Since entering this program, I’ve referred to my participation as a journey. As I was visiting with one of the dietitians in the clinic the other day, it dawned on me just how far I’ve come… and how far I have to go to no longer be obese. She reinforced patience. I thought about the Griswolds.
If you haven’t seen National Lampoon’s Vacation, it’s the story of an ill-fated cross-country family road trip to Walley World, “America’s Favorite Family Fun Park.” Along the way, the Griswolds suffer a mugging, being scammed, the death of a loved one, and many other trials. The family grows and bonds from the experiences, as unpleasant as they are.
I see my journey as somewhat analogous to the Griswolds’. My destination is to be healthy. My journey is filled with the potholes of lapses, temptation, distractions, and plateaus. Some of the potholes I’ve managed to avoid — so far. Some I’ve fallen into up to the axle. For me, it’s so much more about the journey than it is the destination.
…and for the record? The Griswolds took a plane home. I don’t plan on ever leaving “Walley World” once I get there. This is not a journey that I wish to repeat.