When the LTGL, (Living The Good Life), activity for week 8 of the Spring challenge was announced as blogging, my mind immediately went to one of the best blogs I've ever read about the 5%. I immediately sent a message to the author of that blog to request sharing the link. Since I hadn't heard back from her yesterday I wrote about my recovery from ice cream addiction and increasing my fruit intake. I then decided to go on a scavenger hunt through my blogs for reminders of other changes I have made.
I didn't get very far.
My very first blog - This seems like Deja Vu all over again! (12/21/2009)
First day of the rest of your life, starting over, and other cliches that seem to fit the fact that nothing ever seems to work.
LOL I say that after eating that last slice of cheesecake leftover from the office party. I couldn't throw it out! It's not healthy for the dog! What was I supposed to do with it?
I'll do well at lunch! After all, it IS the first lunch of the rest of my life!
Have a great day everyone!
It didn't matter to me that that blog generated 0 comments. What mattered were the facts of the matter I was writing about. Why did I feel like I had to eat the cheesecake? I remember it well. Although I wrote about "the last slice", I failed to mention I actually took 3 slices home after the party and ate 2 before I ate that last slice. Not all at once of course, but within 2 days.
This scavenging was getting interesting.
EXCUSES EXCUSES... but, WHAT'S THE REASON?
Life is busy, and if you're like me, you are tired after working all day and just want to relax. Evenings are filled with family obligations and myriad other responsibilities from hobbies to second jobs. No matter if you love what you do, you're overextended. (self talk going on here).
One day last week I realized I was finding any little excuse to put off the exercise. I recalled counseling people who were involved in extramarital affairs, (both genders), and all the excuses they gave to try to justify what they were doing. I encouraged them to look past the excuses and find the real reason for their infidelity.
My excuses for not exercising were not true. I was being unfaithful to myself because I actually believed those excuses were valid. To find the real reason I had to explore deep inside myself. What I discovered was painful and exhausting. I had to forgive people who had hurt me in the past. This gave me the freedom for self-forgiveness and the knowledge I needed to tell myself the truth. The only reason I didn't exercise was that I DIDN'T WANT TO, (caps added 5/28/2018) because I didn't feel like it
An excuse is an evasion of the truth. A reason is the cause of something. (1/12/2010)
That blog got 7 comments. Actually, it received comments from 6 other people and 1 from myself.
I'm not sure the above learning moments, I ate cheesecake because I wanted to, and I didn't want to exercise so I didn't, have actually brought about change, even after all these years. There are times I still eat what I want even when I know it's going to make me feel ill for days. (Why does anyone in their right mind do that???) There are also times I could exercise but don't because I just don't feel like it. The difference is, I am no longer unfaithful to myself. I am aware of the truth of my actions and I know the consequences. I suppose that is progress.
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