“It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day to day basis.” (Margaret Bonnano)

Hey, I am here writing for two consecutive days! Woo hoo!

I had planned to write that as my opening sentence since yesterday morning. A little bit of humor, and over-congratulatory steam for the new venture. When I got up this morning and read this quote, I actually had to chuckle – at least after I thought about what this quote means.

In fairy tales, the prince and princess seem always to live happily ever after. Whatever trials they faced in the story is resolved, and their life becomes one of bliss from that day forward. Fun and soothing idea for children. Those of us who are married know that “happily ever after” only ever works if it is accompanied by constant, diligent effort.

Somewhere along the line I was told that one should never “congratulate” a newly married couple. “Congratulations” should be reserved for recognition of accomplishment. On their wedding day, the couple really hasn’t accomplished anything yet. The better thing to say is “best wishes”. As a person who has been married nearly a third of a century, I most definitely can attest. Getting married is easy, staying married is hard work for both people.

What this quote is saying (in the context of this book) is that when it comes to weight loss, and being more healthy, one can only have a happily ever after, one day at a time. With that in mind, here I am on day 2. I promise not to count every day that I am here, I would find that quite tedious. What I do plan to do for myself is to focus each morning on making this day as successful as I can. Experience tells me that I am going to have good and bad days, and good and bad weeks. I will have weeks where I am a rock star and melt pounds off my body, and weeks where I stumble. I will also have weeks where I work my figurative ass off, only to see the scale stall, or even go up.

Bobby-C’s thought for the day Make today the best it can be. Make every choice, about every urge, and every meal count.

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