Is weight loss work?
Friday, August 09, 2013
Today's Spark Coach was about weight loss, work, and negative (or positive) self-talk. The part that spoke most to me was the questions - if you spoke to employees who are trying to do their jobs the way that you speak to yourself if trying to lose weight... would they feel empowered and engaged? or would they want to quit?
And lately, I have been really tough on myself. I would want to quit. And that maybe helps to explain a little of the spiral that I'm going through right now.
The last few days (okay, two weeks) have been hard. After a very successful week or two when I was hitting my calorie goals consistently, I started slipping. (I was sick, out at a conference, out of my routine, etc.) And then somewhere in there, I started beating up on myself. Like, "Hey, you shouldn't eat those cookies. Why are you so weak? Why can't you say no to those cookies?" And really, who wants to listen to that?
So today, my mini-goal is to catch myself before the negative self-talk gets out of control, and respond to it with some positive self talk. So I didn't hit my calorie goals yesterday? That's true, but I'm also getting stronger, more muscular. I ran five miles and did that boot camp class without sweating and did 20 pushups during yoga this week, none of which I would have been able to do a year ago. I'm re-imagining meals, choosing a greek salad for dinner or half a bagel (instead of a whole one) without feeling like I was depriving myself of anything.
I've always known that if you're nice to people, you can get them to do what you want :) I never realized that that might apply to myself as well.