Finally Headed Home

I’m in the car headed home and it’s giving me some time to process how the week away from home and schedule went.

Here’s how I think I did:

  • Best part of the entire week was the closeness I felt with God. I could tell people we’re praying for me and I could see God’s hand guiding me and encouraging me. And when I stumbled how quick He was to remind me of His grace. He also reminded me that I must extend that same grace to myself.
  • That said, I definitely had some stumbles. Sugar is a temptation for me and I had a BIG dessert last night at the awards ceremony and dessert reception.
  • I was able to walk for cardio, but didn’t have the time or space to do any strength exercises. I think I should have tried harder to make time.
  • There were several periods of time where I couldn’t get out of my own head. I struggled with discouragement and thoughts that I shouldn’t bother even trying because I’ll never succeed. These seemed to come when I was over tired.
  • On the strange and wonderful plus side of the week, I actually miss working out. I never thought those words would pass my lips. And the fact that I feel this way is one of the biggest gifts of this process.

Overall, I’d give myself a B+ for the week. I’m learning that as great as the opportunity to be part of Rob’s Big Losers is, it’s not all lollipops and rainbows. Lifestyle changes take time and effort. But changes are coming and I’m excited to continue the journey!

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Edie Melson is a freelance writer and editor with years of experience in the publishing industry. She’s a prolific writer, and has a popular writing blog, The Write Conversation. In keeping up with the leading edge of al things digital, Edie has become known as one of the go-to experts on social media for writers wanting to learn how to plug in. Her first book, Social Media Marketing for Writers took less than a month to move into the best-seller category on Amazon. As a sought after writing instructor, her heart to help others define and reach their dreams has connected her with writers all over the country. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference, as well as a popular faculty member at numerous others. Edie is also the Social Media Coach for My Book Therapy. She’s a member of numerous professional writing organizations, including the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, The Christian Pen, The Christian Writer’s View I and American Christian Fiction Writers. She’s also a regular contributor on, a Writers Digest top 101 websites for writers, as well as a regular columnist in Southern Writers Magazine. Married 30+ years to her high school sweetheart, Kirk, they have raised three sons.

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