Just finished an exciting book titled "Escape From The Deep" by Alex Kershaw, a remarkable tale of the USS Submarine Tang during World War II.
The Tang and its crew had performed flawlessly during five attack missions, until it fired its last of 24 torpedoes on it's fifth and final sojourn.
That torpedo somehow misfired and circled back from its intended target to strike the Tang in the stern, sinking the boat under 180 feet of water. Of the crew, only nine escaped, the first time anyone had escaped from a sunken sub.
After their rescue, they were brutalized by their captors as POWs. Only eight ultimately survived.
The reason for this summary is to share the thought that, like the Tang, we can do everything right on our weight loss and exercise program only to find the results biting us in the, um, uh, stern.
We work hard at the gym, we diligently watch what and how much we eat yet the scale doesn't budge and our clothes do not fit any looser. In fact, the scale may move upward and the clothes feel tighter.
It seems unreasonable to expect that steady progress will be made every day without fail and without any setbacks.
Still, when this happens, like the Tang's intrepid sailors, we must fight on and use our ingenuity to find alternative ways to attack our exercises and innovative meals to add to our food plan.
As the survivors discovered, attempting an escape by "normal" means would not be successful and would actually lead to their demise. They hit a hurdle in the road, adapted and overcame.
If you're faced with a scale that seems stubbornly stuck on one weight, or you feel depressed because your clothes are suddenly a bit tighter than usual, consider it as a temporary roadblock and as the Tang's heroes did, find a way to adapt and overcome.
Eventually, with enough effort, success will once more show its face on the scale, on the amount of weight we can lift, on the length of our cardio sessions and in how our clothes fit.
But only if we do not give up at the first hint of a setback. What we are faced with is insignificant in comparison to the sailors who fought, with nearly their last breath, to survive and win.
Let's take a lesson from the brave men of the Tang and never give up. Let's continually focus on our long-term goal and believe with our last breath that we will succeed.