Professional Opinions Matter


Yesterday, I made a trip up north to see my dermatologist. Being fair skinned, I’m prone to problems, so I’m good about getting annual check-ups.

Have you noticed that there is a shortage of skin doctors in your area?

There for sure is in NEPA.

I had to travel an hour to be seen yesterday, because the clinics closer to me aren’t scheduling appointments at this time. The drive was sooooo worth it! Not only did my doc not find any noteworthy problems with my derma, but she asked me about my weight loss journey. She told me she thought I looked like I had lost weight since I saw her last.

I had to admit I hadn’t.

I think what she was seeing was all the toning that has occurred because of the morning exercise I’ve religiously done the last few months, starting with FIVE minutes each day and building up to FIFTEEN to EIGHTEEN minutes every morning with 5-15 minutes on the recumbent bike at night.

Thank you, Three Goals Thursdays!

Honestly, I’ve been pretty bummed lately about my “progress”. It has slowed considerably–well, really, its stopped. I think I’m suffering from a combination of diet fatigue and an old metabolism with a hint of blood sugar issues thrown in for good measure. Ugh, a killer combination! Plus, I spend a lot of time in my head, discussing weight loss and exercise with myself and it’s seems like I’m falling behind the pack.  In my estimation, anyway.

My head is such a dangerous neighborhood most days. Why do I ever go there?!

I “feel” like I’m losing ground and don’t have the energy or the mental fortitude to do more than I’m currently doing.

Yesterday was a breath of fresh air; a chance to chat with a professional who affirmed me in my efforts and saluted my progress.

She didn’t say, “Why haven’t you done more, or why have you quit trying?”

She did say, “Give yourself a break, you’re not a super hero. You’re a real human, with a real life, and you’re doing great!”

Seriously, I could have cried…

Mind you, she is an itty-bitty thing and she was seeing me up close and in living color. Nothing was hidden from her.  In fact, these annual exams can be pretty invasive and humbling. It all hangs out at these appointments, if you know what I mean.

I don’t know how many of you reading this are struggling with a goal you have for yourself and feeling defeated in the process.

I don’t know how many of you might feel like you’re going backward, instead of forward.

If you do feel that way, let me encourage you.

You are you–beautiful, wonderful, witty, funny, and vibrant in your own rite.

You are human.

You are loved, and you will get there!

You are not a super hero. You are mortal. Be gentle with yourself.

Be kind to yourself too, and be okay with the progress you’ve made. Celebrate what you’ve already done, as well as what you’ve attempted. More successes are on the way, if you don’t give up.

Never give up!

I believe in You!

When has another’s confidence in you been a blessing that spurred you on to greater and greater degrees of confidence in yourself?  Who would God have you express true confidence in today?

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