Are You Ready for the Battle?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Have you ever seen any of the X-Men movies? During an action-packed scene in the latest movie, the Captain of a naval vessel shouted out a line that really spoke to me. As things heightened to a climax in the standoff he turned and yelled to someone else in the room, ''Gun Boss, prepare to fire!'' Why on earth would that ''speak'' to me, you wonder?

For almost four years, I have been personally engaged in a battle to fight my way healthy from a state of morbid obesity. I embrace the idea of having lots of weapons at my disposal to aid me in the battle. (I mean no offense to anyone by using a military example of a battle. It’s just something that is very clear to me in my mind.) What if that Gun Boss had been unprepared to engage in the battle?  What if he had forgotten to load the missiles onto the ship when it was in harbor?  What if he had failed to prepare his staff to know how to maintain them, and load them when the time came?  That crew wouldn’t have stood a chance to defend themselves. There wasn’t time in that moment to go back and do any of those things.  Either he was ready or he was going to lose. 

The position of Gun Boss was critical in that scenario, and it reminds me that I am in a similar position in my own struggle to health.  If you’ve read any of my previous blogs, you’ll know that I consider preparedness to be critical to success. Using all that is available to us to be prepared in that moment when you need to be your own Gun Boss. What can you do to be prepared on a day to day basis to fight the battle against the bulge?

As I look back over the time that I’ve been working on my goals, I find that there are several tools, or ''weapons'' that have always been critical to my success. Being honest and open about what I am working on has been one of the biggest success factors for me.  It would have been easy to decide to try and work it out on my own without letting anyone know what I was doing.  I’ve done that before and I didn’t find it successful. I mean really, it’s not like it wasn’t obvious that I was seriously overweight and needed to exercise and eat better.  Who did I think I was hiding it from?  So the first weapon that I chose was to be honest with myself and with other people about where I was and what I needed to do. This allowed me to find others who would either participate with me, or support me in my endeavor.

The second tool to success is to have some people that you can be committed to that will travel this road with you. The Gun Boss didn’t do all the work alone. He had a team to help with all the weapons and the process. I would like to think that I’d be strong enough to do it on my own, but sadly, that is not the case.  Isn’t there a song that says no man is an island, no man stands alone?  That was evident to me as recently as the day before I typed this article.  I ran another 5k with my daughter and my best friend. I started a new weight routine the week before the race. It was the first time in the nine months post shoulder surgery that I actually worked out with very light weights for my chest and some other upper body muscles.  I was sore and the night before the race was sleeping on a large ice pack.  I didn’t sleep well and when it came time to get up in the morning I was anything but anxious to get ready in the dark, chilly temperatures to go outside and run. Left to my own devices, I would have gone back to bed as sure as the sun will rise tomorrow.  There have been many races where I wouldn’t have been there if my best friend wasn’t signed up to run with me, and the same is true for her.  A few days before the race, my friend actually had a shot in her knee, so I’m sure she wasn’t all that eager, either.  But two ropes bound together are stronger than when on their own, and we ran it for each other. 

It turned out to be a beautiful day with lots of laughs and fun.  As I was running down the hill to the finish line I thought to myself, ''Thank God I had two people to do this with me and get me out of bed!''  Without them, I would have lost the opportunity for that great experience.  I also have a very close knit group of Sparkers that I am committed to and many times their posts, texts, and words of encouragement have gotten me back on track.  Don’t use the excuse of not having anyone in your area because these virtual friends of mine have been just as helpful many times--and some of them are on other continents and we’ve never met face to face.  Are you on an active SparkTeam?  Are you committed to anyone to report in to and keep them updated on your goals and efforts?

To me, honesty, commitment, and shared experiences have been crucial on my journey.  Commit to a team, join a Spark Live meeting, or get a friend involved in your quest with you—no matter how you do it, reach out and connect with someone. Find strength from others in the heat of the fight so that your weapons will be ready and you can win. Be honest with those around you so that you can ask for help when you need to.

Are you a prepared Gun Boss in your own battle, or do you need to reflect honestly that there is some work to do?  Do you have support around you in your life, or on SparkPeople?  What steps can you take today to be prepared this week to fight the battle against the bulge? 

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CECELW 2/7/2020
wow! I'm sure it was a long journey, but look what you have accomplished Report
KITTYHAWK1949 4/4/2019
Thanks for article. Report
Great blog! Report
Nice article. Actually, what I was thinking as I read your title and opening sentences was the battle, as a HEALTH battle we might be facing in our future. When we prepare our bodies NOW, with healthy and wise choices regarding food and exercise, it might make that Battle With Cancer, easier on us. It might make us handle the treatments better. It might make us heal faster in the event of a future injury. It might provide us the strength we need to care for our aging/dying parents. It might give us the energy we need to bring a new baby into this world. Is YOUR body prepared for THOSE kind of battles? Hmmm. Good to consider seriously. Thank you.
Great motivating blog. Thank you. Report
Awesome example! Thank you for sharing! I've also been in the battle for a very long time and sometimes weary in the battle. But planning & being prepared help a lot, especially with good support. Report
Awesome example! Thank you for sharing! I've also been in the battle for a very long time and sometimes weary in the battle. But planning & being prepared help a lot, especially with good support. Report
This is an inspiring article. Right now I feel like I am losing the battle of the bulge as I keep doing more and more and not losing anything. Report
Thanks! Report
Great blog. Thank you! Report
Wow! We all need each other. Report just finished up the 3rd annual "Living and Active". I love that week 1's Soul Food is just what you mentioned. Ecclesiastes 4:12 "Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken". We need each other for encouragement! Report
The keys to success! Woooooo hoooooooo! Report
Why do you feel it necessary to apologize for the military? How about thanking them for all the freedom and luxuries you enjoy; without the military's willingness to sacrifice their lives, you wouldn't have so many choices or the freedom to express yourself. God bless our noble, courageous, self-sacrificing troops. Report
This is what I really need to hear to get me beck on track. Thank you! Report
Great points!

