Appreciating the Journey

Learning lessons every single day…this is what this week brought me. I posted this whine on my FB page yesterday:

Ugh. So far, the eat smaller portions, less bread and drink lots of water isn’t working. Time to start tracking my food to see what my missteps may be. I’m going to use the myfitnesspal app and see how that works. Thank you so much for your support!!! The accountability of sharing this journey with so many people is awesome.

I was stuck in my usual thought pattern of “Crap! This isn’t working.” I’ve only lost 3 pounds and darn it, I don’t want to “diet.” Sure, there has been a setback in my exercise routine, though shouldn’t the reduced food be enough? As I spent yesterday morning feeling sorry for myself that I “just can’t lose weight,” I got this wonderful little note from one of my FB pals who’s been supportive of my journey and who makes me laugh when she posts about her own fitness challenges.

Think of all the basic things we were taught to do. They have become habit. We don’t brush our teeth “because” they might fall out. We don’t put on pants “because” it would be inappropriate. We don’t wipe our butts “because” it’s sanitary. WE JUST DO. We do them every day. Without thinking of the reasons why. This is what your healthy new habits have (or should) become. Non thinkers. New habits. You ARE healthier. It may not translate to weight loss, but you have been dealt a HUGE setback in not working out. Keep doing the right things, because it’s the right thing to do. Not because there is some payoff. Because then you’re always waiting for the payoff and when it doesn’t come, you’re disappointed. I am not losing weight, but I AM HEALTHIER.

It was exactly what I needed to hear. I will not go back to my typical “this is too hard, I’m giving up” mentality. The path to better health might not always be smooth, though with support like this, it’s a lot more manageable.

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