What Frog?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

I jump in to new challenges with both feet. Even if I can't run a mile, I plan a marathon. Even if I've been overeating for weeks, I restrict to 1,000 calories a day. Even if I usually sleep in to the last second, I set my alarm for 4am, expecting a two hour workout. Of course I've heard that boiled frog metaphor, but I'm no frog. No logic can pierce the rosy hue of A New Beginning.

And three days later I'm exhausted, sore, hungry, and all-around miserable. I hop out of the boiling water, chiding myself all the way.

What did I expect? Perfection, of course!

But if I really want this time to be different, if I really want to lose weight and keep it off, if I really want to be fit, if I really want to challenge my habits and reforge my routine... I can't expect perfection. I have to accept that I'll occasionally eat a forbidden brownie or sneak a bowl of m&ms. I have to start slow.

This week's action steps: Track my calories, eat 1,200-1,500 a day. Exercise three times this week, either jogging or playing badminton or walking. Begin setting up the mental framework that will allow me to hurdle obstacles through self-encouragement, journaling, praying, and other heart-feeding activities.

I can do this. I just can't do it all at once.

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    Thank you! Good luck to you, too. emoticon
    1998 days ago
    I can do this....I just can't do this all at once! No wiser words have been spoken. I like to think there is no failure....just smaller successes. You CAN do this Many small changes will bring big results. One day at a time! emoticon
    2010 days ago
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