Last night as I was debating about whether to eat more food or not I started to think about the olympics and what the athletes must have to sacrifice in order to reach their goal of olympic gold. There's one commercial in particular that really makes the point that shows the perspective of the athletes as they perform their sports and state how they have not read a book, watched a tv show, or eaten at a restaurant in years. I wanted to post the video but I couldn't find it. I'll post it if I do.
My goals may not be as lofty or as difficult as an olympic hopeful. I'm not in any rush to become a great athlete. But I do relate to having something I want - to be a healthy weight. It's something I've wanted for years. Since I was a teenager.
For something I've wanted for so long, I certainly haven't sacrificed much to get it. Over and over again I've chosen things that hold me back. Sure, I can have cheese fries once in a great while, but it's not the occasional cheese fries that have been my undoing. It's the handful of peanuts, the one or two snuck oreos, an added egg roll, white rice when I could have had brown.
It started to settle in that I don't have to give up half as much as some people do to reach their goals. I can still do many things that I enjoy and the journey to weight loss has brought many new activities that I might not have enjoyed otherwise. It's become a very black and white choice all of a sudden. Either I choose to reach my goal, or I choose to be where I am and have always been.