Today's writing prompt: Learned the Hard Way...What's a lesson you learned the hard way? Write about it for 15 minutes.
Well one lesson I learned...After I finish viewing Redbox movies, I must remember to place the previously viewed movies in my line of sight. If not, I forget that I rented them, thus resulting in my ownership of a new movie. And let me tell you, I own quite an extensive collection of Redbox movies.
Seriously...a lesson, or THE lesson in life that I learned the hard way (and continue to learn on a daily basis)...
"Your body is a baggage you must carry through life. The more excess baggage, the shorter the trip."
Arnold H. GlasgowBy fault of my own, I never attained the skill set necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Instead of eating healthy and exercising regularly, I chose the destructive route. I abused my body with unhealthy food and yo-yo diets. As well, I lived a sedimentary lifestyle. Exercise consisted of the following:
- Sit-ups: Sitting up from lying down on the couch while watching hours and hours of trashy television.
- Pull-ups: Pulling my chair up to the table.
- Curls: Curling eating utensils to my mouth to shovel in food.
|My MOM! Of course she placed in her age group. While she took this picture I was probably still running. LOL.|
In high school I stayed active, but when I transitioned from high school into "real life" I quickly learned that garbage in resulted in garbage out. I continued to eat the same garbage, but I failed to maintain the same level of activity. As the weight quickly piled on I tried one fad diet after the other.
And the end result...I lost the weight. Yea, I lost the weight, but then gained it back and then some. The fad diets served as a quick fix which prevented me from learning how to get healthy and STAY healthy.
I finally experienced the proverbial "straw that broke the camels back," and decided to turn my rotund life around. I joined Weight Watchers and made a conscious effort to remove this excess baggage from my body...58 lbs. removed.
Despite my success with Weight Watchers, I still continue to struggle on a daily basis. When I feel like throwing in the towel, I remind myself weight loss requires persistence, not perfection.
To sum things up, the lesson I learned the hard weigh (You like my play on words?) I wish I made an effort to acquire the skill set necessary to live AND maintain a healthy lifestyle.
If I had...
I would NOT be spending day after day in agony fighting my food demons and internally struggling with my inner fat girl. Repeatedly, my inner big girl rears her head and makes an unwanted appearance, but I keep her at bay by rolling my eyes ~_~ and telling her..."b!tch please...move on!"
What's a lesson you learned the hard way?