People Will Often Try To Rain On Your Parade

A fellow WW member shared this poem he heard about on NPR.  It is from Caroline Kenney’s new book, “Poems You Should Know By Heart.”


It Couldn’t Be Done by Edgar Albert Guest

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,
But, he with a chuckle replied
That "maybe it couldn’t," but he would be one
Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.
So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin
On his face. If he worried he hid it.
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

Somebody scoffed: "Oh, you’ll never do that;
At least no one has done it";
But he took off his coat and he took off his hat,
And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.
With a lift of his chin and a bit of a grin,
Without any doubting or quiddit,
He started to sing as he tackled the thing
That couldn’t be done, and he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done,
There are thousands to prophesy failure;
There are thousands to point out to you one by one,
The dangers that wait to assail you.
But just buckle it in with a bit of a grin,
Just take off your coat and go to it;
Just start to sing as you tackle the thing
That "couldn’t be done," and you’ll do it.


How many of you have encountered a naysayer in your weight loss or maintenance journey?  If you haven’t then you are lucky.  I was very open and honest with my weight loss journey and talked about WW and points non-stop.  One of my coworkers was very vocal about WW not working for her and gaining the weight back.  Her negativity didn’t stop me.  Even now when I encounter somebody that say WW didn’t work for them, I just smile and say “it isn’t for everybody.”

WW was for me.  I had made up my mind I was going to lose the weight and I didn’t let anything stop me.  On maintenance, I have made up my mind I am keeping this weight off and I still intend not to let anything stop me.  The Negative Nelly and Debbie Downers will always be there trying to place doubt.  The only person worth listening to is your inner voice and the strength you pull to make each day the best day possible.  If you have a slip up, tighten that buckle and get right back to it.


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