These last two weeks have been a roller coaster ride. Last week, my first baby was born, which was nothing less of a miracle. And on top of this new addition to our family, I’ve recently started a new job which has taken a lot of time away from updating this site. With all these new changes and developments happening in my life, my schedule with the Body for Life program has been in serious need of a revamp.

Needless to say, I’ve been fairly successful at keeping to the workout part of the program (only missing two days these last 2 weeks despite a 31-hour labor and being confined to the hospital for a few days), the eating part of the BFL program however has been anything but stellar. Forced to eat hospital food for 3 days combined with my lack of planning has brought some setbacks to my progress. I haven’t made as many improvements as I would have liked, but all in all, I’ve still made improvements – and any progress is still progress.

Coming up on the half-way point of the program, I feel that so far it has been a success. With the recent slip-ups, I’ve begun to see it as a metaphor for life; Sometimes we meet with unexpected changes, distractions and bumps in the road that cause us to slip along our way, however if we continually press on despite these difficulties, we are certain to succeed. For it is in the successful finishing of the race, not the small failures along the way, where people are most remembered. It’s not the Zond 6′s of the world that will be remembered for almost making it to the moon, it’s the Apollo 8′s that will forever be etched in our memories.

Here’s a fitting poem that I’ve remembered since my youth:

Stick to your task till it sticks to you;
Beginners are many, but enders are few.
Honor, power, place, and praise
Will come, in time, to the one who stays.

Stick to your task till it stick to you;
Bend at it, sweat at it, smile at it too;
For out of the bend and the sweat and the smile
Will come life’s victories, after awhile. – Anonymous

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