Tuesday, July 02, 2013
As a teacher, Dr Seuss and his wonderful words of wisdom come into my life daily.
As a weight loss success story (I'm maintaining my weight after losing 85 pounds) there is one quote from Dr Seuss that I truly enjoy:
"Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting. So...Get On Your Way!"
For awhile there I wasn't very active, on Spark or in real life. Life had thrown me some major curve balls and I wasn't able to keep up as well as I hoped. I did what I could, but ultimately I wasn't very happy with what I was doing.
I then remembered this quote and used it in my BLC Inspirational Duty of the Day and thought about how I truly did my best during the last couple of months when I had a lot going on. I may not have climbed to the top of my mountain each and every day, I may not have gotten in 1,000+ fitness minutes during those crazy months. But I did what I could. I took hold of each day as a new day and found ways to reach my goals, even if I was only a step closer.
Goals though? I reached my weight goal right before life went crazy. Did I have goals? What was I working for?
Honestly, during those months, I'm not sure I had any long term goals. I had basic daily goals. Drink enough water. Go for a walk. Don't go insane. Pretty much my way of making sure I did SOMETHING without having to add any more stress.
About a week-two weeks ago life slowed down again. I was no longer working 65-70hours/week (yes, I did this from March till mid-June). I didn't have to worry about 22 preschool evaluations, 14 preschool graduation books, or any major wedding stuff (still had some small things to handle, but nothing outrageous in that category).
I was finally able to breathe and make more progress. Not necessarily on my weight, as I am where I want to be scale wise, but on other personal goals.
I want to run in a color 5K - Registered for the Color Vibe run coming to my area late September
Now, I have something to work for. Having a goal is so important. If I didn't have goals, I'd probably not care as much and wouldn't be as active because "I'm at my goal weight, I have nothing more to do." So wrong. Just like the quote, every day is a new day, there's a mountain waiting to be climbed. Even if we only get a foot up the mountain, it's better than sliding back down.
And, of course, some days we do slide down and thats OK. The important thing is to treat each day, each moment, as a new opportunity. I may have had a snack that wasn't so healthy yesterday mid-morning. Doesn't mean the rest of my day has to be unhealthy. I can change my habits around within a day.
We have the power to make our days great. We make the choices to achieve personal daily, weekly, monthly, and longer-term goals. Even when life throws us curve balls, we are able to get back on track. Achieving weight loss goals is essentially like a mountain. Some days we may feel like we are on top of the world, eating all the healthy food, getting in decent exercise minutes, and even sharing our success here on SparkPeople. Other days, some may feel lower on the mountain, having to find the strength to get even a little bit closer to their goals. Everything we do, every step we take towards our goals, makes us that much closer. Even if some days we are on the bottom, it just gives us more room to improve.
So, what are my goals for today? What steps can I take to make myself better?
- Eat a healthy breakfast. Goal Met
- Drink 6+ cups of water
- Have leftover homemade pizza for dinner
- Goto the gym this afternoon OR walk/run outside
- Eat 2 more servings of freggies, at least (already have 1 in)
I may be maintaining my weight, but that doesn't mean my goals stop or that I have nothing more to work towards.