Push or pull?

I’m going to ask you a simple question that could decide the direction of your life.

Push or pull?

During my workout the other day, I was flipping a huge tire up and down the street.  By huge, I’m talking 275 pounds.

Then it dawned on me. I used to weigh almost as much as that tire.

Before that math equation epiphany, I was beating myself up for a few happy pounds I’ve found since tying the knot back in May. The workouts have been consistent, but I will be honest. I let a few indulgent choices slip in past the treat meal expiration date. It may not seem like a big deal to some people, but if you’ve ever lost a massive amount of weight, gaining even a few pounds can feel like you’ve traveled back in time.  When I tipped the scales at 267 pounds five years ago, the emotional weight of poor health decisions hurt more than the physical pain that obesity can bring.

Fast forward five years, and there I was, literally pushing my past up and down the street to propel me into a healthier future.

That tire reminded me of one very important thing about the past: you can let it push you into your destiny, or pull you back.

The choice is yours.

Today, and every day, I choose to use my past for fuel, not for fear. I hope you make the same decision too.