Be watchful and ready
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I've discovered that a great way for me to unravel more of my tangled psyche is to respond to other people's blogs. I try to keep my responses short but there's always something personal for me to work on after I've posted.
Last Saturday's weigh-in gave me another pound lost! For some reason, it didn't show up on my Friend Feed so I wasn't able to look forward to the fun responses that come throughout the day. I was surprised at how that made me feel; I seemed to lose the spark for a couple of days. Oh, I still did all the right things but it seemed like I was just going through the motions without any sense of purpose. I did manage to overcome that; hard exercise and nice weather eventually perked me up.
A couple of days ago, I responded to a blog from someone who questioned why we frequently lose weight only to gain it back. I've certainly done that enough times throughout my life! For me, the losing weight part is easy; it's keeping it off that I haven't yet figured out. What I realized after I thought about my response to the blog is how much I love the attention that comes with losing weight. But it doesn't last; eventually the extra attention stops and what's left is the other parts of life that didn't really change all that much. Since I'm on a "for life" journey, I need to consider the attention I seem to crave as another temptation along the way. It really embarrasses me to have to admit that but it's good that I've recognized it so early on this time and can use this new-found knowledge to my advantage.
More and more these days, I'm recognizing the important of the word "vigilant." I've already considered patience and the need to accept delays without getting upset ("Need for Speed" blog) but now I can add the need to keep watch for those unexpected (and not immediately understood) difficulties that will come up in order to not lose momentum when new challenges come my way.
Here's part of the end of my blog response: "Every time I've travelled this path, there has been something new to help me along. This time it's Spark People and everything it offers me. My SparkFriends are an enormous help to me, sometimes just in reminding me that I'm not alone in my challenges.
I'm convinced that because of SparkPeople and SparkFriends, we're going to find the answers!! "