Dear Self: Take your own advice

January 5, 2016

in Fitness, Just life, Nutrition

Why is it so easy to give advice, but so easy to not take our own good, smart advice?

I went to bed last night feeling depressed, frustrated, and defeated…and woke up feeling the same way. Yesterday was Day 1 of The Master’s Hammer & Chisel, and last night my friend took my ‘before’ pictures and measurements for me. That was enough to bring me down. Way down.

I know what the scale says. I know how my clothes that I wear the most fit me. I’ve known that both the scale and the clothes have been telling me something I didn’t want to hear. But I guess I just didn’t realize how much I should have been listening.

Why, after knowing how important it is to take regular measurements and pictures – – and advising others to do the same thing – – have I not taken my own advice?!

Mirrors don’t tell the whole story.

Even your clothes don’t always tell the truth.

And we ALL know the scale is a dirty, filthy liar.

But pictures? Pictures don’t lie. Especially when they’re taken regularly with the same outfit and same poses.

I didn’t take my own advice. I saw those pictures last night and my heart dropped. The rear view was the worst, because how often do you see yourself from behind?

This morning I was in the “wallow in self pity” phase. I dragged myself out of bed, changed into workout clothes, slinked downstairs to my basement, and pushed play. On top of it all, the workout was hard. I knew it would be, but the fact that I was covered in self-loathing made it harder.

Thankfully, like Chandler achieving Phase 3 (where are my fellow FRIENDS fans?), I moved from my loathing and self pity phase into the “get angry and push harder” phase.

Why am I sharing this with you? Because I don’t want to only show my highlight reel. I don’t want people to think I don’t struggle. I want people to know that *I* know I have a lot of work to do. And most importantly, I want those of you who are struggling to know that you aren’t alone.


Without struggle there is no progress.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – – as much as I hate that I have had to start over again and again and again, I am grateful for the chance God gives me to try again to get it right.

Nobody can do this for me but me. Nobody can reach YOUR goal but YOU. We are all responsible for ourselves. I CAN take control of this. I CAN defeat temptation. I CAN use food to fuel my body and not as an emotion squasher or time filler. You can, too. We can do it together.

My final words will be those spoken frequently by one of my favorite elementary teachers, who passed away a few days ago: “If it is to be, it is up to me.”

Jane January 6, 2016 at 7:48 am

Oh, Tracy, this inspires me so. I was a grumbler yesterday because my old back and herniated disks don’t permit such great workouts right now, but I took a long walk with my pooches this a.m. Thank you for reminding me I CAN do something for my health! By the way, you are an awesome writer, but I knew that when you were in my journalism classes! Have an amazing day!

TrimWithTracy January 6, 2016 at 7:11 pm

It’s so easy for us to miss the blessings sometimes. We can do more than so many people are able to do. xoxo

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