Patterns are difficult to change. Frankly, any kind of change is a challenge.
But all too often, we see the effects of not changing. We see people fall into the same patterns that their parents and families repeat over and over. Whether it’s an addiction, abusive behavior, etc., far too often, people succumb to the patterns of the past.
But there are always exceptions to the rule. We hear about people who break the cycle all the time. And we’re inspired by their courage and determination.
They remind us that people are not bound absolutely to their pasts. Each individual has the potential, the very real possibility of breaking destructive patterns and changing their fate.
We are not our parents. We are not our families. We are individuals who can be influenced by our pasts and environment. But we can also find the strength and fortitude to forge our own fresh paths.
Vicious cycles can emerge without us even realizing it. And the person who succumbs to such a cycle may be staring back at you in the mirror.
Ultimately, obesity is a killer. It’s a slow abuse of the physical and spiritual self. The body is beaten down. Confidence is killed. The spirit is smothered.
If you are obese, you may feel hopeless. You may feel like you have tried everything – and failed at everything. Maybe even more than once.
But there is hope. There is a help to make changes. You are not trapped. You hold the key to your own shackles. And many have successfully broken their own cycles.
It takes courage to change. It’s not easy, but you are not alone. You have tools and resources available to help break the vicious cycle. You have the strength deep within you. You are not a victim. You are a victor.
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