Monday, June 04, 2012
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~Victor Frankl
The question of the day on the 30 days of summer speaks to what needs to change to make your goals come true... and for me I know what it is but achieving this change is easier said than done at times. Habits are not easy to break or change - but it can be done.
For me, recognizing my triggers (mostly boredom or routine). I had plans to do one thing yesterday and veered off course - ended up eating too much and had drinks again. It seems that my intention to allow 'one' cheat day only slips into to 2 and that's the pattern that I need to break. I'm not sure if it means avoiding the 'cheat' day all together for a while until I can establish more will to change my routine or simply finding things to distract me when I get bored and end up tempted... and cave in as I did yesterday.
My weight fluctuations when I do this are incredible - from yesterday to today 4lbs gained and I know it's some water weight - but it's so frustrating. From 158.5 to 162.5 this morning - back in 160Ville and I am so upset with myself!
So what needs to change?! This pattern is what needs to change if I am to make lasting progress on my journey to better health. The great debate about whether or not I can allow myself the 'give' is something I have to let go of I think for a while. The more I fight it, the more I rebel against it. MIMI - you remember the analogy you spoke of ... that struggle with the tug of war, the rope... and how just 'dropping it' is sometimes the solution?!
I think I need to shift my focus off the great debate and shift my focus on my end goal.
I am all for moderation versus deprivation - so as to not fall into binge cycles, but there's also a practice of establishing good habits which means practicing new routines for a period of time so they too become a new way of living.... This is what I will be focusing on.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. ~Jim Ryun