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#493: Overcoming Bumps in the Road

Monday, June 20, 2011

This week's Orlando Sentinel newspaper carried a report about how the current Florida budget does not provide funding for a new building at the University of Central Florida (UCF).

When asked to comment, M.J. Soileau, a UCF spokesman, said, "We have humps and bumps all the time as a public institution. We didn't get this far to stop at the first bump. We will not move forward at the pace we wanted, but we won't fold the tent and go home, either."

Isn't that an inspiring attitude, one that not only applies to campus construction but that applies equally to our weight loss efforts?

Notice what he said:

"We have bumps and humps all the time..."
"We didn't get this far to stop at the first bump."
"...we won't fold the tent and go home..."

Doesn't that describe our journeys to become thinner people? Don't we hit bumps along the way, times when our progress stagnates and the scale refuses to budge?

When we do, let's recall those wise phrases above and know that we will have detours but that these detours need not derail us. Let's not give up at the first difficult time. When we hit a rough spot along the way, let us vow to never give up, to never fold our tent and go home.

We can do this, one pound at a time, no matter how long it takes, for we are warriors who do not quit trying. We are in this for the long haul and we will not allow a bump in the road to stop our progress.

Will we?
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    That is a great attitude! And it is something that I learned here on SP.

    I had very much an 'all or nothing' approach to dieting for many years - which, of course, led to 'nothing.'

    It's a great approach to life in general, too. If you have chosen a goal - then don't get discouraged too easily. Stay the course.

    3539 days ago
    I will keep on trying.

    3539 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Not a chance! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3542 days ago
    Love this one, Lou. Thank you. Quitting is not an option and it's very good to be reminded of that often.

    I didn't realize you were near UCF. My oldest was earnestly considering attending there. She'll graduate the end of the fall semester here in our town. Her beau is doing his first year at Full Sail online. Next summer, they'll move to your area for him to complete his second year of Full Sail. She'll take that year off to work and then, after he graduates, resume her studies in biology (though she's leaning hard toward marine biology).

    May I impose upon you in a big way? May I set up a meet between you and Michelle once she's there? It would ease this mama's heart to know she had some friends in place there. One very, VERY good friend of ours lives nearby (you would love Linda... and she's single, by the way! lol) but I'd love to have you meet Chelle and Josh, as well. I think you would enjoy her. She's a remarkable and lovely young lady.
    3542 days ago
    emoticon We CAN do this! Bumpity, bump, bump, look at us Sparkies GO! emoticon
    3542 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    Great quote! I'm copying it and putting it on my refrigerator!
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    3542 days ago
    Nicely said!
    3542 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    What a emoticon analogy Lou. I have bumps, (Literally) that need to be taken care of and WE WILL SUCCEED!
    3542 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8301081
    The bumps keep us from getting too relaxed and falling asleep at the wheel. emoticon

    3542 days ago
    No bump's going to stop MY journey! Besides, if I let it, I'd have ten friends just like Lou kicking my behind to get me back on the road! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3542 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    It's so true. We all struggle, but that's not a reason to give up. Great blog!
    3542 days ago
    Count me in fellow warrior, no quitting on my end!

    3542 days ago
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