Saturday, March 23, 2013
I am happy to report that I'm still wearing my Fitbit every day, but the addiction to keeping up the number of steps has lessened. This is both good and bad. The good side is that I'm not wearing out my knees and feet on a daily basis. The downside is that I'm not making progress.
As a teacher, I find myself telling kids that the answer to any given math problem is an easy one. There are seldom more than two steps to take to solve any equation at their level. Last night I realized that it's the same for my weight loss journey. There really are only two variables in this equation that I need to focus on. Diet and exercise. I know that it sounds like a ridiculous 'aha' moment. As my students would say, 'Duh." It really is that simple. I make it far more difficult than it needs to be.
Another classroom comparison came to mind this morning as I was looking over a test that my students have to take next week. I know their first thought when they see it is that it's TOO LONG, TOO HARD! I thought about the encouraging pep talk I'll have to give them before I hand out the test.
1. Don't focus on the length of the test or the number of problems.
2. Keep your mind focused on only one problem at a time.
3. Plan how to attack each problem. You know your formulas! Use them!
4. Take your time. It's not a race.
5. Don't get discouraged if you get stuck. Do what you can and move on.
6. Do your personal best.
7. Whatever you do, don't give up!
That, of course, led to my second silly 'aha' moment. Really? This teacher needs to practice what she preaches! This journey of mine is neither too hard or too long. It is what I make it.
I choose to break it down into manageable chunks and make it easy.