We all know people who have conquered considerable odds on the way to meeting their goals, no matter what they may be. We hear their stories, we see their victories, and we applaud because they’ve done so much.
But there are other types of courage, in this case, the courage to keep trying despite numerous attempts that didn’t work. My dear friend, S, has this courage. She’s tried WW, Jenny Craig, and other commercial programs. She’s done exercise program after exercise program, including a couple of hospital-based ones. She’s counted everything that could be counted: fat grams, carb grams, calories, exercise minutes, protein. Let’s not forget support groups and journaling. You name it, she’s tried it.
And nothing clicked. Yet, she persisted in her search for the right formula for her, or as she put it recently ‘the answer.’
Recently, however, something has changed dramatically. S has realized that the process doesn’t end, that maintenance pretty much looks like losing. And what’s more, she’s agreed to go public with her efforts. (If anyone is interested in finding the story of her journey, let me know!)
Courage – to persist, to talk to experts in the field, including people who have lost huge amounts of weight and kept it off, exercise experts, medical professionals, dieticians, friends, etc., and to take what resonates and try it again. And then to revise it if it’s not working.
Some people might look at S and see someone who can’t stick with a program. But I see someone who has the courage to realize and admit that something isn’t working and to keep looking for the right combination.
So, here’s to success for this next effort, and confidence that even it this isn’t the right combination, S will figure it out. And will make it last.