The story is told of how upon reaching the new world in 1519, Hernan Cortes burned his fleet of ships. His concern was that his men be totally committed to the mission. He didn’t want them to be able to back out or return to the safety and comfort of home prior to reaping their booty. The result left the crew completely SOL (ship out of luck). They had to finish the job, they had no other way out. He had “shipped” them, if you will.
In hopes of someday having the gumption to lose the weight I had been steadily gaining over the past years, I refused to donate the trousers I had outgrown, vowing to one day wear them again. As this program has progressed I have dropped down two tiers of pant sizes. At my current pace of weight loss I have pants that I should be able to wear until very close to the end of BMSW season 3 if not to its conclusion. At that point I will need to make other clothing arrangements. The question going forward is, will I have the courage of conviction that Cortes had? Am I willing to “ship” my pants? Do I have what it takes to stay on the path that has been laid before me? I think I do… this time I mean it. : ) I don’t want the security of having bigger pants to wear if the ones I have become uncomfortable. The program is working. With the help of our leaders my pants have been changed, I have been changed, and for that I am truly grateful. I’m looking forward to a time after BMSW is completed; a time when I reach my goal, when I exercise full control, when I “ship” my pants and don’t need someone else to change me.
Fellow contestants, will you join me? Will you too emulate Cortes and “ship” your pants?