My belly is coming back.
I went to war with it about 4 years ago and for the most part, I’ve been winning.
However, it’s making a comeback.
Here’s a picture of my daughter and I last Monday in Boston. That belly!
The struggles of dieting are a common problem. The struggles of humaning (just made that up) are also common.
We all have our challenges.
Ryan Holiday in his book, The Obstacle Is The Way, says that challenges are not to be avoided but embraced. Our trials become our greatest teachers and ultimately our greatest triumphs.
For me, the belly is only a symptom of my struggles since June of 2018. I broke my leg and got away from my normal exercise routine.
For four weeks I literally laid in bed in pain. Immobile. Once I could walk again it was cumbersome. Crutches first, then a scooter.
Broken routine meant no exercise. Inconsistent writing. Missed podcasts. Missed newsletter deadlines. Missed weekly emails.
Once we get out of our good routine, it’s important to take inventory of our circumstance and commit to finding our way back.
My goal is to lead a challenge based life. To embrace the challenge and not hide. To face my obstacles head first.
My belly is the obstacle. My belly is the way. If I can solve the belly issue it will impact every other aspect of my life.
Back to a good routine means early morning exercise. Which leads to early morning prayer and meditation. Which leads to early morning reading and writing. Which leads to a sharp mind and body to take great care of my clients.
Ultimately we have to choose the type of person we wish to become, one who quits, or one who embraces the obstacle.
Look out belly, I’m coming for ya.