"It's not who you are that holds you back, it's who you think you're not."
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Got that from another Sparkperson this morning. A great thought for the day.
I'm psyching myself up to get back on track and begin eating mindfully, exercising regularly and getting in shape for another busy year. What I've learned from Sparkpeople is that most of the game is mental.
I can have a good menu plan, get up early and exercise, remember to bring a bottle of water to work, have at least one healthy snack on hand somewhere, but if I'm stressed/depressed/anxious/tir
ed/upset.....well, I will find myself cleaning out the refrigerator with my mouth wide open! and it,s not a pretty sight.
I'm going to take my time and think things over before I commit myself and get started. I'm going to start practising a more positive focus. The quote above reminded me of a time this year when I was looking at a photo album from about 15 years ago, when my kids were younger. I was working and going to school and most of the time I ate whatever and whenever, and never really exercised besides walking the dog.
My mental image of myself was, overweight mom with messy hair and makeup and chronic dark circles under her eyes.
The pictures in the album were a shock. Actually I looked pretty good back then-nowhere near as fat as I always believed myself to be, really pretty okay looking. But (for whatever reason) I was very down on myself, I never believed I could really get in shape-and for years I didn't. I didn't SEE myself as a person who could work out and believe in herself and get in shape.
So my goal for this year is NOT to see myself as an overweight 50-something. I want to be thinking of myself as a fit, healthy person who can believe in herself and achieve her goals.