The long road
Saturday, May 18, 2019
My sister and her family lived three hours from the nearest commercial airport. It was more than an hour to the nearest town. The road was long and mostly straight with brown mountains looming in the distance.
There were white crosses beside the road, a memorial to those who had lost their lives. The road was not difficult so why were there so many crosses? How easy it would be to get distracted when driving the same long road, day after day. Maybe they were tired after a long day at work.
We may be here at Spark for many reasons. Our journey is a long, long road. There are the exciting times when motivation is high. Then motivation ebbs, and the road stretches out before us. We may grow tired. It is so daily, not dependent on whether we feel like it.
Those little white crosses beside the road are a good visual of those who have given up on this journey before they reached maintenance. None of us want to be a memorial by the roadside.
I've been pondering how the journey is really two separate things. At first we want to lose weight and inches, look good and feel good. That's the motivation to get us started.
The second and most important part is wanting to embrace a healthy lifestyle that we can sustain the rest of our lives.
Dieting is short term deprivation to achieve those first goals. Over time we let go of dieting and embrace a lifestyle that improves our lives. Losing weight and inches is a by-product of our healthy habits. We fall in love with the process.