Monday, April 15, 2013
We all have ups and downs in life, and I am no different. Situations that have affected my weight loss efforts over the years have included getting a cold or flu, going through a period of not having money (to buy the food I need), or spraining an ankle (affecting the exercise). Also, birthdays, weddings, funerals, free food at the job, free food at church, free food at a friend's house, you name it. Emotions that have tripped me up include excitement and joy, depression, anxiety or fear, anger or unforgiveness, bitterness or self-pity, fatigue, guilt, or boredom.
So, given all of this, I was very happy to have been consistent with the Sparkcoach program since January of this year. Two weeks ago, I hadn't had anything trip me up. I had successfully navigated a sprained ankle, being temporarily poor, getting sick, and a host of events and food giveaways. What tripped me up happened last week. What was it? Travel!
Two weeks ago, I went on a work-related trip for 4 days. I didn't have a rental car, so eating was difficult. In the past I had traveled with food in my suitcase, but that normally didn't work either because I would end up wasting the food (usually canned things I wasn't interested in eating). So, suffice to say that I ate on this trip, and I gained 3 pounds.
Last week (this past week) another challenge happened that never happened before - indifference. I felt indifferent all week... indifferent about my job, about my family, about Sparkpeople, about my weight loss efforts, about my church, about everything. How do you motivate yourself under those circumstances? I was afraid I would eat a second week and lose all of my gains.
So, this morning I feel better (the indifference has passed), but it is my weigh-in day. I felt a little down about it, but I was determined nevertheless. Be courageous, I told myself. Keep pressing. Even though there are a few setbacks, in the end you will win this war. I got on the scale and I had lost the 3 pounds I had gained a week prior! Sigh of relief. Now I endeavor to keep pressing forward.
Yes we have ups and downs. But it is how we react to these ups and downs that is key. I pray for the strength to keep pressing, no matter what is around the corner.