What's "good enough"?
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Struggling today with the old "not good enough." This is a really bad place for me to be. Next step is "why bother."
Try to talk it through. What's not "good enough?" I'm having a really hard time getting myself onto the stationary bike three times a week. It's right here in my office--no trip to the gym, no special clothes required. I've tried to bribe myself with books on tape -- not working -- it takes way too long to get through the books. I've read SP articles on motivation, read about how folks get themselves up in the wee hours to fit in their workout. Also not working.
AND: I have tracked my food every day since I started with the program; I've exceeded the recommended calorie range only once in over three weeks, and then by less than 100 calories. I have been in the target range for carbs, protein, fat, fiber and cholesterol nearly every day. I've started doing pilates for 45 minutes three times a week, and have signed up to continue same through the end of March. I've exceeded the target of 90 minutes of exercise every week. My weight loss is on track, moving slowly but steadily in the right direction.
So when is it okay to say "give yourself a break--good enough?" My goal is to get into my healthy weight range and stay there. I've changed my eating habits hugely. The pilates three times a week is exercise. It already has strengthened my core and upper body. When the weather warms up, I'll be biking every weekend.
Maybe I'd be a better person if I rode my stationary bike several times a week or flossed my teeth every day, but today I will focus on what I've been doing right. I will acknowledge that eating a healthy diet is a MAJOR change for me. Today I will decide that what I'm doing, though less than what it might be, is good enough, and I will give myself a