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I have thought a lot about my Tough Love blog post from last week. Why? Because it has gotten me to think a lot about what it takes to climb the mountain of success. My mountain in particular is built up of four periods of time where I had noticeable weight loss along with periods of noticeable weight gain as well.  Fitness triumphs and set backs are included on that mountain as well. The nutrition on that mountain is built of low calorie diet food along with food that is as real as it gets. Ups AND downs are what builds the mountain. There are times where the path was clear, sun shining and then periods where the storms clouds rolled in and I truly lost my way.

Right now, the path is foggy…

At this point I feel discouraged and have difficulty seeing the top of the mountain. The top of my mountain is a sustainable healthy weight. It just feels so damn far away. I started to walk the path again back in February but each time a cloud appeared I hesitated and retreated to cover. The fear of past failures has almost been paralyzing.

In May, within days of graduation, I took to the trail running full speed. The determination was unreal. The storm had cleared enough where I could see the top. Thing began to click and I charged forward….

Fast forward to now and the fog has rolled in. Not a full blown storm but enough to cause self doubt. Much negativity is circling my head and once again past fears are trying to cripple progress. I feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, terrified that I will NEVER reach the top of the mountain.

But I only have two options
Use all my past failures to know I need to turn on the fog lights 
Use all my failures to retreat off the path…

With that, I leave you with this quote…

Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It’s quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn’t at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that’s where you will find success.”
– Thomas J. Watson 

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