When I ride the bike, or as I ponder my blogs, I get these stray thoughts of the evolutionary nature of this "journey" as so many of us call it. When we first start out, we are engrossed in the mechanics, the enthusiasm of seeing the results.
Maybe once we get near or to a goal weight, we shift focus to a fitness or athletic goal, and that becomes the center of what we think and talk about for a while.
As we "maintain" our healthy habits, we might start becoming used to the bodies we have shrunk into. When we have a slip or slide, we may panic, and fear we'll slide all the way back.
Or we could become discouraged by a collection of small slips, or even a major slide, and be tempted to say "why try"?
But in our hearts, we know we want what living healthy has to offer. We know we want to be able to do what needs doing or even what we take a wild hare in and decide we want to do. We have let go of so much that "weighed us down", and y'all know I'm not just talking about physical weight. The mental barriers, the attitudes of "I can't", or "what if I fail", or "what if I succeed"... they are in the rear-view mirror. Once in a while they rear their ugly heads.
Now, in year three of the current maintenance (and I call it the current maintenance because I've been in what I called maintenance before)... I am only beginning to feel the glimmers of WHY the odds of keeping it off forever increase with the length of the maintenance. I am beginning to believe that it is because only over time can we truly redefine "normal" for ourselves.
Here's to all of our "new normal"... a life full of healthy habits, in balance, and with a healthy sprinkle of FUN in the mix.
LIFE is good. It is brief and precious, and full of others who are just as fragile as ourselves... big or little, young or old... we share a common humanity. Let us be kind to ourselves to give us strength to also be kind to one another. Spark on!