Sunday, July 3, 2011

Life is Like a GPS

I bought a GPS for my trip to Pennsylvania last May. It got me there and back with a bunch of “recalculating” from Jill, the lady behind the screen. I had my paper map lying beside me and I kept looking at that to guide me. But in the end, I needed her to get me to a specific house (you know the one Barbara lives in) as I didn’t have a map of her town.

Seriously, I didn’t want to go where she kept telling me to go many times, but that is more or less how my life has always been. 

You see, I’m a resister and I try so very, very hard to do things my way. Sometimes my way has been good and sometimes not so good. Like the intersection in Bartonsville, Pennsylvania where I looped around 3 times to get from one highway to another because I thought I knew better than the lady in the GPS. That time she was right. 

On the way back, I did the same. I detoured off the main highway just to break up the monotony. When I changed the GPS to avoid toll roads, my trip somehow went from a 7 hour drive to 12 hours. Since the bridge between Canada and the US is a toll, the GPS calculated a trip which took me up into Quebec and then home. I think not. Sometimes we have to intervene to figure out where we are going. 

I used the GPS last week to get to a training course in downtown Ottawa. Of course, I didn’t like her directions and since I knew the general area that I was going, I finally switched her off. I will admit Jill is very patient, never raising her voice, just recalculating all the time. 

So my new GPS has not been used much. I think sometimes I just like getting lost and finding my own way home. But other times, it comes in handy to get us to a final destination without a lot of hassle.

My band is like that. I have been at the same weight for almost a year now, hovering between 168-172 and keep wondering if this is it. But I have this tiny little voice inside of me which keeps saying “You can still do this. You can still lose weight”. And guess what, the voice sounds just like the GPS lady but I still hesitate to believe it can be true. I’m in that Bartonsville, PA loop trying to find the turnoff for the right highway.

As the countdown begins to Chicago I do have a goal in sight. I have a second goal at the end of October when my hubby and I leave for Europe. We start in Prague, take a riverboat cruise down the Danube and end in Budapest. I have all my travel books. Spent lots of time researching on the internet to "learn" about the places we will visit. Lots of walking involved which means getting much more serious about my exercise for the next few months and also the commitment to get back on the band wagon and lose another 10 pounds.

I want to let go, and let the voice keep me going in the right direction. A lot of thinking has been floating around in my head these last few months. Give up and just accept that my weight will always be around 170 pounds. Or keep the faith and never give up.

Forrest Gump got through life with a box of chocolates. I guess times have changed and now we need the direction, like a GPS to help us get to our destination.

I think I'll try to listen to that voice again and believe it will take me to the right place. It's a new month, new goals. I've recalculated.


Maria said...

I have faith in you Sandy! You can do it!

♫ Drazil ♪ said...

Glad you posted...I worry and miss you when you don't. I love you.

Ronnie said...

I feel like this, too, sometimes. I like the analogy. I second Maria - you can do it. :)

Lonicera said...

What a lovely comparison. I don't own a GPS but I just bet I'd be the same as you! And of course the same with th band....

Alison said...

You can do it! Your trip sounds amazing, I'm sure that you'll have a wonderful time!

Darlin1 said...

You can do it!

I think your body is just waiting for the time to be right................which is why you have left that door open........right?

Dawnya said...

You can do anything you set your mind to Sandy.

You are so strong and determined. This is just a little bump. And it looks like you have decided to keep it going.

Barbara said...

great analogy.. Life is a bit of recalculating isnt it.. it can change directions on us all of time. But your point is so on message.. you know where you want to get to.. and you know that you can reach that final desination even if you need to recalculate 100 times. hugs sweetie

kagead said...

The great thing about recalculating is that you start with a clean slate. It doesn't matter how far off course you are, the starting point is NOW.

You can do this!

dede said...

What a great post, Sandy. Thanks so much! I originally bought our GPS for my husband so I wouldn't have to tell him every single turn to I just let her do it (he gave her a sweet Austrailian accent by the way)...but I turn her off everytime I drive too! Thanks for the comparison!

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