Don't let the Perfect be the Enemy of the Good
Monday, June 24, 2013
I had a really great weekend. I went to the farmer's market, I cooked a lot, went to see an author speak, spent some time working on the house, and started a baby sweater, because believe it or not at 35, I am a great aunt! Yikes, that sounds old.
I feel really good lately. My back is healing up and my feet are feeling better. Because I haven't been able to do much the past few weeks, I have been focusing on "keeping moving" around the house until I can handle regular exercise again. It must be working, because I lost 5 lbs last week! Although, to be honest, I think there was a lot of water weight there, but I will take what I can get.
I get frustrated with my inflammation sometimes, and wind up throwing in the towel because it is so hard to make progress without regular exercise. I have decided that it is important to listen to my body as it heals, and as I read on the "balanced bites" blog - Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good. I like this saying. I have a tendency to think that if I eat something "bad", or I am not able to work out at the intensity that I would like, that I have "failed" so I might as well give up.
The realization that I am doing the best that I can in the moment really helps to provide me with the motivation to do what I can. Right now, I am respecting the fact that there is only a certain amount of walking/scrubbing/moving things I can do right now before my back gets sore. That is okay. If I keep up with the small things, then when my back is fully healed, I will be ready to start exercising again. If I don't even bother to clean out that closet, or do a little yoga, then when my back is healed, I will be starting over from scratch, and will be more likely to blow the disk again. Baby steps are okay with a fragile healing body.
In listening to a podcast the other day, the guest made a really good point. When you have been sedentary and eating a Standard American Diet for a period of time, your body is essentially "broken", and it takes a long time to repair and get yourself functioning at a normal rate again. I think so often I want quick results, but really, this is a process of slow, incremental long term lifestyle change.