Weight Loss Journey 2: The Power of Today

runners-373099_1920As I reflect on my life and the struggles I have had to maintain my weight and prioritize my health one thing has become abundantly clear to me:
I WILL ALWAYS HAVE TO MAKE MY HEALTH A PRIORITY
There will never be one magic day that I reach the weight I want and never have to worry about it again.  This culture is full of options—healthy options and less healthy options:  strawberry cheesecake versus salad, taking a walk versus taking a nap.  Every day I have to make a conscious choice to eat the healthier food and make the healthier choice.
Some days that is easier than others.  Some days I can think clearly about the way I want to look and feel and make choices that are consistent with that.  Some days I crave sugar and fat and tell myself I “deserve” it because it’s been a tough day.  In the grand scheme of things, a treat here and there doesn’t make a difference as long as the majority of your habits are healthy.  But some days the healthier choice is not the most attractive one.
In my work, I am constantly telling people to take things “just one day at a time”.  That makes life appear more manageable—I don’t have to figure it all out, I just have to figure out today.  On the days when “being healthy” just feels too hard, I try to shift my focus to think about food and exercise in the context of just today:
  • Today, I will make healthy choices about what I put into my body.
  • Today, I will make a conscious effort to be active and exercise.
  • Today, I will avoid habits that are destructive to my body, mind, and soul.
There will never be a magical day when I get everything right.  It’s just not reasonable to expect myself to be perfect and truthfully, sometimes it feels like too much pressure.  
My weight has stabilized again—I could say plateaued but I don’t know that that’s accurate since I was putting less energy toward actually losing weight.  I want to lose the weight but in order to do that I have to take consistent daily action toward that goal.  Wishing it away doesn’t work.  Praying it away doesn’t work.  Dreaming it away doesn’t work.  If all those methods were effective I believe there would be a lot of thinner people in the world!
No, it takes hard work, consistent activity, and regular habits. 
For today, I will make a decision to be good to my body, and soon all of my todays will add up to success!

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Inquiring minds want to know: What is all this business about Weight Loss Journey 1 and Weight Loss Journey 2?

Weight Loss Journey 1: I lost 75 pounds from 2009-2011; I’m reposting the blog posts I wrote on Sparkpeople during that time

Weight Loss Journey 2: I have gained back the majority of the weight I lost and have been on a quest since July 2015 to lose the weight again.

Sorry about the timing of the posts, I know that’s probably confusing. But they are only appearing at the same time because I didn’t start my blog earlier. It may be helpful to read the posts by category if you want to catch up. Enjoy!

About bridget

I was born and raised in upstate New York, where my parents still live, before escaping the cold weather to settle in North Carolina in 2008.
I am a Gemini, a middle child, a dreamer, a lover, an optimist, and a Social Worker. I have a cheesy sense of humor, a belief that all people are basically good, and a desire to improve the world around me.
I live in NC with my husband and our dog.

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