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More Ordinary than I Thought

Saturday, July 14, 2012

This past week marks my recommitment to living a healthy life using Spark People (the first time was, shall we say... lackluster). What strikes me as odd is how very ordinary this is feeling to me.

You know how it goes when you decide to do something new. There's all the excitement with setting goals, planning, and the initial execution. For whatever reason, I am not feeling any of that this time. And believe me, this lifelong fat chick has been on many a diet in her day, so I know that roller coaster well.

Instead, this week has been feeling very run-of-the-mill. Yes, I'm committed, but there's nothing extraordinary here. Even though I have been making significantly different choices with my initial goals of tracking food, exercising, and getting a healthy amount of sleep, I don't feel "different" like I have in the past.

Maybe this is a good thing. If there is no honeymoon period, there's none of that letdown that comes after the initial high wears off.

Obstacles can be seen in a different light, too. When they come (and you know they will come), they wouldn't be seen as a buzz-kill. Rather, they are temporary annoyances that need to be worked through as we wait for life to return to normal.

All that, I believe, is a good thing.

What is your experience?

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

RECREATING_ME 7/15/2012 10:18AM

    Hi Kricket4,

I have no doubts about that :) Seeing changes will be vey gratifying.

Your thought on what I am doing now becoming the new normal is so true. At some point (ideally when I have reached my goal), things will be come to a standstill and there won't be the thrill of the changes. If I were to get derailed by a plateau, what is to say that I would do OK with maintaining since it would be so ordinary?

Thanks for stopping by and for commenting!

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KENDRACARROLL 7/14/2012 9:55PM

    Oh, you'll get excited once you see some positive changes ;)

If you look at this in the context of lifestyle change, ordinary is probably a good thing. I mean ordinary in the sense of normal. After all, the goal is that the changes you're working on making become, over time, the new normal.

Stick around this time. This Spark thing really works!

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