The journey continues….

The journey has been life long and ongoing. I have cared about my weight at some times more than others. I have worked on it at times and ignored it other times. I have never been a yo-yo dieter…more of a rationalization in my thinking  that this must be how I was created…

This picture was taken on day one of  my Fitness North experience in late October of 2010. This was after a five am cold and wet walk. I see it as the day I started a very intentional journey and that journey continues today and will for many years to come…

But in the last year I have learned to distinguish between weight loss and wellness. I have started to consider the effects of weight that are not reflected on the scale and I have made a commitment to live well. It is not about the scale or the size pants I am wearing, but it is about my choices. What do I believe about myself and why? What am I eating and why? When am I active and how? When am I resting and what am I doing with my time?  Who am I spending time with and how is my spirit renewed when I am with them? Who am I pouring myself out for…. and the questions can go on as I consider my desires to live well.

And this updated picture is taken in February of 2011. The timing is good to see the change as I lose sight sometimes of the benefits of the journey. I am working hard at my new routines and establishing of habits. It is not all joy and roses and I have days when I throw in the towel, but the contrast of these two pictures reminds me that the journey is worth it and the benefits are visible. I am thankful for my family and friends who surround me and the many who love and encourage me. I am convicted again that even the journey of wellness and weight loss was meant to be journeyed in community….