By the way, "no man is an island" was a line in a meditation/poem by John Donne, written in 1624!! That's also where the phrase "for whom the bell tolls" comes from. Report
Great blog. And YES I have a great workout buddy. We motivate each other to go the extra distance.
I tried it alone at one time, but I need the encouragement and motivation of others. I am so glad I found Spark. Here I am on a wonderful team, a lot about my age, all have lots to lose. They have been the best motivator and friends . I would love to meet them someday and thank them personally for helping me get this far.
I have a wonderful family who has been my cheering squad.. Plus my closest GF who we share a deep bond.
I don't believe one can go it alone, and if they did it would be darn lonely.
Keep Sparking".
Tisha Report
Awesome! Report
I am still looking for that accountability partner. It used to be my daughter but she has her own apartment and live-in partner and we just don't see each as much as we used to. She kept me going with 5Ks but most don't fit her schedule anymore.

I have tried a co-worker a couple of times, but she usually winds up sabotaging me (and herself) instead of helping. I have a couple of Spark friends that help online but I really need that 'live' assistance too. Guess I'll keep looking... Report
Great analogies. When I think of my road to being healthier, I honestly don't think about being prepared other than when it comes to meals so this gave me something else to think about and another tool to use. A very motivating and uplifting blog, thank you! Report
Nice post, Michelene!
Using an "accountability partner" always works better. Thanks for reminding us all. Report
great blog Report
Great blog, thanks for sharring! Report
Awesome analogy! Report
This blog was fantastic! I find it very inspirational and I feel better when I do get up to do something and others know about it! You are certainly right about that!

Thank you so much for writing this! Report
Holds true for all areas of life. Good Quote. Keep up the good work Report
You are so right on! Now it's time for me to prepare my arsenal! So neat to hear how God has blessed your commitment and journey. Report
Great Blog! Report
Great Blog! Report
I think rehearsing is a good tool to have. Just a bit of internal self dialog about what to say or do when a specific situation arises. When someone at the work party offers me a piece of cake I'll say "____". Report
Wow! Did I need this "slap in the face!" Thank you. I need to find someone to be accountable to and walk this journey with. Report
The shared teamwork on Spark has made all the difference in the world to me. Being a part of active teams who are constantly checking in with each other gives me the accountability and support I need. I feel so close to some of my SparkBuddies, I think if I met them in person, it'd feel like we just saw each other yesterday. Know what I mean?
Another great blog! Report
Are you a prepared Gun Boss in your own battle, or do you need to reflect honestly that there is some work to do?

- YEP, prepared for many decades now. There is ALWAYS work to be done.

Do you have support around you in your life, or on SparkPeople?

- NOPE, no one is interested in TRULY sharing. And I'm tired of looking. Cant wait any more as I've got work to do.

What steps can you take today to be prepared this week to fight the battle against the bulge?

- Steps already taken, implimented and habitual. Report
Prepared for the battle. I like that idea, it is much more compelling than plan your food for the week. Because it is a battle, and it's important, and you want to win. Thanks. Report
let's giver Report
Way to go....and it's going to help me thanks!!! Report
I think your analogy is inspiring I seems like you had a light bulb moment that helped you to see your weight loss strategy differently and realise all the excellent resources and support you have at your disposal. Thanks for sharing. All the best. Report
Thanks for sharing your story! Keep up the good work...... Report
Totally just decided I need a workout buddy - and I have the perfect person in mind! Thanks for the inspiration! Report
Great advice! Thanks for sharing. Report
Very inspirational! Number 1...let people know what you're up to..great advice as I, too have tried to hide a very obvious need. Thanks for sharing your story. Report
Great Blog!Just today realized that having a buddy to go through this battle is better than doing it alone which I pretty much have been doing for the last 2 1/2 years. Was discouarged by my weight gain that I lost focus on how far I had come. She reminded me of that :) I am now refocused.
I have been comming out of my comfort zone and finding it a wonderful expeience so far. Report
"I find preparedness to be critical to success." Booyah! Wow, I hear ya! Report
I think the one area where I differ--whether I'm kidding myself or not--is that I don't have a lot of people around me that I've told that I'm actively trying to lose weight. My son knows (to his chagrin--it means less junk food in the house and more nagging for him to get a little exercise, too); my boss knows (because I go to a Weight Watchers at Work meeting and I needed her permission to go). I told one friend about SP--about how it helps me to keep track of what I'm eating and how it could help her and her daughter--but I haven't gone into any detail about my own journey. I don't have an actual workout buddy, but I know several people who go to the fitness center here on campus. We see each other and wave, but we don't get involved in each other's workouts.

I think the closest I'll get to really letting anybody in on my weight loss plans will be next month when I join my fitness center's "Greatest Loser" competition. I will be a part of a team and we will have several exercise sessions as a group. Just like on the TV program, we will have to depend on each other to stay consistent and committed. Who knows? Maybe I'll come out of that with a workout buddy and accountability partner! Report
I'm glad to have a workout buddy too. We keep each other motivated. Report
Thanks for the unique but inspiring blog! You really know how to rev a person up!

Becca Report
very inspiring! Report