She wrote, “And nothing tastes as good as this feels!!!” She sent me a picture of how far she’d come. I found it hard to imagine I was looking at the same person I used to know. She was part of the reason that I imagined I could achieve a lot of success this time. If she could do it with so many obstacles, how hard should it be for me to stop the rationalizations and just do it?
I re-read it. And again.
It struck me as resonantly as “Choose your hard” had many weeks before. Why that one stuck in my head when so much for so many years hadn’t is another mystery.
For her, she meant that all the bad food choices couldn’t compare to the elation and satisfaction of being who she’s supposed to be.
While her comment was focused on her war with eating properly, it also extends to other areas in life. The payoff at the end of the race, the peace of making a long series of decisions that result in a triumph of consequences…
Once you’ve done the work and reached your goal, it really is hard to let yourself fall into the trap again.
At least at first.
The pain of ‘who’ we were before getting to our own pinnacle is still fresh enough to serve as a reminder.
Life intercedes. Time evaporates. Fatigue weakens our resolve. Loneliness and self-esteem issues propel us backward.
It’s why I constantly remind myself that yo-yoing dramatically in weight must be approached in a manner similar to how we deal with addiction.
It is okay to fall off the wagon. Just don’t let it run you over.
In my case, there is more to it. But it certainly isn’t willpower.