Just Keep Swimming
by Meggan Larson
Have you ever felt like you’re in a fog? As though your brain can’t catch up to the rest of you and it feels like you’re struggling for air? Have you ever considered the possibility that you might not make it through one more day never mind staying on plan or not ripping your hair out? I don’t know what season of life you’re in but for myself, I am coming out of a depressing one. It actually reminds me of what happened to my husband and me while vacationing in Cuba a couple of months ago…
We decided that we would go snorkeling together so we put on our masks and snorkels and set out in the water. We just kept swimming and swimming because there were NO fish! The water was crystal clear and we could see the bottom but not touch it. Finally, we stopped to take a break and realized that we were REALLY far from shore. We had no idea that we had swum that far but we definitely had and now we had to swim back. The only problem was that now we were tired. And we hadn’t noticed how wavy it was because the current was pushing us away from the beach. Now that we were turned around and attempting to swim back we realized with dread that we had to fight the current and it was exhausting. My husband led the way and I put my head down and swam with all my might for several minutes. Imagine my shock when I paused to look up and my husband was nowhere near me! It turns out I had been swimming sideways and was no closer to the beach than when I started. I’ll admit, I started to panic a little bit and screamed at my husband to WAIT! I wanted to just give up and take a break but I knew with that current that I would be pushed out further and further so I had to just keep swimming. I slowed down and was more intentional about where I was swimming this time, looking up often to keep my husband in my sights. I kept having to readjust my position to head back to the shore instead of to the cliffs. It was painfully slow going but eventually, we made it to where my husband could touch again and he half dragged me back to shore. We didn’t venture out that far again.
I guess my point in this is that we all go through seasons where it feels like it would be much easier to just give up than to keep going but that’s a lie. If you give up, you’ll be pushed out even further away from where you started. In those times you’ve gotta just keep swimming. Come up for air every so often to make sure you’re still on course and ultimately just don’t give up. Eventually, you’ll get to where you want to, it may just take longer than you wanted and may be more painful than you thought it would be. As long as you don’t give up, you’ll make it to shore.
~ Meggan 🙂
ps…As always I’d love to hear from you so if you have any questions or comments please comment below or email me at Meggan@thelaundrymoms.com
Meggan Larson is a wife, mom of three, and challenge overcomer! Being diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and undergoing aggressive chemotherapy when her second born child was only three months old, gave Meggan an expected twist to her life. Dealing with pregnancy weight gain and the debilitating effects of chemotherapy, Meggan’s weight soared to over 228 pounds. Feeling humiliated with no desire to socialize, Meggan was desperate for a change. Shortly after losing 20 pounds with the Trim Healthy Mama program, Meggan found out she was pregnant with baby number three, which ended in an emergency C-section and unexpected hysterectomy. Despite the challenges she faced, Meggan has just celebrated her one year “trimiversary”, and her success of releasing just over 60 pounds! Meggan is confident that her success on plan is “doable” for anyone looking to gain back their health and wanting to live a trim and healthy lifestyle!