How a New ID Became a Symbol of Progress

Reflecting on the Journey

Greg J Barber


That Lightbulb Moment with a Piece of Plastic

Two months ago I had to get a new ID, such a great birthday gift from the state of Minnesota. It finally came in the mail, I got my new ID, and guess what? The guy in the photo? He’s me, but 20 pounds heavier. It’s wild how a simple piece of plastic can turn into a reality check.

Hitting a Plateau in the Weight Loss Game

Recently, I hit a bit of a snag in my weight loss journey. It was frustrating, seeing the scale fluctuate every week. It’s like playing a game where the rules keep changing. One minute you’re down a pound, the next you’re up two. Annoying!

The ID Revelation

But here’s the kicker. Holding that new ID was like a wake-up call. It wasn’t just a before-and-after photo; it was a reminder of the strides I’ve made. We’re talking two months of sweat, discipline, and saying no to the extra slice of pizza (well, most of the time).

Zooming Out for the Big Picture

It’s easy to lose sight of your progress when you’re stuck in the day-to-day. But when you zoom out and look at the whole picture, it’s like, “Wow, I did that?” That’s the real deal. It’s not about daily wins or losses; it’s about where you started and where you are going. Does the direction line up?

A Nudge Forward

So, here’s the deal. Use my story. Let it be the nudge you need to keep pushing, keep grinding, and keep dreaming. If I can do it, so can you. And sometimes, all it takes is a fresh look at an old picture to remind you of how far you’ve come.

In summary: Don’t let the daily ups and downs throw you off. Stay the course, and every now and then, take a step back to appreciate the journey.