Friday, February 15, 2013
I have been thinking about how to create a structure for myself, for my journey to healthy weight, to enact what author Eugene Peterson calls "A Long Obedience in the same Direction." (The book is not about weight loss; I just love the title.)
By doing simple behaviors day by day, I will arrive at my goal. Saying that is elementary. Executing it has eluded me in the past.
I have been praying and contemplating, and I have assembled a strategy: I will think of this like graduating from school. For school I never obsessed whether or not I would receive a diploma. I merely had to finish the course. I just needed to carry out each daily assignment, one by one, over the span of enrollment time.
Thus I chose a motivating and feasible graduation date for myself. Truly it should be called Commencement, because I have always in mind that at goal I will commence maintenance, as a permanent state.
I am officially embarking on my healthy habits course of action as of February 19, 2013. Around Sparkland I have noticed several people choosing a 500-day journey. For me that time period accomodates a one-pound-per-week weight loss to arrive at a healthy weight. In 500 days, if God is willing, I will graduate on July 4, 2014.
That inspires me because it is our traditional week at a lakeside family camp. All kinds of recreation and equipment is available that week, and I will be more ready for it than ever!
Then.....life as a vigilant maintainer!