Let's be Serious a Minute
Sunday, August 06, 2017
Today was weigh-in day, and happily the scale showed a 15 pound weight loss in two months' time, which is halfway to my November goal of 30 pounds. That means I'm a little ahead of schedule. And even though this is the last month for the pool, I feel like I can keep up with my walking and yoga in September and October to keep the exercise flow going. And once November hits, I plan to walk every day, so all is going according to plan.
Even though I'm very pleased that I've lost some weight, and I'm turning it around, and that's all good, I can't help but look back. Today I weigh 245. Last November, I weighed 247. According to online records from my clinic, I weighed 242 in 2009. That's eight years of carrying around these 15 pounds, gaining, them, losing them, time after time, and never making any further progress at the other 40 some pounds that would get me back to 200, which was a milestone for me back in 2007. And that was still 50 pounds further away from an ideal weight according to all the medical recommendations.
The fact that I've mindlessly let so much time slip away while I've neglected my health and well being is appalling. Why is it so easy for us to let ourselves down, take ourselves for granted, and overlook our very basic needs of health and happiness? We effortlessly put excuses and obstacles in our paths and procrastinate while time races on, gathering momentum, racing headlong toward the end of our existence.
Well, no more. This time around, this journey is not just to look better, or be stronger, or be less tired. This journey is to put myself first, every day, and take care of me. EVERY DAY. Not when I have a minute, and it's convenient, or when I remember. Stop making choices that are hurtful, unhealthy, and counterproductive. Stop wasting time. I cannot get back yesterday, or last month, or all those years that led to being overweight. But if I waste today, knowing full well that I have the ability to do better, that is unconscionable.