Honest Abe

November 30, 2016

Honest Abe

 

“Anything worth having is worth fighting for” – Susan Elizabeth Phillips

 

I want it so bad I can hardly stand it!  I can see the results I want, I know what it takes to get there.  Seeing and knowing aren’t doing however.  The doing is the tough part, the part where we find out if the desire to succeed is greater than the sacrifice.  Starting a lifestyle change is very difficult.  This change has certainly proved this yet again.  Many times, I start.  Every time I lack follow through.  This time must be the time I follow through.  It’s all out there.  I didn’t just tell a few close friends, didn’t just declare my dreams to my husband once again.  This time I am ready to do what it takes. 

 

It takes desire.

 

It takes determination.

 

It takes will power.

 

It takes preparation.

 

It takes hard work.

 

It takes commitment.

 

But above all…

 

It takes honesty.

 

Above all you must be honest.  You must look your challenge in the face and believe you can do it, but you must be honest.  Be honest with yourself about what you truly believe you can accomplish within a reasonable amount of time.  Be honest when you mess up.  Be honest when you are struggling.  Be honest with your achievements, they are truly great no matter how small. 

 

My daily dose of honesty?  This journey is hard.  This journey sucks at times.  This journey feels heavy.  I know what I want and I know how to get there but I must be honest about where I am at, what I feel I can accomplish and honest when I screw up.  Honestly?  Right now I am struggling.  A few days in is where you find out what you are made of.  As the detoxing begins and the exhaustion sets in and all you want to do is go to Starbucks for a mocha-yummy and find the biggest slice of pizza to polish off before flopping in to bed, waving the white flag.

 

I’m completely acceptable.  I am fit and healthy.  However, I know I can accomplish my dream of lean and ripped.  I know it will take time.  Honestly, it will take time and serious effort.  I know it requires discipline.  Honestly?  I know I can get through these next few tough days, fighting for what I want. 

 

Honestly.

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