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Off to a Great Start

on January 2, 2013

It’s only January 2nd, but I am already having a great year.  My spirit is infused with an amazing optimism and enthusiasm.  Now that I was down and dispirited before, but there’s just something special about right now.

I was reminded of an 12 Step credo to live one day at a time.  This is so helpful when dealing with all of the normal, and not so normal, every day craziness of life.  No matter how calm, laid back, or even-keeled you might be, someday, some time, something’s going to happen that throws you off.  There have been times when I felt absolutely overwhelmed to the point that even thinking about needing to cope felt nearly impossible.  when that happened, remembering that I only had to deal one day at a time was a lifesaver.  I could tell myself that, just for today I needed to do x, y, or z.

I got into a mindset a while ago when I was really tired of my food plan.  I knew that I didn’t want to stop losing weight and switch to maintenance yet, but I had trouble getting over the tiredness, the boredom, the inner brat that didn’t want to do it any more, and so on.   While I don’t exactly know yet what to name as a goal weight, I know I’m not there yet.  I have a way to go so continuing to lose matters.  I geared myself up to be really rigorous about my food plan as soon as I got home from my holiday travels.  I was super-psyched to get home and see that I had successfully maintained my weight through the holiday eating.  I stuck to my commitment and have since lost three pounds!

I sort of have a number in mind for what I’d like to weigh when I go to Hawaii next month, but I’m not obsessing over it.  Instead, I wake up each morning and remind myself that I need to be rigorous about my food plan just for today.  Tomorrow isn’t under consideration.  Just today.   I can string together a whole bunch of great days — one day at a time.  Doing so keeps me on a steady, successful journey.

Got anything you’re obsessing about, worried over, freaking out about and wondering how you’ll handle it in the long run?  Try breaking it down to today.  What can you do today to address the situation?  What can you do differently, perhaps, that will make you feel better today.  You don’t need to worry how long we can keep it up, or if we can continue.  We only have to promise it to ourselves just for today.

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3 responses to “Off to a Great Start

  1. Hope says:

    Great advice, and applicable in so many situations!

  2. Mary Stella says:

    Skye, there are small, effective blenders/smoothie makers in many grocery stores and KMarts, etc for $15 to $20. I had a bullet too but used it so much I ended up sort of blowing it up. 🙂

    The move decision is tough. You’re very practical, so I’m sure you have pros and cons for either choice. Do you know where your heart feels it will be most happy and will feel the most at home?

    Good luck!

  3. Skye says:

    Well, I’m not obsessing about my weight, but I am concerned about trying to eat a healthier diet. I don’t have much more room in my kitchen for gadgets, but I might get either a blender or a bullet for making smoothies, to help get fruits and veggies into my diet. And cooking.

    The thing that is making me most crazy is trying to figure out whether or not to move back to Seattle or stay in Houston. I’m not sure how to approach that on a day to day thing. Maybe my therapist will have some ideas on Monday.

    I think it’s terrific how you have renewed your energy and commitment to your food plan and losing weight. Good for you!

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