I watched my SparkCoach Lesson today and it was called "A Phone Call to my Past."
I decided to blog about my experience with this particular lesson. While I was listening to the lesson I was asked a series of questions. It really got me to thinking if I could call my past self and talk to them what would I say? A lot of things crossed my mind of what I might say, but after finishing today's lesson, I really thought hard about it.
What would I say to my past self 10 years ago? I would tell my past self that small steps, not matter how small kept you moving forward. I would also tell myself that perfectionism doesn't work with my goals. I would say that everyone makes mistakes and can learn from them if only they look for the lesson. I would also tell myself to quit preparing and procrastinating and start doing.
When I look back on the past, I spent more time planning on losing weight. This consisted of finding goal sheets to copy and fill out, studying about different diets that might work for me, and the list goes on and on. It was really a way to procrastinate. I also thought one mistake was a reason to either quit or do some more planning.
The main thing I would tell myself is this is a lifestyle not a diet. You are doing this to be healthier, not to watch every morsel you put in your mouth . You're human and humans make mistakes. Learn from them and move on. You don't need to start over, just continue where you left off.
If I wouldn't have quit or started over (which meant more planning and procrastination) I would have probably reached my goal by now. I would have felt good about what I had done. Instead I am sitting here wishing that I would have just started and kept going, learning along the way.
Living healthy doesn't mean you have to be perfect, it doesn't mean you can't learn from your mistakes and it definitely doesn't mean you have to pre-plan everything. Just move forward, Take those steps, no matter how small they are. Just go! Don't stop. If you take two steps back, then just take three steps forward. Get rid of the perfectionism, the mindset you have to start over every time you slip and fall. As the Nike slogan says, "Just do it".
If I wouldn't have started over or given up until a later date, my life would be a lot different right now. Now I have that lesson that I have learned from and move forward. No matter how small of a step I take each day, it is still moving me forward and that is what counts!
What would you say to the person you were 10 years ago?