Posted by: ritagone | October 23, 2013

Against All Odds


I like a challenge as much as the next person.  A good game, a detective mystery novel.  I’m a sucker for “Jeopardy” on TV.  I think challenges keep your mind sharp, your skills honed.  As you get older, you are told that it is a good practice to sharpen your mind by taking on some adventures that you might not do otherwise, because you will expand your horizons rather than allowing them to shrink.

I find all of this to be true.

But exhausting.

I find myself excited and enthusiastic about new enterprises at my age, but I also find myself tired at the end of a day of getting involved in these new enterprises.  But that’s okay.  I’m pushing on anyway.  Because truly I’ve discovered that if you just let the world pass you by, it surely will.  You will watch and wave and do nothing.  And “nothing” will become your standard more and more.

So sometimes the greatest odds are just about getting up and getting busy.  Lying in bed when it’s pitch black outside seems so much more, hmmm, delectable, shall we say, than getting up and getting going.

Take weight loss, for example.  I’ve lost and gained and lost and gained in my lifetime, just like you, if you’re typical.  I’ve been on every diet program known to the Western world.  Finally, I decided to try something new and creative:  “eat less and move more.”  You know, it works.  I don’t pretend to have all the dieting answers, but this works for me: I eat smaller portions, I split meals in restaurants with friends or my husband, I don’t eat late in the evening if I can avoid it, I eat what I like so as not to feel deprived when I am eating, and, most importantly, I’ve increased my treadmill walking to 45 minutes a day.  I have a treadmill in my home office, very private, quiet, and I can watch either CNBC to prepare for the stock market opening or a DVR recording of a TV show I fell asleep to the night before, fast forwarding through the commercials.  I’m in my pajamas and running shoes, no fancy outfits, I don’t have to drive anywhere or talk to anyone.  When I’m done, I’m off to the shower and to get dressed.  Against all odds, I love this routine.  Which is why I am able to keep it up, week after week, month after month, year after year.

And which is why, since May, I’ve been able to drop 30 pounds already without actually feeling the least bit deprived or that I’m “dieting.”  Again, against all odds, I’m prepared and eager to lose another 20 without flinching.

So I guess taking on this particular new adventure has been good for not only my brain and my soul but my figure as well.

And it’s given me a whole bunch of confidence to try other new things.  Which brings me back to my original thought: the more you try to do something, then find that you are successful at it, the more you will continue to try other new things.  One thing leads to another, and before you know it, you’ve expanded your entire universe.

So who knows where this will lead?

Today: weight loss.

Tomorrow: I just might go back to school and become a brain surgeon.

You know, on second thought.  I’ll be very happy with the weight loss.


  1. Well done, dear Rita!!!

  2. Good for you!

  3. I have always admired this quality about you, Rita. When I see you on an overseas adventure, or read about the next thing you’re reading and what you’re learning from it, or hear about the next place you’re going to visit and then hear about the people you met and the things you learned or observed while there, I think “that’s the kind of person I want to be when I’m grandmother-age!” To never stop learning and trying and experiencing is a fabulous goal – one I hope to remember…well, today! Why wait?! 🙂

    • Thanks, Laura. I don’t see myself that way, but it’s nice to hear it from someone I admire! We’re taking good care of Dudley, and he’s doing a great job representing CA and the Kingdom. Tomorrow he comes to my ladies Bible study with me and gets to speak for 10 minutes before I teach. Love, Rita

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