#218: Hanging Tough in Tough Times
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Last month on Jan. 4 I began treatment with a new medicine called Byetta, a twice-a-day injectable dose that controls hunger and levels out blood sugars. Until then, my blood sugar readings for the previous three months were irregular and high and the weight kept climbing to an all-time high.
Now, the readings are within the normal ranges.
But the best news? My weight was down 11 pounds! In just less than a month!
To have finally stopped gaining weight and actually have lost some is reinforcing and tells me that progress can happen, even if aided by the marvels of medicine when a plan such as SP's is followed.
While the scale continued its upward climb I tried to be upbeat and encouraging, knowing that what I expressed would settle itself in my mind and feed upon itself.
That, I think, is a valuable lesson to learn: What seeds of thoughts we plant in our minds will sprout and blossom, whether the thoughts be negative or positive.
"Formulate and stamp indelibly on your mind a mental picture of yourself as succeeding. Hold this picture tenaciously. Never permit it to fade. Your mind will seek to develop the picture." Norman Vincent Peale
So, no matter how bleak your outlook seems, believe with all of your heart and soul that things will get better, that life's troubles will one day lessen. It may seem difficult to do at first. After all, it is easier to be gloomy and sad than perky and upbeat when faced with stress and problem after problem.
But, just like tying your shoelaces or riding a bike or driving a car, repetition soon overcomes the anxiety of uncertainty and is replaced by positive belief in our success at these ventures.
There's an old saying that tough times never last but tough people do.
Constantly tell yourself things will improve. And, as offered several times before, stick with your program one meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time.
For me, 11 pounds down on the doctor's scale and 15 on mine. Either way, success has finally found me. For that I am grateful and encouraged.
So, too, will you be if you just hang tough and believe in yourself.