Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Hitting That Big Old Wall - How to Keep Going When You Feel Like Stopping, by Julie Isphording, really struck a chord with me today. I feel like I've been hitting that wall all summer long and with far less success than Julie encourages you to grasp. The truth is - it's been easy to just coast along, not eating badly but not eating well either. Just ... over eating a little - just enough to keep my weight lodged firmly in place. Because it has been hard. It IS hard to lose weight. Every one of you here, who have successfully lost weight, has worked hard at it. It's hard to resist temptations. It's hard to plan ahead. It's hard to make good choices and it's hard to remember what those good choices are!
And it is easy to go along with the status quo. In my own case, my life is sweet and satisfactory and I have lived in the same place so long that people think I'm just fine the way I am. I am only reminded of how much I want things to change when I see candid photographs of me. Ugh. Then I am not just reminded - I am floored - sometimes I am horrified.
But I know I am capable of doing hard things - of even lasting to the finish line. I am reminded of the time I truly hit a wall at work - performing a task that daunted me by it's enormity. I sat on the floor one day, surrounded by old fashioned catalog cards and just thought "I am defeated." and felt the complete and utter magnitude of my defeat. and then - since not finishing this task really wasn't an option .. somehow I continued working. And eventually, if shabbily, I did complete that task.
A less arduous and daunting incident of coming up against a wall .. or at least noticing how close that wall is - has happened as I've been swimming laps. Several weeks ago I remember gasping after the 10th lap and wondering if I had what it takes to go that one more lap. I took a bit of a breather and then plunged in. Today I will swim 25 laps and I'll have to push myself for those last 2 - but I have this sweet history of being able to go Just One More Lap so I am more confident of my success. I know that wall will be up there, but I believe in my ability more now. My consistent application of the JOML principle has built that confidence and added a bit of pride to the mixture.
And so. Perhaps what I need is a series of small Just One Less Bites. Perhaps today is a good day to fold that thought into my brain. Yes. I like that. Today I will take Just One Bite Less and see where it gets me in, say, 6 weeks!