Monday, October 01, 2007
Be not afraid of going slowly; be afraid only of standing still.
- Chinese Proverb
Do you ever get frustrated because things are moving too slowly in your life? Many people don't realize that building a foundation for success does not happen overnight. It is a slow process in which you are constantly working and learning. After all, that foundation must remain strong, even in times of failure or crisis. This takes time! You may have to remind yourself that "failing" is only failure if you quit; otherwise it's a learning opportunity. So don't worry if your life seems to be moving in slow motion. Concentrate on building a solid foundation and learning from your back steps.
This was today's quote of the day message from Spark People. I found it incredibly appropriate given my struggles for the past month + with my weightloss efforts.
On one hand, I am enthusiastically applauding myself for only a 2.3 (or slightly higher when we get to this week's weigh in) pound gain over the past 5 weeks or so of being 'off program'.
On the other hand, seeing how long I let myself stop making my healthy lifestyle a priority is a little frustrating.
But, I learn more every time, and I think that is a HUGE success. Before, 5 weeks of not counting points and/or tracking calories etc on Spark People would have ment at least a 1-2lb gain *per week*.
While I steadily gained weight during this 'off period', I gained VERY slowly. When I ask myself why, I realize that while I may have not been counting, I didn't revert (too much) to old awful eating habits. Yes, I had McDonalds a few times. Yes, I was ordering too many Lattes from Starbucks. Yes I ate really crappy chinese food and ordered a big meal from Ihop and Denny's.... but ... it was balanced (in a way) because I didn't STOP eating healthy all day long at work. I still got my 8 glasses of water in most of the time, and once physically recovered from my car accident (for the most part) and once I had my vehicle back to tote extra stuff to/from work, I began doing yoga 5 days a week at my lunch hour again.
So, no... I haven't been perfect, and the scale shows it. But every time I get 'off' my diligent program, I find the weight coming back on more and more slowly.... and I know that is a result of my lifestyle *change*. I'm always going to have periods where I don't eat like I would 'prefer' to be on program, but what matters most is that more and more 'changes' are sticking and becoming permanent. And as time goes on, I become more and more armed for these periods where life takes me for a bit of a ride.
And that is pretty darn kick-ass! :)