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13 Weeks: On Despair

So I went and looked back at my previous columns. Around week five in the first season was when I started to feel it was a slog -- I'd started the program, I'd gotten some exciting gains, and then things evened out. I had the big drop in my A1c still to come, I still had weight to lose, and of course my measurements weren't changing -- that didn't really happen until this second 13 week season.

Now, I think back to previous diets and exercise programs, and I realize there have been moments like this in all of them: moments when life was hard and so was the diet (I'd sure love a quart of ice cream right now) and when I just basically lost hope that I was making any progress. I despaired.

I certainly feel like that this week, but I didn't buy ice cream anyway; I didn't even buy a bag of M&Ms. Why? I guess there are a couple of reasons.

First of all, I made this a 13 week thing for a reason: I can see the end of my 13 weeks in the foreseeable future. I can stand it, and frankly the diet is still pretty tolerable -- I've had fajitas (no tortillas) twice this week.

Second, I can look back and see how far I've actually come -- I'm clearly skinnier, I feel better, and lots of measures, from waistline to cholesterol, say I'm healthier and better off than I've been in years.

Third, of course, is your people -- everyone who has said I was inspiring you, or that you were following me with interest, or said encouraging words through this whole thing -- including the preparatory weeks, now, it's getting close to half a year.

So, if you're trying this or something similar, I'll just say (and say to myself) not to give up hope, not to despair.

It can be done.

Date7 day Weight7 day Glucose7 day BodyfatSum Fitocracy PointsWeekly Fitocracy Points
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