"Though no one can go back and make a brand new start,
anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending." ~ Anonymous

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Ambition Shadow

As I was cleaning out my wallet the other day I came across a fortune I had saved from a fortune cookie once. It read:
"Do not let ambitions overshadow small success."

I felt it was a perfect response to my emotional moment the other day.

I have an ambition to reach my healthy weight, but if I'm not careful I can let that ambition and final goal overshadow and cast darkness on the small successes along the way. It's easy to look at the calendar and think how far I could've already been in my weight loss journey if I had gotten either my exercise or my eating in better order earlier on.

But wait.

What if I hadn't done anything at all? What if seeing 232 pounds on the scale last April would've saddened me, but I never did anything about it. What if hiding myself on purpose behind my kids in a photo wouldn't have embarrassed me enough to start doing something about my weight?

I wouldn't be where I am today.
  • Noticing when I eat too much and learning why so I can change.
  • Eating smaller portions.
  • Choosing fruit to go along with meals.
  • Drinking water throughout the day instead of soda or iced tea.
  • Caring whether non-dairy powdered creamer has more or less calories than half-n-half.
  • On week four of the Couch to 5K program and thinking how easy it is becoming for me to jog at 4.0 mph.
  • Oh, and 24 pounds lighter. :)
No, at eight months into my weight loss journey I'm not even halfway to my goal of 140 pounds,heck I haven't even broken 200 pounds yet, but I have persevered and made many small successes along the way. I will not let the ambition to reach my goal weight steal the joy that each small victory has afforded me.


  1. I think you are doing great! It's so much more than just losing the weight fast, you know? It's all about getting your head in the right place and your body will follow at its own pace.

  2. Thanks for the perspective. You are doing fabulous!

  3. Leah, you are so right. The thing is, you are progressing. Is it as fast as you want it to be? I'll answer that with a question. Is it ever? We just have to keep doing the right things, knowing we are getting closer and closer toward the goal every day.