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January 26,2005
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Do not undermine your worth by comparing yourself with others, It is because we are different that each of us is special.  Do not set your goals by what other people deem important. Only you know what is best for you.  Do not take for granted the things closest to your heart.  Cling to them as you would your life, for without them, life is meaningless.  Do not let your life slip through your fingers by living in the past nor for the future.  By living your life one day at a time, you live all the days of your life.  Do not give up when you still have something to give.  Nothing is really over until the moment you stop trying.  It is a fragile thread that binds us to each other.  Do not be afraid to encounter risks.  It is by taking chances that we learn how to be brave.  Do not shut out of your life by saying it is impossible to find.  The quickest way to receive love is to give love; the fastest way to lose love is to hold it too tightly.  In addition, the best way to keep love is to give it wings.  Do not dismiss your dreams.  To be without dreams is to be without hope; to be without hope is to be without purpose.  Do not run through life so fast that you forget not only where you have been, but also where you are going.  Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way.

Author Unknown

 

I have been living this life now for over three years. When I read this quote regarding do not give up until you have nothing to give really hit home for me.  I have seen many lose weight only to put it back on and then some, that was my way as well.  Many have asked me why this time it has been different. My answer is simple.. I have tasted the good life.  I know what it feels like to be thin and healthy and I NEVER want to go back to the old me.  I will not give up... I am not perfect...there is no fairy sprinkling thin dust on me.  I work at it...sometimes I succeed and other times fail...but I haven't given up.  There have been obstacles along the way...and they too pass by.  I am not as thin as I was when I reached goal and it seems that maintaining to me has been a struggle with 20 pounds...up and down.  Now some may think that is not great, but for me..one who has never managed to keep the bulk of the weight off it is a tremendous accomplishment.

It scares me when I read the statistics about people who have lost weight and kept it off it is around 5 percent...so at times I wonder if I am fighting a losing battle (pun intended).  But I have come to realize I just have to live for the day and be done with it.  I wanna remain one of those five percent and I will continue to work at it.  As said in the quote,

"Life is not a race, but a journey to be savored each step of the way."

So I continue this journey of mine with both optimism and gratitude.