Some people have asked me how I started my weight loss. My first few months in the blog archive explain it all.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Tree on the Prairie

Calamity Jane is quite an amazing creature to behold. Let me tell you a little of what I witnessed during her remarkable journey.

But first, I must tell of my brother who loves trees. We did not live in a place that trees grew naturally and each tree had to be cared for and nurtured. He, in particular, loved to see what he could get to grow in that dusty little prairie village.

I, on the other hand had to mow the lawn - and those trees kept getting in the way. Sitting on the old Allis-Chalmers lawn tractor, I was apt to day dream and was know to mow right over some of his little seedlings that I mistook for, well for nothing since I was likely not paying attention.

He had planted a tree, not common for our parts, and I mowed over it that same year. Then I ran over it and I really thought it was dead. But it came back. It really didn't have any reason to hold on.

I really thought it was sort of silly to watch this little stick struggle for life. It didn't seem to even make any progress.

This last summer, we put a swing in it.

So it was with mighty Calamity Jane. She weighed in each morning. Soon she shared with me her progress and kept her calender out in plain sight. One morning, she lamented on the weary progress she was making. She could pass a week with nothing discernible to show.

Then, being the engineer I am, I graphed the weights she had recorded. To her astonishment, the graph revealed a general downward trend with occasional plateaus and even increases in weight. However, when I drew a line that generalized the trend we could predict when she would hit her target weight.

And she did it just as the prediction showed.

This is a demonstration of the principle of longsuffering and enduring to the end. I don't see the Gospel as a fast and easy pursuit. The Law of the Harvest prevails. We learn precept on precept. We are meant to grow; following the Savior's example - not instantly become our dream.

Here, I was taught by the example. CJ's righteous desire to take care of that gift, her body, reached her goal pound by pound. She applied the principles that she learned to be true. This was not instantaneous success; rather, she planted, tended then harvested her reward.

My brother could have given up on his little stick in the ground, but he nurtured and let it grow. It grew almost imperceptibly. I certainly did not witness any rapid movement. Yet there it stands, with boughs outstretched.

One thing for sure, she has moved me to begin a journey of greater health. Putting patience true principles into action can bring wonderful results.

(Thanks for letting me post!)


Yvonne said...

I love that so much. I guess it's all about persevering. I love how you wrote "she planted, tended then harvested her reward". Thank you General Wolfe, I'm glad you posted.

Rebecca said...

Thank you so much. I needed this post desperately, today. I didn't lose anything last week even though I exercised more and was very careful with what I ate. Started getting discouraged. As they say in Veggie Tales' "Sumo of the Opera", "Persevere. That means to keep on keeping on!"

Maybe I'm building muscle....

Calamity Jane said...

I love that guy. I asked him to post for me because I wanted his perspective. He watched it all and really cheered me on. I know I couldn't have made it without him. Get your hubby involved at some level, the general was just a sounding board, watched me cry, kicked me out of bed while he kept it warm for me ;). Of course he made that amazing graf and I tacked it on my wall. It changed my whole perspective.
Get someone in your corner, and if you can't find anyone, I'm here!
(Hang in there rebecca, you are right, I am sure you are building muscle, hang in there and the scale will show that you are on the right track. Do Not Give Up!

Calamity Jane said...

(p.s.) that is a real picture of the tree, our youngest son is swinging in it wearing his superman jammies!

Davis family said...

What a wonderful post. I stayed in my nice warm bed this morning instead of getting up and facing the tiny bit of cold outside. So thanks for the uplifting and motivating post.

Thoroughly Mormon Millie said...

Awwww, I love it!

I have my own spiritual experience involving a tree. "Be the tree!" What a great analogy! :)

Kimberly said...

That was so lovely, and so inspiring.

Down to a new all time low today!

Rebecca said...

Thanks, Calamity Jane. I'm lucky to have a supportive husband too. When he's recovered from the flu I'm going to have him start kicking me out of bed. Although, I wouldn't mind having you in my corner. Hmm...that graph sounds like a good idea. I won't give up, but some days I sure feel like it!

Kimberly, congratulations! I'm assuming you're talking about weight since you seem happy! :D

Carrot Jello said...

Comes in handy being married to an engineer.