Tuesday, September 29, 2009

DAY 51 Stages of Change & Joy

Hello Journal!

Monday I visited a blog I have been following, and it moved me to tears. It touched me...and this young man and I met at the heart level. He is only 27 years old, but must have an "old soul". He is in a struggle for his life, like most of us who started extremely heavy.

His blog is called Stages of Change (here)and he started his journey at 618 lbs. He takes great photographs which he posts at times, and I wasn't surprised to discover that he plays the piano. Most of the musicians I have known, including those in my own family, feel deeply. His writing seems very honest and heartfelt.

What he said that resonated with me was this: that the weight was only a symptom, and he had a lot to work through...he wanted to do it the healthy way...he wanted to heal emotionally/mentally/spiritually AND physically...he understood it was a process of learning and growing, and it was not always fun, and it won't be a perfect journey...but he is excited about his bright future.

Oh, I smiled so big when I read this. When we finally get to the place where we stop looking for the quick fix...the magic bullet, and embrace the WORK of getting healthy...then the REAL progress begins.

I could beat myself up for not starting this journey at his age...OR, I could feel joy that this young man has found the way...and be happy and grateful that I, too, have finally found the way. I choose the JOY.

We are both on our way to our bright new futures! I am excited for us both. :-)

From Dr Phil's book: "Choose the right attitude and the right behavior to generate the right results."

My verse for today: "Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive ourselves. Do what it says."

My quote for today: "Decide what you want, decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities. And go to work."--H.L. Hunt

Enjoy the Journey,



CinciMom11 said...

I checked out his blog, which I'm now following. He is excellent!

Scarlet Simple said...

His blog is amazing. I'm following now too.

Anonymous said...

Aww sounds nice, I will have to go check out his blog.

antgirl said...

Took me awhile to get to that point, too. He's wiser than I am.

Rettakat said...

I am glad you all like him...I feel the same way. And I want to encourage him, but I also know I will learn from him.

Debbie said...

Hi Loretta, I just came across your blog and I think it's terrific. I, too, am engaged in a weight loss journey of my own....losing 212 pounds at 46 years old(as of next Friday).


I do agree there is no quick fix. If there were no one would be overweight. I love the positive attitude! Hang in there! Keep up the great work! Maybe we can inspire each other along the way! Good luck!

Rettakat said...

Hi Debbie,
Looks like we started our blogs around the same time. Thanks for visiting me, and here's to enjoying the journey together!

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