Wednesday, April 09, 2014
I picked up a paperback at our supermarket that caught my eye, since DH and I have just discovered and enjoyed all four seasons of Downton Abbey this past winter. The title of the book is "While We Were Watching Downton Abbey", by Wendy Wax. It is basically about female friendship and is enjoyable, light reading.
I wasn't too far into the book, when the author characterized the brother of one of the females with the statement "Follow-through was not his forte."
Oh. My. Word. I usually read to relax, and could not necessarily tell you what I have read, and certainly sentences do not usually stay with me. That one stopped me "in my tracks", so to speak.
The author put into words what I actually consider my pet peeve - lack of follow-through. Husband #1 didn't follow-through on his promise to "love, honor, and cherish". When he decided he didn't love, the honor and cherish went out the window as well. Some strained family relationships that I have are because others routinely say they are going to do something, such as visit, such as attend a particular function that DH and I are involved in, etc. and then do not follow through. With the husband #1 situation, of course one would expect 100% follow-through. With the present family relationships, I am now to the point that I would be pleased with a 10% follow-through rate. It is THAT bad.
But enough about pet peeves...
With further thought about follow-through, I realized how important follow-through is to our nutrition/fitness journeys. When I follow-through on healthy habits, my expectations are better met. It is actually better when Ia m quite specific about my goals, but allow myself some latitude when developing them. Some things are non-negotiable, such as water intake, but others will set me up for failure every time if I am not careful. It is best for me to NOT set a goal of walking an hour every day, because I must content with a foot injury that does have a pain flare periodically. It is better to have a goal such as "I will do XX minutes of fitness per week" and that will allow for daily changes in my life, etc, that I can plan for.
What about you? What is your follow-through like?