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      Scaling Back: Misty Marshall blog #1

      I have been thinking about what to write for my very first blog and have decided to jump in with two feet and get right to the point. First, I want to thank Arielle Berlin, and Channel 7&4 for giving me this opportunity of a lifetime. I take seriously my obligation to all of Northern Michigan throughout this journey and promise to give 110% of my effort to success. I hope that you join me on this journey because it is going to be the hardest thing I've ever been entrusted with doing. I want to share it with a multitude of people in hopes that they too will be inspired through my story.

      The other day I was reminded of something written on the wall of my high school math teacher's classroom. The statement read "If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got". While the grammar may not be perfect in this statement, it has stayed with me for the last seventeen years, and perhaps recently taught me a few lessons in life about how easy it has been to get into a pattern of settling for less than the best.

      It seems that up until this point my journey to healthy living is not an exception to this mediocrity. I have a fantastic husband and four fabulous children, a roof over my head, hot water to take a shower every morning, and a car to get from destination to destination. I have a wonderful mother that loves me unconditionally, and a father looking down on me from heaven. Life is goodâ?|exceptâ?|

      I must say for many years I have lived a life of contentment with the obesity problem that I have. I've grown adapt to things like wearing extensions for seat belts when I drive and whittling my way into a theatre seat to treat my family to a movie at the cinema. It may seem like things "normal sized" people take for granted but I for one am kind of tired of having to plan my day around obesity.

      Recently, working out with Ryan at the Grand Traverse Athletic Club I have been pushing myself daily by reminding myself of those words on the wall of my math teacher's room. It seems that I am at a crossroad with myself and have to make a choice, getting what I always got, or doing something different. It feels good to be removing myself from the familiar patterns in life and exploring a new road. I am excited to see where this will take me.

      I think the hardest thing I have done; with the exception of burying my father has been writing a letter to 7&4 about my interest in taking a journey to healthy living. I think it is the first time I have been honest with my feelings about living with obesity. I know for sure it is the first time I have been honest about talking about my addiction to food.

      I love food. I love pizza, I love bread sticks, I love chips. My ultimate favorite comfort food is popcorn! I am a diet pop junkie and I don't like missing meals. I love eating fast food and I could settle at that, but going back to the words on that wall I am reminded, this lifestyle has caused me to have to plan my day around obesity, something I am tired of doing.

      Contentment can be the enemy in many situations but when you are faced with a crossroad and forced to self-evaluate it is imperative that you make a choice, always doing the same thing, or trying something new!

      I've pledged and committed to living a better lifestyle, not just for myself, but for my kids. I don't want them to have to remember me around the holidays because I am no longer around to celebrate with them and their children. I don't want them to face the same challenges with food addiction that I have, nor do I want them to feel cheated out of the normality of childhood because their mother had to plan her day around obesity. For this reason, I am choosing a new path!

      In closing, I urge you to evaluate your own life and see if there are areas that you have become content. Perhaps it is a daily routine of grumbling and complaining as soon as you hit the floor in the morning. Maybe it is being content in a job that you hate because you think it is the best you can do. I wonder if even, perhaps like me, it has been accepting obesity as a way of life. Just some words of encouragement, although change is never easy, doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results is probably the most foolish of follies.

      Remember, "If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got". I hope today is your day to choose a new path. Come along with me on this journey! You owe it to yourself to not settle with complacency.