You may have heard this saying before:
When the going gets tough, the tough get going.
This quote resonates with me on a lot of levels. There have been times in my life when I had to get going to make things happen, and times in my life where I wish I had taken more immediate action to make things happen.
For example, John and I had to learn the hard way how to get out of credit card debt, because we didn’t “get going” on a plan until things had gotten beyond tough. (Thank you Dave Ramsey and his book, “The Total Money Makeover.)
From a weight loss perspective, staying “tough” when the process got rough was one of the best things I ever did.
You see, losing weight is not easy. If it were, we would all be at a healthy weight. But we aren’t, because the pressures society exerts on us make it very easy to swim with the tide and eat huge portions at restaurants, sit down more than we are up, and use food as entertainment.
When you weight loss journey gets tough, you sometimes have to swim against the tide. I know I did.
I had to dig deep and find my inner toughie when my friends were trying to tempt me with foods I did not want or when my mind was telling me that it was okay to purchase a Number 1 combo meal from McDonald’s.
That inner tough spirit came in handy when I found myself staring down the candy aisle at the grocery store or deciding whether I really needed to exercise on Tuesday because I had just exercised the day before.
None of my friends would have described me as “tough.” Sarcastic, yes. Tough, no. But when I was losing weight I discovered that I was stronger, yes tougher, than I ever thought I was.
Finding your inner tough spirit can help you when this journey gets rough. I have met so many people who had some success and just slowly softened their stances on clean eating, healthy living, and exercise. Eventually, they quit altogether and almost always regained their weight.
To find my inner tough girl I realized a few things about myself.
1. I had ever right to say no when I needed to and say yes when I needed to.
2. This was my path. My journey. My life.
3. Any decision I made had an impact on my life.
4. I was worth getting tough for.
How are you doing when the going gets tough? Do you get stronger or find yourself swimming with the tide? Diane
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