Motivational Speaker Taking Back Her Health
Yep, still on that journey to reframe my perspective on health. You thought I would have quit by now? Thought motivational speakers were all talk and no action? Me too. But I was serious. Once I make a decision to change an area of my life, I'm usually pretty determined. And it hasn't taken me long to see food in a different light and rethink the way I move. It didn't take long to trade bad habits for good habits. And it also didn't take long for the enthusiasm to wane. I'm always on fire at the beginning of the project, and then after the dust settles I'm all fizzle. But I want this bad enough, so I'm motivated – or rather, I'm choosing to motivate myself through the fizzle. There's a difference. One kind of motivation comes from seeking something outside yourself to keep you going – the other kind of motivation looks within and makes the choice to keep going even on the days you don't want to.
Don't Take Your Eye Off The Ball
There's a danger once the new path becomes comfortable and you settle into a routine. And it's the danger of taking your eye off the ball – of turning your focus. Of thinking, "Oh, what's one little cheese ball?"
Danger Will Robinson! Put DOWN The Cheese Ball!
It's like that whole boiling frog analogy – the one that says put a frog in boiling water and he will scream and jump out. But put him in comfortable water and turn it up slowly degree by degree and he will boil to death and never even try to get out of the water.
Okay, so maybe it's a tad bit dramatic. But true all the same. It's not the big bad decision that gets you (well, not always) but the tiny little ones that add up – the small bad choices that don't seem like anything – that you don't even notice – that you don't even feel – until you're dead.
So it starts with one workout cut short. A decision to skip this aerobics class because you've been doing so well you deserve a break. The choice to drink two glasses of wine instead of one – who's counting? The extra handful of cheese on the salad.
It's Not Excess That Gets Me – It's Moderation
I'm figuring out how I'm wired – and that I am an "all or nothing" kind of person. Tell me I can't have any sugar and I won't. But tell me I can have sugar as long as it's in moderation, and I will convince you that a Snickers eaten quickly counts.
So if you're like me, and you are also on a journey to a healthier ever after – or any kind of happier ever after – and you are at that place where the routine has settled in, perhaps these words will help you stay on task:
Do Not TakeYour Eye Off The Ball – It Might Cost You The Game