About 6 weeks ago, I set a goal to lose 10 lbs by Christmas. This was an aggressive goal as almost nobody loses weight through the holidays and because I recently quit smoking (a life event that is usually accompanied by gaining a few lbs).
I figured this would be offset and overcome by the fact that I recently cut alcohol from my diet, started an aggressive weight lifting routine, and have cut way back on fast food and dining out.
Well, just before writing this at 7:00 a.m. Christmas morning I stepped on to the scale for my final weigh in. And... drum-roll please... during this 6 week stretch I've gained 6 lbs.
Lol... not quite the 10 lb loss I was looking for, but also not anything that negates the importance of these healthy lifestyle decisions nor justifies giving up.
The facts are I feel better, I look better, and I am healthier. I will continue to live a healthy lifestyle and will continue to set goals, but I will not allow a short term measurement to derail my progress nor defer my determination.
As the great poet Joe Dirt says, "keep on keepin' on." And as the perhaps even more authoritative Apostle Paul once wrote... “So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” - Galatians 6:9 NLT
Merry Christmas, God bless, and cheers to you achieving your goals (or at least continuing to do good).
Thanks for letting me share.
Aaron Sorrels - The Unemployed Alcoholic
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