The Burning 'Yes' Inside
Monday, January 14, 2013
I've been thinking the last couple of days about my motivation - how random it is. Some days I am so completely motivated and you couldn't pay me to eat anything not on plan. Other days? Don't get between me and the chocolate ... and can I eat that in bed please because I'm not working out today. What is that? Why??
I hate how inconsistent I've been. A sparkfriend (ibshaunie) had a blog not long ago on being 'consistently inconsistent'. Oh, I can relate to this! I know it's true that being consistent with small, good habits is WAY better than having a gung-ho 2kg weight loss week, followed by an 'anything goes buffet' week.
When I listed my failures to my husband a couple of days ago he pointed out that even though I hadn't stayed on my self-imposed plan in week 2 (only week 2!), I was still doing way better than I had before I made any plan at all. Ohhhh, it's that old 'progress not perfection' thing! That's good, right? Bless him for noticing and knowing exactly the right thing to say to combat my discouragement.
The new plan needs to contain grace for myself - room to grow and build the healthy habits without feeling like a failure if I eat a piece of my daughter's homemade cake.
- Drink your water, Lisa
- Go to bed at a reasonable hour most nights, Lisa
- Get up at a reasonable hour, Lisa - with time to exercise before the kiddos are about.
- Eat healthy most of the time, Lisa - and watch how much is on your plate.
- Don't eat your emotions, Lisa! Lonely? Write to someone. Bored? Do something! Discouraged or overwhelmed? PRAY!
The Biggest Loser Competition starts on Wednesday. I'm feeling freaked out about it - it's huge and a bit complicated! I'm not, however, letting myself think: "Wednesday! Wednesday! As of Wednesday I can't ..., and I'm going to ... everyday!" No! Starting today I'm reminding myself of 'mindfulness', keeping the big picture goal in the front of my mind (healthy, fitting in my summer clothes in June!), and that the little good habits will add up to achieving my goals.
I'm also thinking of a quote I read earlier this week, that I'm trying to apply to my daily decisions - what to eat, how to spend my time:
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage – pleasantly, smilingly, nonapologetically – to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way to do that is by having a bigger ‘YES’ burning inside.” ~ Stephen Covey
The bigger 'yes' burning inside. Yes.