SP: it's not about getting back on the horse, it's about realizing I'm ALWAYS on the horse.
Monday, December 20, 2010
I can't believe this is me: thinner and better yet, fitter than I've been in years, during the holidays! I know that there will be (and have been) "big" nights during winter break - this Wednesday with friends, Christmas dinner with friends, friends over on the 29th for dinner, New Year's Eve. The thing with SP that really makes it a lifestyle is that, while I do take it day to day, I realize that it's cumulative. In other words, the Shred video I do today helps balance the big (but not obscene) dinner I had on Friday AND the big dinner I'll probably have on Christmas day. You know? And that continuity, that concept of calories in, calories out *over time*, along with the metabolism-raising and joy-inducing exercise, is both motivating during the quiet times and keeps me from feeling like I can never have fun again. I can enjoy the food and wine (though again, with enough consciousness that I don't feel painfully overstuffed) on those special nights and still be on course, still be here in my thin, fit body.
The horse metaphor - for me, most things are horse metaphors: my trainer reminds us to "whoa, whoa, let go." In other words, we can't just hang on the reins, dragging on the horse constantly, or he'll stop responding, either just not listening or being tense and miserable, and we can't throw away the reins and let him zip around out of control. We have to be relaxed with him and when he starts to get a little too speedy, not "collected" enough, we give him a "half halt" to rebalance, a gentle but firm whoaaaa - but then we relax with him again while he's doing what we ask. The point is to maintain a nice, steady pace, sometimes a little more controlled and collected, sometimes a little more stretched out and free, but OVERALL staying in that lovely, constant contact, a rhythm that to a rider is bliss.
If you're still here with me, this is what it's about for me - the truth is, we're always on this ride. We might be careening around out of control or we might be hanging on with white knuckles trying not to get bucked off, but we're on. SP has helped me learn to give a little, take a little, RELAX, and enjoy the ride.