Monday, November 15, 2010
Beware the numbers game!
YES, the numbers can be our best ally as we watch calories and bump up our workouts and watch the scale...
BUT: these ARE only numbers and we have to not lose sight of the forest for the trees.
We're all here working on building a new & healthy LIFESTYLE! Don't forget to stop and smell those new roses we've all been growing for ourselves as we pursue better and better "numbers."
After all, think about this:
When one reaches your goal what numbers will you be watching then? One of the difficult aspects of maintenance once you've reached your goals is that the "numbers" on the scale don't keep dropping. The "numbers" on the tape measure don't keep dropping. The "numbers" on our blood pressure readings, triglycerides & cholesterol...they'll stop dropping too! The "numbers" on the weights we lift or the reps we do don't keep increasing...at least not by the leaps and bounds to which we've grown accustomed. How will you measure your progress and satisfaction then?
I think that illness and injury can help us in preparing for those days by forcing us to take stock of our accomplishments and to savor the SPARKED way of life that we've created for ourselves. With rare exceptions, we all will bounce back from such hurdles. And if we don't quite bounce back to the level we might have previously enjoyed? We can appreciate how our healthy lifestyle has helped us to avoid even MORE serious repercussions and value the skills and abilities we have.
Most of us are giving our workouts the best we can. And just as we tell our children, we need to tell ourselves as well: our best is MORE than good enough!