Zooming in on the big picture
Monday, October 22, 2012
My super-fit brother asks me every so often "what is your goal?" I rarely have an answer.
Big goals are too big to wrap my head around. Small goals aren't important enough.
My big-picture motivation is my son. I am madly in love with my little 5-year old, and I want to be around a long time to see everything he will do and become. It's just hard for me to think that far ahead. Even if I die at 70, I'll still have almost 40 years with him!
But on the last day of those 40 years, I don't want to look back and think I could have had more if I had just made healthy food choices...
So if not a day 40 years from now, what about this day - Would I trade this day?
Do I want two slices of pizza for lunch, or to spend a couple of hours with him at the end of the school/work day, talking, playing and reading stories?
And tomorrow, I could have a Pumpkin Spice Latte with whole milk and a bacon breakfast sandwich from Starbucks or hear him sing a song they are learning in music class.
There isn't a food in the world worth having fewer years with my son. That doesn't mean I'll never have a cookie again. But if I was just eating one cookie, I wouldn't be in this mess! I'll never eat a dozen cookies in a sitting again. Because no matter what way I look at the picture, my goal is clear.