Saturday, April 05, 2014
I discovered that, at least for me, the biggest obstacle along this healthy lifestyle journey has always been me and the expectations that "this time will be different." The thing is, what has to be different is my mindset towards this journey and over the past 10 months I can honestly say that I have a much healthier attitude about myself and my lifestyle.
How many times do we make "plans" and then find that we didn't leave ourselves a "margin for error"? Then what often happens is we just give up and wander off the healthy lifestyle path altogether.
"We make plans and God laughs"....it's a great saying because everyday we get up with some sort of "plan" to do this or that and then all of sudden LIFE gets in the way.
A couple of weeks ago I had a great week of exercising...even received a Gold Medal for reaching over 60,000 steps. Then I woke up with a sore ankle and I have been dealing with that ever since. I am back at working out but now I realize that over-use injuries do occur and sometimes "less is more" in the long-term.
Taking each day as an opportunity to do something positive for myself and others is how I am choosing to look at life these days. Losing weight is definitely a goal but it isn't the end goal anymore. If all I wanted out of this was a number on a scale or a size on a pair of jeans, I would see myself as a failure. I am not now, nor will I ever be, a failure!!!!
I may or may not reach the weight that I set as my goal when I started SP. However, I have learned so much about myself through this journey. I have come to recognize that my weight issues pale in comparison with the struggles that some members have encountered and their stories have inspired me to not take my health for granted but to work on improving it daily.
For all of those who are struggling with the maintaining those "plans" they set out for themselves, I want to encourage you to allow yourself a "margin for error"....be flexible, adjust and readjust your plan, have a meeting with yourself to tell yourself all the great things you have accomplished.
As SP says "I am an experiment of one"!