This morning when I stood on the scale, I saw numbers in a sequence I had never seen before! And it didn’t make me happy. I would have posted a photo- but I couldn’t find one with my number on it!!
Maybe you have made a similar discovery recently!
You may have asked yourself, ‘How did this happen?’ I certainly did.
Small seemingly insignificant choices become habits
And then I started thinking about all of the small choices that I have been making lately that have now become habits:
- Not having a good-sized salad for one of my meals each day.
- Adding cheese to my food because it’s in the refrigerator- of course, I’m the one who bought it! (not LOL!)
- Not rowing and using weights in addition to walking.
- More sitting at my desk instead of being out and about.
- Not walking around when I’m on the phone.
- Not getting 10,000 clicks a day.
- Not going to bed early enough to let my hormones get re-calibrated.
- Watching one more episode of whatever we are binge-watching!
- Not dealing appropriately with stress.
- Stuffing my emotions about challenging situations rather than talking it out with someone.
- Neglecting my spiritual disciplines.
Of course, there are more…but these are enough for now. Some of these don’t seem so bad, but added together they have spelled disaster- for me.
Your list would undoubtedly include different actions.
Bottom-line, poor food choices and poor lifestyle choices have added up to extra inches and pounds.
Reviewing my motivations
Actually, I had to get real about the necessity of why I need to make different choices. It is one of the questions I ask of my new clients. ‘What is motivating you to even consider some lifestyle changes right now?’
I will share three that immediately came to mind.
I have a wonderful husband who is a major motivation. We have some dreams for travel. We have watched friends have to change their lifestyle and/or set aside their travel plans because of poor health. ‘Waist management’ is one of the most controllable factors to avoid poor health. Ed and I are committed to a healthy lifestyle, but it takes vigilance to maintain it. We’ve gotten a little casual about it lately.
I have 6, soon to be 7, grandchildren, who are also a major motivation. After we married off our oldest son, I had an aha moment when climbing on the boulders at Joshua Tree National Park. Grandchildren would be the next phase. On the spot I made a commitment that I would be a nana who would be active with my grandchildren, one who was not confined to taking pictures at the bottom of the rocks and hills, but one who would be physically and mentally able to climb the rocks and hills with them. I’ve got to stay in top physical and mental condition to be able to do that.
A third motivation has been long-standing. I believe that my body is a temple of the Holy Spirit and that I have a responsibility to maintain myself physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually in the best shape possible. For me, it is both a point of personal obedience and a testimony to others. This is not an easy decision to maintain, but one I believe I am called to make.
The motivation is there in writing…the plan is formulated in my head and is being written down. I’m excited for what is going to happen…I’ll keep you posted…
What about you? Are you finding that you are in need of a mid-February course correction? Need an accountability partner or a coach to help you stay on track?
Let’s get better together!