Zooming in on the big picture

Monday, October 22, 2012

My super-fit brother asks me every so often "what is your goal?" I rarely have an answer.

Big goals are too big to wrap my head around. Small goals aren't important enough.

My big-picture motivation is my son. I am madly in love with my little 5-year old, and I want to be around a long time to see everything he will do and become. It's just hard for me to think that far ahead. Even if I die at 70, I'll still have almost 40 years with him!

But on the last day of those 40 years, I don't want to look back and think I could have had more if I had just made healthy food choices...

So if not a day 40 years from now, what about this day - Would I trade this day?

Do I want two slices of pizza for lunch, or to spend a couple of hours with him at the end of the school/work day, talking, playing and reading stories?

And tomorrow, I could have a Pumpkin Spice Latte with whole milk and a bacon breakfast sandwich from Starbucks or hear him sing a song they are learning in music class.

There isn't a food in the world worth having fewer years with my son. That doesn't mean I'll never have a cookie again. But if I was just eating one cookie, I wouldn't be in this mess! I'll never eat a dozen cookies in a sitting again. Because no matter what way I look at the picture, my goal is clear.
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    Like you, I feel like the big picture is far too overwhelming. I had a goal to lose enough weight to be obese and not morbidly obese according to my BMI. Now I want to be overweight. That's still so far down the line that I'm trying to focus on losing 8 lbs to go from the 190s to the 180s. I drifted for a few weeks after I lost the initial weight I planned to lose (from morbidly to plain obese) and realized I needed something short term to work for.
    The good habits you develop as you work towards good health will rub off on your son. My ten year old grandson now eats hummus yet he swears he doesn't eat beans (don't tell!). Best wishes to you and keep moving forward.
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