Monday, May 20, 2013
I remember many years ago having several extremely tiring and frustrating days and nights as a new mother with my infant son. I sat there, feeling completely overwhelmed and thinking about my lack of abilities. I said honestly, "I don't think I can do this; I don’t think I have what it takes to be a mother.”
My always pragmatic husband immediately responded with, "Too late now!"
My husband, who has made his career out of managing people and projects, knows better than anyone I know how to break down a large complex undertaking into small daily tasks that will get the job done -- on time and within budget. His skill lies in the careful but dispassionate monitoring of continual progress being made.
I, on the other hand, have accomplished a lot, too – but usually with sporadic and passionate bursts of energy and enthusiasm. By the completion of each project, my energy was usually depleted. In between those bursts would be quiet time – resting – renewal for the next big project.
During my time here on SP, I have learned that periodic bursts of energy and enthusiasm are not what lead to successful long-term weight loss and maintenance.
It turns out that my husband’s business-like approach is a far better one.
Being on SP has taught me that if I just do two or three things every day, I will be doing all that is necessary to achieve my goals: track my food, stay within the calorie range, and exercise (for me, that usually means walking 3 miles).
The passion, the energy, and the enthusiasm are all still good – and some days I have them all. On those days, I might try a new recipe, or try out a new exercise, or write a blog about a new insight.
But even if I don’t feel them, there are still just three things I need to do every day.
Today, I will track my food, stay within the calorie range, and exercise.