Up Against A Wall? Break Through It!

Weight loss is just a small part of a healthy lifestyle. Eat right, exercise, and be fit. Don’t smoke, don’t do drugs, and eat your vitamins. Seems simple enough, right?

But what happens when something happens in your life that makes you feel like it’s spinning out of control? How can you expect to control this difficult aspect of your life when other parts are falling down around you? How much of your life can you expect to control, and how much of it do you feel is going to just ‘happen’, no matter what you do?

Life throws us all curve balls. Some of us have had life changing events in our lives that have affected who we are today. Some have lost loved ones. Some have had traumatic vehicle accidents. Even more of us have dealt with injuries that have taken over our lives. We’ve all got these issues in our lives that seem much more important than that spare tire on our stomachs or the flab on our hips. Whether it’s life or death, or just our own happiness, a healthy lifestyle isn’t just a matter of ‘eating your vitamins’, and hitting the gym.

So what do you do when it’s coming at you from all directions, and you don’t know which was is up? Some people will run to the fridge for safe haven. Who knows how many times I’ve retreated into that glowing, chilled box of calories and comfort food to get a fix. There’s nothing like a box of Twinkies and a large frozen pizza to tell you that everything is going to be OK. But what happens when the pizza carton’s been discarded and those plastic cream-scented wrappers are empty?


We’re not just losing our guts on this mission. We’re not just striving for the perfect abs, bulging biceps and the ability to NOT shake what our mama’s gave us. We’re working towards a goal of perfect health, both physical and mental. When I signed up for this task, I read the contract closely. Nowhere did I see anything that said that it was going to be easy, and there wasn’t a clause at the bottom that said when “life gets tough, go ahead and take a break”. It just doesn’t happen that way.

So, when things get rough in your life, remember what you’re doing, and more importantly, WHY you’re doing it. Don’t shy away from what you really want out of life. Don’t allow for excuses. Don’t retreat back into the shimmering light of the dessert section at your local grocery store.

Find what makes you tick, and go after it. Remember, when life throws that curve ball, choke up on the bat, and take a swing. You might just find yourself knocking the ball out of the park.

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