I am Choosing the Road Less Traveled

Metaphorically speaking, someone who takes the road less traveled is acting independently, freeing themselves from the conformity of others (who choose to take the road more often traveled), generally making their own choices, and perhaps leaving a new trail that will become the road more often traveled (Wikipedia).

For me, choosing the road less traveled means taking a path that no longer conforms to those I have been taking throughout this journey I call life. Like George Castanza’s “opposite day” – I have reached that point where I feel that MOST of my personal and professional lifestyle choices have NOT been the greatest – so it is time to take the road less traveled. Better known as doing exactly the opposite of what I normally would.

NO MORE trying to play it safe – out of fear. Fear of being a failure that is.

Ironically, I will have ALREADY failed for not having tried in the first place.

September 1, 2018 starts my 30 Journey to Healthy Living and Beyond

By September 1, 2018 – I will have received my healthy living products, printed my own guide to healthy living, and prepared my daily meals. I will have observed several useful videos and printed recipes for GOOD food. I will have warned my children that ANYTHING marked 30 days is OFF LIMITS. In summary, I will have physically and mentally prepared myself to make an HONEST 30 days of effort and commitment to alter my life.

September 1, 2018 Also Marks My Documenting of My Transformation to Healthy Living

From birth through the age of 32, I was blessed with an athletic body that many would kill for – or at least kill themselves trying to achieve. At five feet ten inches in height, with broad shoulders that could take out the side of a barn, accented by a waistline that seems freakishly small (I say this in retrospect – because at the time I would have told you I was fat).

I was an athlete and I did play college basketball and ran in a women’s basketball league through the age of 30. So, it was not just that I was born with undeniably awesome genes. I could not just eat what I wanted and do nothing – yet be fit. I ate. But I also worked out. A lot.

With pride, there are many curses. With humility, there come many blessings.
-Ezra Taft Benson

Two kids, a failed marriage, a business venture that I was forced to abruptly end when our economy tanked in 2008, the sale of a home, and subsequent relocation to New England later – the stress started to pile up. So did the weight. Compile another horrific relationship on top of that – and a few more pounds to go with that – and here I am today. Literally 60 pounds overweight!

I have officially lost my pride. I am feeling pretty much nothing but humility and shame for allowing myself to fall apart – so I am hopeful that blessings are now in store for me. Blessings that I know will not come easy, but with some honest hard work and determination.

I have been taking the easy road of self-pity, making excuses, and not being accountable, now it is time to try another.

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
-Robert Frost