This was posted the other day in one of the Facebook groups I follow. I think it’s hilarious!

Our society is so into fast fixes and quick shortcuts. I have seen like 3 advertisements from celebrities advertising a way to take off major weight in just weeks. It’s some pill you take from a plant I’ve never heard of. But the company must be paying mega bucks to some celebrities!

When I want to find out what the weather is, I don’t even have to wait for the weatherman to forecast the weather during the next newscast. I don’t even have to look out the window! I can look at my phone or even faster – ask Alexa!

So it makes total sense that when we are making lifestyle changes, we want those changes NOW.

I ran across some old pictures this past week. My oldest son just had a beautiful daughter. My daughter had a cute son about 5 months ago. And those two babies… I love them! However, they look JUST like my kids spouses. Like WHAT??? How can that be that my Passey family gene is that recessive. So in an attempt to find baby pictures of my two oldest kids, I started going through old pictures of my family 23 years ago.

Here my son is about 6 months old.

 

Here we are when he was at 18 months. I was actually pregnant with my daughter in this picture.

My daughter (second child) was just a few weeks old here.

This one may be the most painful one of all. This was the period in my life where I decided to take my own life the first time. The scale topped 200 lbs and I was sure that life was not worth living to someone that large. Luckily, my plans failed and I have been able to be a mom to many kids more. Look at those kids and husband I was willing to leave behind. All because of a number on a scale. 🙁

I obviously have struggled with my weight for most my adult life. Those pictures of me are painful for me to look at. The scales would fluctuate a bit, but I just never could figure things out and how to lose weight.  

  • I studied.
  • I listened to experts.
  • I tried lots of things.
  • I exercised.
  • I ate healthy grains and veggies

And it just didn’t work for me. I just couldn’t get the weight off.

Fast forward to today….

I have a beautiful family and 2 grandkids! I am so blessed. I am also healthier than I’ve been for most of my adult life. When I look at these pictures I don’t cringe. I feel so blessed.

It’s important for you, my friends, to realize that this didn’t take me a week, month, year, or even a few years to reach.

It has taken me a lifetime of failure, growth, success, failure again, trial, error, failure again, and falling down again and again and again.

This is a JOURNEY my friends.  And it isn’t an easy one. It’s a marathon, not a sprint.

While working as a Weight Watchers leader I would have people tearfully tell me they wish they had a different struggle in life. They would give anything to have to deal with other trials instead.

But that’s not really true. That is a “grass is greener on the other side” view. Yes, our journeys hurt. We get cuts, bruises, and scars. However, your journey is meant just for YOU. You are strong enough and brave enough and good enough to conquer whatever is in your path.

Your journey is full of small gems of wisdom and special gifts. Those gems and gifts are only given to those on your path. They have to be earned.

The view from top of your own personal mountain of struggles is the most beautiful view you’ll ever see! You will love and appreciate it because it’s YOUR journey. You earned the right to see that view. No one else will appreciate it like you do.

If you need a friend to walk the path, I’m here! I’ll be your coach, friend, cheerleader and accountability buddy. I can help you as we laugh and cry together. We can climb whatever mountain it is that you are required to climb together.

Let me know what I can do for you! Let your adventure mold you into the human you are meant to be.

I love you, my friends!