Saturday, May 15, 2010

It’s Time to Look Inside

Welcome to "Same Old Sh*t" Saturday, where I root through my archive's cellar and try to find something that the expiration date hasn't passed too far by yet. Most of the time, I choose something that tickles my funny bone, but this kind of made me sit up and think for a minute, which is really all I can ever ask from a post. If you stopped by for something silly, move along... nothing to see here.

You’ve spent a lot of time gazing at that too-fat frame in the mirror, frowning at the double chins and loathing those love handles. You’ve stared hard, trying to locate that thin, healthy person that wants so desperately to get out, wants so badly to take his or her place in this bright shiny world.

You know, I really do want this for you, but at the end of the day, that really matters not a whit. You’ve got to want it for yourself. And when I say you’ve got to want it, I mean something entirely different than “Gee, it sure would be nice if I dropped a few pounds one of these days.” You know as well as I do that one of these days is none of these days. In my mind, wanting it equates to resolution and responsibility, it equates to strength and sacrifice.

I have no doubt that you’ve got fortitude you didn’t even know you had. In fact, we all do. It’s just a matter of finding that reservoir of purpose and persistence that exists deep inside you and tapping into it. Find the strength to embrace healthy life-choices and do what you have to do to push away traps and temptations.

What’s stopping you? Your job? Your family? The stresses of your daunting and difficult life? Puh-leeeze! Don’t tell me it’s too hard, because there’s no damn way this is too hard for you. Too hard is losing a child or being diagnosed with a terminal illness. Too hard is becoming the victim of random violence or facing financial ruin. No matter how dire this weight problem seems, it is something that you can overcome. It is something you are going to overpower.

So again I ask, what’s stopping you? Or let me rephrase the question: why aren’t you doing it today? Six months ago I was in a bad place, feeling (at nearly 300 lbs) both as large as I’ve ever been and, at the same time, as small as I’ve ever been. A small amount of self-confidence, a small amount of pride.

The changes I made in my life were miniscule, in retrospect. They were the common sense corrections that each of us understand is the game plan for successful weight loss… eating less, eating healthier, exercising more. It really doesn’t have to be any more complex than that, but you’ve got to feel it somewhere deeper than your head or your heart. You’ve gotta reach down and find the “want-to” that’s going to power you past every roadblock, every hurdle, every barricade that stands between you and your goals.

If you’re here, reading these words, then chances are you’ve been talking this over with yourself for quite some time, debating your future with your full-figured reflection. Maybe even talking with others about this journey you know in your heart you need to make. Talking’s all well and good, my friend, but I invite you to start walking the walk. Start owning up to the challenge that’s right there in front of you. Start putting your health and happiness as the #1 priority on your to-do list.

When you’re down in a dark hole gripping tightly to a shovel, there’s an illogical, unreasonable temptation to dig, even though digging can’t get you back to safety and can only make a perilous predicament even worse. Now’s the time for you to set aside the spade, take a deep, cleansing breath and start making that long climb back into the sunshine. Climbing is hard work, to be sure, but you know what?

So is digging.


  1. I love you, Jack!
    Of course, you knew that already ... but it's as worthy of repeating as this post.

  2. This post was exactly what I needed to motivate me to do better today! Thank you for posting it!!

  3. You're so right Jack! This week was not only a successful "dieting week" for me It was a new journey I"ve never felt before because emotionally, I know my purpose and my purpose is worth more than any food in my mouth.

  4. What's stopping you is EXACTLY what I have been looking at for quite awhile. Sometimes the answers to that are just as out of reach as expecting to lose 50 lbs overnight! But once you SEE that, the path is WIDE OPEN!
    Thanks for digging this up out of the archives!

  5. Eat smarter. Move more.

    So easy a concept, so hard to overcome a lifetime of overindulgence and inactivity.

    But the payoff makes it worth it in so many ways.

  6. Good one Jack, some choice words there!

  7. My story.

    I was convinced I could not lose weight, again.

    One Saturday I was googling random swear words to express my mood, and I guess I typed "sh*t" & hit enter...suddenly I was staring at a weird weight loss blog with a black background. The blogger was ranting about some poor fat family he'd observed. Many blog followers ranted along with him, but a few reeled him back in.

    I thought, "Huh. That's different. A blogger who isn't terminally arrogant."

    Thirty five lbs lighter and I'm still reading (between my laughter and a few sobs.)

    Love ya dude.


  8. I love the quirky humor and the fun that you impart but most of all I really appreciate todays post. I am just discovering this piece of the journey. I am not very articulate so I appreicate your saying the reality of losing weight and getting healthy so well...

  9. Well always!!

  10. "Climbing is hard work, to be sure, but you know what?

    So is digging."


    Thanks Jack

  11. Thanks for this. It seems every time I start "climbing" I find a reason to jump back down and start digging - can't figure out why I keep sabotaging myself.

  12. Thanks for posting that, Jack. It was just the encouragement I needed today. Sometimes, when a person has so far to go, you lose sight of why you are on the journey. This post helped me to remember why I'm doing this.



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