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DAY#51 - speedibumpo
When I was in college I went with my friend, Doug to Mexico for a month over Christmas. We spent our time at a mission and traveled around to various portable chapels in the surrounding countryside visiting local pastors and their congregations. The missions vans were pretty skin and bones and some of them didn't have conventional seats. They put regular wooden benches in them along the side walls and sat on them for their long trips. To be nice to me the guys let me drive cause the driver seat was the most comfortable.

After a few minutes of careful driving I threw caution to the wind and hit the gas and we went flying down the primitive road. About 5 minutes into my drive the mexicans sitting in the back starting yelling speedibumpo speedibumpo speedibumpo. I was confused by the very fast yelling and turned to look at one of the guys who could interpret for me at the same time we hit a huge Speed Bump. The guys in the back went flying, hit their heads on the hard ceiling of the van and came crashing down onto a pile on the floor. The scene looked like something you would see in a cartoon, unfortunately it was real.

Speed bumps have never been my friend. They are always placed at the most inconvenient places and in the middle of a path I would like to navigate quickly. Fortunately sometimes I actually do see them before I hit them. However, I have been blind sided by them more than once.

My concern in my new 'diet' is that I have been doing really really well now for over a month I have been dropping weight at a great pace. That number on the scale keeps going down. My confidence is getting greater. A SPEED BUMP IS COMING. Maybe not this week, but soon there will be a spot where the scale doesn't move and I hit a plateau. It is crazy how a speed bump can mess you up mentally. Discouragement and the feeling of failure can creep in at a moments notice. All can seem lost.

I am trying to prepare myself for these moments and days to come. That I will not let a plateau in my weight loss be a catastrophic speed bump in my progress.
Speed bumps are temporary and what I am doing must last. Perhaps that is what makes a diet a lifestyle change?

[2010-05-05]
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