I love dedication and discipline. If you are going to do something, do it to the best of your ability. Don’t bother committing to something if you’re not going to stick with it.
When I make up my mind to do something, I’m going to do it regardless of what it takes. Whether it’s writing a book, finishing a project in the yard, or running in a race Cindy thinks I’m crazy to even consider, I’ll do everything in my power to make it happen.
Cindy tells me I’m OCD; I say she just looks at things differently because she is MDN
(most definitely not).
In the early ‘80’s Cindy took up running for a couple of years. To her credit she ran a few 5 and 10Ks. Once she completed a 10K in a little over an hour, and two days later found out she was pregnant with our second son, Josh. She would have won the award for fastest pregnant woman (yes, they actually gave one) had she known. Twenty-five years later Cindy picked up running once again and completed 30 half marathons, including one in Mobile, Alabama when the temperature during the entire race never climbed above 14 degrees.
But while running has been an obsession for me (OCD), it never became one for her (MDN). She has never written a book — in fact she hasn’t even read some of the ones I’ve written — and takes her sweet time when she tackles a project around the house. But I do have to give her a lot of credit for the dedication and discipline she has demonstrated in her latest venture.
Earlier this year she joined WW, an organization that now likes to be known by its initials in lieu of its actual name. Sort of like KFC did, although we all know exactly what the letters stand for. The intent of the WW plan focuses on a good diet, while also stressing the importance of mental and physical health in one’s life.
Cindy has stuck with the program religiously the past nine months. She’s eating well, exercising regularly, and doing some of the things she deserves and should have been enjoying years ago. At this very moment she is within a few ounces of her target weight, and I’m here to tell you, she looks terrific. I don’t know if I’ve ever been prouder of her. And it couldn’t come at a better time; we’ve been together less than 47 years, and we’ve still got our whole lives in front of us.
I guess what I’m trying to say is this:
When I hold her in my arms I feel like I’m 18 all over again.

Scott Ludwig lives, runs, and writes in Senoia.  His latest book, “Southern Charm: Columns from a small town Georgia newspaper,” as well as the rest of his books, can be found on his author page on Amazon. He can be reached at magicludwig1@gmail.com.