June 2017 Oasis Odyssey

by Leslie Ackles




OK, So I have been trying to lose 5 – 10 pounds for the past year. I do know that some of you are trying to lose more and would love to be in this position. I have been there too. I used to say that at Weight Watchers I lost 175 pounds – 35 pounds five times!


I have now kept most of the weight off for over 10 years and the good news is that even though I haven’t lost those 5 – 10 pounds this year, I haven’t gained any either.


So, do I want to write about a shift in perspective – a shift in attitude? Well, not this time.


Right now I am realizing that one of the main reasons I am not losing weight is that I want it to be easy!


I want an EASY BUTTON!!


I don’t want to suffer. I don’t mind being conscious of what I eat. I love walking to exercise but I don’t want it to be hard.


I don’t want:

  • To join Weight Watchers again. It worked for me five times but it will take a real effort emotionally to commit to the meetings. And, it will be HARD to figure out all the points for all the food I eat.



  • To fill in everything I eat on the my fitness pal website. It is such an effort and takes a lot of time.




  • To follow a prescribed diet. I am beyond that. I want to just eat what I want to eat.




  • To exercise on my elliptical anymore. It is boring and takes so much time. I also start sucking wind after 30 minutes.




So what I have come to realize is that some things that I want – I really have to work for. No matter how many times this year I have tried to lose those pounds I have failed. I kept trying to find the EASY BUTTON.


Now it is time for me to dig deep and realize that some things that I want in life are HARD. I really have to work for them.


If I really want to lose the weight I have to stop looking for the EASY BUTTON and do what it takes even if it is hard, even if it takes time, even if it is boring. I have to put in the effort to reach my goal. It is not going to be handed to me on a silver platter.


Working hard for what you want can work for any goal:

  • Starting your own business
  • Home renovations
  • Saving a marriage


It’s all about committing to the goal and doing what it takes, even if it is hard, even if it hurts.


“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.

There is no other route to success.”

-Pablo Picasso