Friday, October 19, 2012

Sometimes Things Just Work Out

It's been nearly six months since I last posted anything here. It's been a bit of a rocky road. There have been frictions and fractions in both my personal and professional life. I have found on more than one occasion that my no-nonsense, just-do-it attitude towards weight loss and fitness has rubbed people the wrong way. As I've stated often enough, I made all those 'I can't' remarks myself. Heck, I was the original 'I can't' girl until I discovered it was really just a case of 'I don't want to because it's hard'.

So, I decided to remain positive and hopeful and believe that things would work out. If my approach to a healthier lifestyle was working, I had to be doing something right, wouldn't you think? And it turns out I was right.

 I obsessed for a few months about not having regular weigh-ins and where that would lead me. I didn't stick to my regimen of working out on my own at the beach because it was just too hot this past summer. So, I became less fit and gained five pounds. I was forced to conclude I had no choice but to go back to working with a trainer, so with money set aside for travel I bought us a year's membership at the fitness studio where I trained this past winter. I also went back to running on the boardwalk at the beach. Result:  Stronger, fitter, thinner. Poorer too! But not in spirit.

About that spirit: renewed faith in my ability to stay thin and fit meant renewed faith in life going in the direction I wanted it to. Difficulties in the workplace resolved themselves in an almost storybook fashion. It's like I had a fairy godmother, but she's really just a new manager who has a similar outlook on life to mine. We get along; no friction there. I knew I had landed on my feet when I told her about people finding my approach to weight loss a bit abrasive and hard to take. She said "You can't save the world." And she's right.

Several of the gospels quote Jesus as saying "Let those who have ears hear". If there is a message here for anyone to understand it is said best in the quote below:

"Living well is the best revenge."
                                                - George Herbert 1593 - 1633 - English poet