Friday, February 22, 2013
CHOOSE YOUR HARD
If you haven't read through the Sparkpeople motivational quotes, please do check them out. I wish these were available as posters (are they?)
Here's one that knocked me sideways:
* Losing weight is hard * Maintaining weight is hard * Being overweight is hard *
CHOOSE YOUR HARD
Reading this, I cried. Because it's funny. Because it's true. Because it doesn't let me wimp out - it's implacable. Doesn't give me any room to feel sorry for myself. Because it inspires me, & bids me take action.
I cringe from inspiration - or more accurately I cringe from the disappointment that follows inspiration and hope. But I do love this quote.
It's true that all those things are hard, just as life is hard. But there are up-sides to losing weight that compensate for the hardship. Upsides like longer life, better health, more self-respect; these can be mine if I lose weight. They may not be mine if I stay fat.
Choosing. That's the thing. If I choose one thing over another, I will actively pursue some actions and reject others. I act. I take control - events are not happening to (a passive) me. I have options, I have responsibility.
And there are repercussions. My experience with charting a course for my life has not left me feeling powerful, in charge of my life - it's always been a disappointment, leaving me inclined to subside, to be passive, to cut my losses, to cope with things as they are, to not act. From long habit I endure circumstances rather than try to change them. So I am powerfully reluctant to take charge. It's never worked well for me in the past.
I am trying to find the tools to change this.
Life is hard. So is dying. There are upsides to living though, that offset the hard part; fewer upsides to dying.