Friday, July 23, 2010

Shake it off and Step it up!

So my WI was NOT good. I gained 1.2 pounds. Which is my 2nd highest gain over the 8 months of doing WW. The other one was 1.6. I was not surprised that I gained but was disappointed that it was so much. I have a TOTALLY different issue than 99.9% of my readers. I have a very slow metabolism and my body does not crave the fuel to make it through the day. I don't walk around or do much of anything while I am awake. So hence I am never hungry and I can go hours and hours with anything but water. And that is NOT good either. So even though we all have our struggles with weight and food mine is with the lack of food that keeps me fat.

Going to start tracking again and force myself (in spite of the pain in my foot) to ride my bike again. Oh and I will be returning to the lap pool to snorkel... I am going to set my timer to remind myself (force) to eat every 2-3 hours.

At last nights WW meetings I heard this cute story. I wanted to share it. So when life throws dirt on you, remember this:

A parable is told of a farmer who
owned an old mule. The mule fell into the farmer’s well. The farmer heard the mule braying or whatever mules do when they fall into wells.

After carefully assessing the situation, the farmer sympathized with the mule but decided that neither the mule nor the well was worth the trouble of saving. Instead, he called his neighbors together, told them what happened, and enlisted them to help haul dirt to bury the old mule in the well and put him out of his misery.

Initially, the old mule was hysterical! But as the farmer and his neighbors continued shoveling, and the dirt hit his back, a thought struck him. It suddenly dawned on him that every time a shovel load of dirt landed on his back, he should shake it off and step up!

This he did, blow after blow. “Shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up…shake it off and step up!” He kept on repeating this phrase to encourage himself. No matter how painful the blows or distressing the situation seemed, the old mule fought panic and just kept right on shaking it off and stepping up.

You’re right!! It wasn’t long before the old mule, battered and exhausted, stepped triumphantly over the wall of that well. What seemed like would bury him actually blessed him – all because of the manner in which he handed his adversity.

That’s life! If we face our problems and respond to them positively, refusing to give in to panic, bitterness, or self pity, the adversities that come along to bury us usually have within them the potential to benefit and bless us. Remember that forgiveness, faith, prayer, praise and hope all are excellent ways to “shake it off and step up” out of the wells in which we find ourselves!

Have a great weekend


  1. I love that story!!! You're awesome!

  2. That's one of my favorite stories! One of my high school teachers told it to us an eon ago and it's honestly the only thing I remember about that class!!!
    And I totally get not eating being a problem. There have been times in my life when I literally had to set my alarm clock to go off every few hours so I would remember to eat...
    Big hugs!

  3. I have always loved that story... Hope you have a wonderful weekend also.

  4. I too have always loved story and someday hope I can be an ass just like him! Hahaha, no comments on that one! :)

  5. That is such a cute story! Love it!

  6. One of my Fav stories.. thanks for the reminder, you told it so well!!

    Bummer about your WI, but at least it wasn't too bad! I totally agree with eating every 2-3 hours! It is so needed to keep our little calorie burning "fires" going. I love your positive attitude!!! :)


  7. What a great story - thanks for sharing it. I am always inspired by you because you do have your own unique challenges to the whole weight/exercise thing but you persevere despite them. And are always so upbeat:)

  8. I'm sorry to hear that you gained. I know it's very frustrating for you. You've done so amazingly well, this WI was just a little donkey dirt.

    I don't know where I've been, but I had not heard that story before! Really like it, and needed to hear it. Sometimes I feel overwhelmed by my "career" issues, but I have to remember to shake off the dirt and step on it.

    Thanks! You ALWAYS know just the right thing to say!!


  9. Loved the post so much. The mule story was awesome. Very inspiring.

    Don't sweat the slight gain. I am sure you will soon lose that and more.