Starts and Stops
Monday, January 06, 2014
I copied and pasted this from another blog I responded to because I would love to hear other people's take on this.
I've been thinking about this for awhile. I wonder if it's not coming from a negative place to say that we are in our third attempt with Sparkpeople or that we have started x amount of times. Maybe the truth is that becoming a healthier me might include ups and downs, starts and stops, etc. Every time my motivation wanes, I can use that episode to discover more about what drives me. I can ask questions such as ........What happened that lead to me not pursuing a healthy life? What part of my healthy lifestyle did I let go which lead to me throwing in the towel and resuming my previously unhealthy way of being? Did I stop journaling? If so, that might tell me that journaling is essential to keeping me on track. Did I stop tracking because I'm so busy? If so, I need to look at my life and reserve the time to track. Did I sleep in instead of working out? If so, what do I need to do to build that habit again.
I think that if we accept that these starts and stops are part of the journey, we are less likely to beat ourselves up emotionally and we see this as one long process.