Not lazy--changing my "story"
Friday, May 24, 2013
Tony Robbins, the self-help, motivational guy, was recently on the Doctor Oz show. He was talking about implementing change in our lives. He said you needed to have a proven plan, change your story and change your attitude (I don't remember his exact words but that was the gist of it.) The part I was focused on was my story. To try to accurately describe my story, there are a lot of descriptive words I would use: morbidly obese woman who used to have really bad eating habits who now has good eating habits, hopeful that positive changes are taking place regarding my health (mentally and physically), kind and generous, a bit obsessive, love my family and my pets, enjoy my job and am pretty good at it but sometimes struggles with money, somewhat impatient. Some of the aspects of my story are positive and some are negative, but all are me.
A word, however, that needs to be taken out of my "story"...a word that I have used in it all of my adult life is "lazy". I suffered from depression and slept entirely too much, and I lacked the energy to exercise and complete many household tasks preferring to hang out in front of the computer or the TV. For years I was a certified couch potato. Calling for carryout whenever I had the money. So I called myself "lazy". It was a label I put on myself to excuse my behaviors...but that label needs to change.
Since I have started on this journey (officially in mid-March, then adding Spark People in the beginning of May), I have exercised 4-5 times a week increasing intensity little by little. I have had more energy from the healthy foods that I have been eating and it shows in the tasks I complete around the house. I still watch TV and spend time on the computer (yes, too much), but it is far less. Before starting my journey, my depression lessened and I no longer sleep during the day like I used to. I have a regular sleep schedule now averaging like 9 hours a night. And I need to stop labeling myself as "lazy". This part of my story is a lie.
I will continue to work on being more active, but calling myself names is counterproductive and untrue to boot. Maybe this weekend I will buy one of those things that count your steps and challenge myself, watching the improvements as I journey into this healthy lifestyle! Add to my "story" the word "positive"!