Slow and Steady Wins the Race

January 6, 2012 at 6:20 pm 2 comments

Genie in a Lamp

Have you ever wondered what you wish for if you found a genie in a lamp. I wondered that several times and every time I quickly knew what my first wish would be (right after wishing for unlimited wishes, of course.) I knew that if I ever came upon my magic genie, I would wish that I could be thin. How wonderful would that be, to suddenly be through with allĀ  the frustration and low self-esteem and just be beautiful. Honestly, I thought about so many times because I figured that a genie was the only way my “thin” dream would ever become a reality. I just didn’t see how I could do it, and the whole “one step at a time” approach felt like it would take way too long.

Winning the Lottery

My pastor has said something that I think is very wise. In talking about finances, he has said that winning the lottery is not the big break that people are looking for. Sure, on the surface it seems great. You win $10,000,000 and you are set for life. Zero to hero in twenty seconds flat. But when someone who has no idea what to do with money suddenly gains a fortune, what is to stop this person from buying every little thing his heart has ever desired and then, in just a few years (or months) the money is mysteriously gone, evaporated into thin air, it seems. How is it that one man with piles of lottery-gained money ends up worse off than a guy that starts off with $1,000 and slowly builds up his business? The answer lies in the journey.

The Journey

We dream about winning the lottery, of having all the money we need – suddenly – to take of every need in life. After that, we could sit comfortably for the rest of our lives. And when we resolve (at New Year’s or any other time of the year) to loose weight and get fit, we find ourselves looking at the long road stretched out before us and wishing…wishing for a weight version of the lottery story. If only we could wake up tomorrow and be 25…50….150lbs lighter and ready to take it easy for the rest of our lives. We have reached our goal weight, where beauty, happiness, rainbows and unicorns await us for the rest of our favored, slim-figured lives. This is why we see the ads for the diet pills that make you lose 10 lbs in 10 days, or drink our special shake only and you are guaranteed to lose 25 lbs in one month. But just like the man who suddenly comes into money, if we got our wish we would have no idea how to maintain and sustain our sudden health bounty. Because we had not cultivated new life patterns, we would quickly climb right back to the level of health we have stayed at for so many years. It would not be long (mere months for most of us) before we were right back were we started, embittered from our small taste of freedom. No, even though it is difficult, the road is long and arduous, and we get weak and sick along the way, it is the road, the journey, that teaches us how to live in our new bodies. We make choice after choice in our quest for health, and each choice is one more step towards new habits. Even though, looking ahead, we can’t see our destination, when we find ourselves suddenly there, we will arrive with the knowledge of how to live once there. Don’t despise the journey. It is the journey that decides the outcome!

How goes your journey?

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  • 1. Diet Schmiet (@Schmiet)  |  January 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

    I completely agree with your comments about the journey and the genie (have written similar posts). I did confess I’d still probably ask to be thin (maybe permanently thin… wait a minute, wasn’t there a Stephen King short story about that – someone and a pie?!).

    Anyway, I agree as for me the mindset is all-important and I’ve lost weight before only to regain it… so there needs to be SOMETHING in the journey that I learn from so it doesn’t happen again.

    I’m not there yet, but hopefully getting there! (Small breakthroughs perhaps!)

    Deb

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    • 2. skinnygirlrobbins  |  January 7, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      As always, your comment makes me more determined to stay the course!

      Reply

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