The way station was nice, but I’m moving on…

Way Station No. 2. Artist: David Carmack Lewis

“…Mental health is based on a certain degree of tension, the tension between what one has already achieved and what one still ought to accomplish, or the gap between what one is and what one should become… What man actually needs is not a tensionless state but rather the striving and struggling for some goal worthy of him.”
—Victor Frankl, as quoted in Lean for Life Phase Two: Lifetime Solutions

This past summer, my husband and I took a driving trip across the United States to support my nephew as he graduated from Army boot camp. We traveled from southern California to South Carolina and back again. It was an adventure, but sometimes it was grueling; the stops along the way were very brief—only to gas up, eat, and sleep. On the other side of the country, we had about five days of rest. We stayed put, saw some sites, and just hung out with each other. The respite was much needed, but eventually we had to say farewell and get back on the road.

The journey to lose 95 pounds will be long and sometimes grueling.

I’ve been at the same weight for almost two months. I have enjoyed the side trip that was this weight, because the contrast between 225 and 188 pounds is enormous. It has felt fantastic. I have felt light and free.

However, at my current weight, I’m starting to feel as yucky as I did at 225.  I feel big. I feel encumbered. My reality check mirror is telling me the truth. You’ve got a ways to go, chica. Get back on the trail.

So the little side trip I took, hanging out at this weight, this way station? I’m done with this place. It was tempting to stay, but I’ve stayed too long. It’s not home. There are much better destinations ahead.

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7 thoughts on “The way station was nice, but I’m moving on…

  1. What an awesome post! I have had those same feelings and now I’m finding that even though I’m MUCH closer to my “after” weight than my “before” weight, I feel much more like the before weight…

    But I think it’s a good thing – keeps us motivated to keep going, right? 🙂

  2. truly feel that I was directed to your blog!

    Thanks you for sharing.

    I google everything — but was looking for a specific picture and ended up at your blog!!!!

    R

    • I’m so glad you found my blog, Randy. Taking a little break from new posts (life gets crazy)! More to come soon.

  3. Thanks so much for this info. I just started and I’m on the 3 protein days and I could use the advice and love to read about your amazing journey.

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