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Why Does It Seems So Difficult and Easy at the Same Time?

Sunday, November 18, 2012

"A paradox is something that seems contradictory or unbelievable, but may or may not be true. (noun)"
(YourDictionary definition. Copyright © 2012 by LoveToKnow Corp)

For the past few months I have been on a Spark Streak that has been like a snowball gathering size as it rolls downhill. It seems like the more I am able to keep my streak alive, the easier it gets to keep this ball rolling.

But then there is the paradox of the whole journey. As soon as I feel I have this whole thing figured out, then I will have a day or two that feel like complete torture and I want to throw in my towel and quit.

Let me explain this statement. Everyday I log onto Spark, I count my calories, I count my minutes of exercise, I count my freggie consumption and my water intake --- easy --- right? What is so difficult about this? Less calories in, more calories out = weight loss! This is simple math. It doesn't seem so difficult. In fact it seems quite easy.

Ahhh, but then you have to enter in the other parameters... like not feeling very energetic, not feeling like cooking those low cal meals, friends invite you out to dinner, relatives have birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and throw into this for good measure - plain no motivation days. Difficult?

Then once again there is the whole exercise thing. Commit to just 10 minutes. Easy, right? So I get off my butt and get moving and 10 minutes invariably turns into 30 or 45, sometimes even 2 hours. EASY! And on top of it, it feels so good. The body moves more easily, the legs feel stronger, the arms can lift heavier weights and it only took a few minutes out of the day.

But then it comes slowly sneaking up -- the darkness, the rain, the dreary days. The TV shows, the telephone calls, the chores that need to be done, the house that needs cleaning, the family that wants some attention. There is always something that can come between 10 minute commitment and the other things that seem to need to be done. Difficult.

However after all is said and done there is the joy, the reward, the feeling of accomplishment, the pride that can only be achieved by doing the difficult and getting it done. Everyday we are allowed so many minutes to make our lives count. Everyday we are given a new chance to set our goals and go for them. Everyday we are given the choice to believe if it is easy or difficult. So I say when it is easy, go with the flow... and when it is difficult... then just push that snowball over the hump because there will be more days of rolling downhill to come.
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    emoticon lovely analogy, and i'm in the midst of a long uphill push... no wonder i'm tuckered! LOL ;)

    but i trust there will be easier days ahead... thanks for the Spark today :)
    1949 days ago
    Excellent observations!
    1950 days ago
    Oh this could so easily be my blog for the day.
    I don't know how Nike ever managed to copyright the phrase I say to myself on days like this..." just do it!". And I will. It's somehow comforting to know I am not the only one feeling this way though.
    Spark on!
    1950 days ago
    Well said! emoticon
    1950 days ago
    The yin and yang of it. Oh yes, and you can't have one without the other. Darn it all. emoticon It would be so wonderful if it was all easy. But, you are right about the awesome rewards we get for doing a good job. It's our choice. Some days, I feel like it's too hard and not worth it ~ but then I think about the alternative. Staying fat and unhealthy. And I know it is worth it. I am worth it. And NO one is going to do it for me.

    Thanks for your comments on my blog. It is getting easier and I think you are right, my body needed to readjust to this new lifestyle. emoticon

    You feel the same way about being an honorary Canadian as I do about being an honorary American. 3 of 4 of my grandparents were American and I have spent a lot of time in the US and love parts of it. I hope you enjoyed Vancouver, I have a sister there. I live in Alberta, the next province over as I'm sure you know. What state do you live in now?

    I'm on my way to have some ice cream CUZ I saved up for it. :D emoticon

    1950 days ago
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