Friday, July 13, 2012
I have in my possession an abundant amount of self help. It ranges from spiritual to scientific. Books, audio and viewable. Some I've looked at /listened to. Others I've never touched.
Here's an interesting thing I recently discovered though. It actually does help, but not necessarily in the way it is intended to. Big shout out to Chalene Johnson and her CarSmart series as well as the book Push, because she said it and wrote it, but I only recently put it into practice.
Surrounding yourself with positive influences has an effect on you positively.
Sounds obvious, right? It did to me too. I thought, "I don't have negative influences in my life. That's not me." Then I found myself at the end of a week where I had eaten ice cream nearly every day and sometimes more than once a day. I was spiraling, and I needed to reign things in. But I was struggling with getting back on track, I started to think about how things had gone so awry. I was still exercising or getting activity in every day which was a pledge I made at the beginning of the summer. I reflected on my goals. I had been within 2 lbs of my goal weight prior to Easter, I was now 10lbs. away. I wasn't making good decisions based on my goals. I didn't appear to be thinking about what I was doing at all. I needed to refocus. I went back to the drawing board.
I started brainstorming. What had changed, what worked before, what was working for others, did I need to revisit my goals, what did I ultimately want to accomplish by all this. I started researching, I love the internet. Pinterest is amazing and there is so much information out there that it's easy to be lost for hours. I started reading, articles, then magazines, then books, I started listening to audio programs on goal setting and nutrition. I started watching documentaries like Forks Over Knives and Food Matters. I found my way back to sparkpeople.
I wasn't surrounding myself knowingly with negative influence, but I wasn't leaving room for the positive influence either. I needed a period of immersion to get back on track, but I'm also going to keep in mind to leave room for these types of activities in my daily/weekly/monthly schedule because a positive influence is just as powerful if not more so than a negative one.