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When you come out of the storm you won't be the same person that walked in. That's what the storm is all about.
The perfect word to define this phase of my life is perseverance. The dictionary definition is steadfastness in doing something despite difficulty or delay in achieving success. That is my journey right now. It is difficult. It is frustrating. I am heading into week 3 and quite honestly this is where I typically start to give up. I am seeing no difference on the scale. My inches have not changed. I am still pouring myself into my clothes. Quite honestly it is so frustrating and discouraging some days all I can do is cry. 

But I can't just give up...not this time. Because you see I'm TIRED of this continual battle. I'm tired of working so hard just to give up and be right back to where I started. I'm tired of looking in the mirror and wanting to turn away from what I see. I will keep working. I will keep tweaking my nutrition. I will keep sweating. I won't stop trying even on the days where it seems impossible. I will remind myself that even if I feel like nothing is happening, I am getting stronger both physically AND mentally.

I will remind myself that my boys are watching. They are seeing me struggle and get frustrated but also see that mommy isn't giving up. Life's trials aren't always going to be easy. Sometimes they just SUCK. What is most important is what you learn through them and how you move forward. 

So today I am dusting myself off, regrouping, praying for strength and preparing for the coming week. I will not be defeated...even by my worst enemy...which of course, is usually myself. 

An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means it is going to launch you forward into something great. So keep focus and keep aiming.

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