Tuesday, May 17, 2011
This is my recently-developed mantra for making healthier lifestyle changes: "Judicious Persistence."
It reminds me to keep going even when I have to slow the pace.
The judicious part helps me realize that if I've exercised to the point of nausea that I've gone too far and should adjust things. The persistence part helps me remember that adjusting things is not the same as stopping entirely. Both of these parts require me to pay attention and listen to my body/mind/spirit.
I tend to be an extremist -- an all-or-nothing kind of person -- so learning moderation is a good thing. Applying it to my eating and exercising habits is not only a life-changing thing, but also for me a life-saving thing.
I'm really grateful that I found help and inspiration on SparkPeople; I'm utterly amazed at how much better I feel.
And I'm absolutely and completely speechless with wonder when I remember that last fall I could barely run for 60 seconds and now I can run for 60 minutes or more.
This stuff works; I think I'll persist.