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Spring 5% Challenge - Day 4

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Hmmm, hmmm, hmmm...boy oh boy, did I just read something that hit home like the perfect swing of a bat connecting just at the right place with a baseball..

About a month ago, I was cruising along. Working out hard, eating well, not eating at night, losing about 2 lbs a week and feeling GREAT both physcially and mentally. I lost some good weight and felt like I was in one of those grooves that I've been in before, but not for a long time. In fact, the last time I was in one of those grooves was about 4 years ago, when I lost about 25 lbs. Funny thing about those grooves though..they seem to come and go without any real explanation as to how they arrived, why they stay, or worse, why they go..

Spark is running a 10 part series called "Mind Over Body" which deals with the connections between eating and emotions and provides multiple strategies for overcoming common problems when trying to develop a healthy lifestyle.. Coach Dean Anderson, who has written many wonderful articles, says in the May 8 installment:

Weight loss does depend on taking in fewer calories than you use up. But figuring out how to do that the right way is incredibly complex. No two bodies burn the same amount of calories doing the exact same activity, and there is no simple way to be certain how many calories you are burning at any given moment. On top of that, many factors affect your metabolism—the quality of your sleep, your mood and feelings, the quality of the foods you eat, the variety of your daily activities, your basic health, and more. The bottom line is that successful weight loss is very much a holistic phenomenon, dependent on harmonious functioning of body, mind, and spirit.

wow, wow, wow.. I KNOW COACH DEAN!!! I HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS FOR YEARS AND YEARS!!!!!! THANK YOU FOR VALIDATING WHAT I HAVE ALWAYS BELIEVED!!!!!

Okie dokie, so does being validated help me to "geting my groove" back?? Maybe, and here's why: along with my believe that success occurs only when the stars are aligned is another belief: that taking baby steps towards health teaches you in small increments how to make your lifestyle healthier without overwhelming you and creating the stress that so often stands in the way of success. I mean, it's a long, hard road from where many of us sit, and if we think about the whole journey as one big journey, how likely are we to be able to process all the stuff that must be done?? Only by taking those baby steps can you help align those aspects of your life to lead to success one at a time, until finally, all the pieces are in place and we are the masters of our universe, having created our own personl roadmap to the land of health.

It is hard work. It feels great when it's all grooving along. But it won't always groove along, and we need to be prepared for the days that don't feel quite so perfect. But how? I have always believed that I think too much on those bad days. That if I have developed good habits, then an occasional slip will take care of itself, that I shouldn't dwell on it. Likewise, I think that sometimes, we can talk about this stuff way too much, that the best way to succeed is to put the plan in place, and then go out and live life and not spend all your waking moments talking about it, thinking about it..

I have done a little coaching in my life, and I have always subscribed to the theory that first you need to teach them HOW TO DO IT, and then, once they know HOW TO DO IT, you need to teach them to not think, to just react. Does that work on the journey to health? It does for me, I am always most successful when I stop thinking and just start doing. So that is my goal on this day..to stop thinking and just start doing, one little thing at a time..

and maybe, just maybe, I'll come to think of this time as the one where, as Terry McMillan so gloriously described, Tina (finally and thankfully!!), "gets her groove back."
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