"A paradox is something that seems contradictory or unbelievable, but may or may not be true. (noun)"
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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.