Not Your Typical 6 Week Challenge
Sunday, March 04, 2018
April 7. The date I hope shed a walking boot that is presently my BFF, and the date I expect prove to myself we are a product of our own thoughts, decisions and actions. Good or bad. We have the ability to make ourselves miserable by focusing on certain pieces of our life, how we look, what we do, and endless what-if scenarios that stop us from taking risks. We also have the power to make ourselves strong with positive thoughts and through decisions and actions that support those thoughts. We can focus on certain pieces of our life, how we look, what we do, and endless what-if scenarios that help motivate us and keep us working toward goals.
I had great success on SP years ago. For the first time in my life, I was truly optimistic about weight loss and getting strong. Fast forward a few years and that optimism became over inflated. I got lazy, I stopped using SP… The goal of my self-challenge is to avoid becoming the image of the negative ideas and thoughts that have been floating in my head for a many months. The kind of negative thoughts you fixate on and exaggerate in your own mind.
I’m 10 days post-surgery on my left foot and calf. I had the same surgery 4 months ago on the opposite foot and calf and spent 3 months recovering. I stopped working out a week before the first surgery and any discipline I had around my diet slowly unraveled. It didn’t even occur to me that I could still get some exercise. I hardly moved more than a houseplant. I had about 2 weeks where things were sort of normal, and then I went ahead with the second surgery. Going into the first surgery, I had low expectations for myself. I expected weight gain and for my muscles to get mushy. I got exactly what I expected, and it left me in an unhappy place. Embarrassed by my appearance, hating the way my clothes fit, feeling out of shape and focused on the things I couldn’t do, I created a pretty negative situation for myself. I was really struggling with the idea that I had to go through the process a second time and how these issues would compound.
Fortunately for me, a dear SP friend had come back to SP months earlier and had sent several goodies and notes encouraging me to return to SP. Her last note came a few days before my second surgery and was exactly what I needed. Sheer positivity. As I read her note, I remembered how positive and in control I felt when I was using SP. Her words kept running through my head and within a day, I began replacing my thoughts of dread around the recovery process with thoughts about how I could control my diet and ideas for workouts that can be done while seated or on the floor. Each day, my confidence increased. Four days after surgery, I started exercising again and tracking my food. My goal is to exercise 30 minutes each day. Since I’m not moving much the rest of the day, I’m trying to keep my calories on the low end of the recommendation.
My challenge for this 6 weeks is to view this time as an opportunity. An opportunity to emphasize thoughts that make me strong and quickly shut down thoughts that make me miserable. An opportunity to remind myself that my inner narrative drives results. An opportunity to reestablish healthy habits.
There is a second 6 week recovery period once out of the boot, but I’m taking this one step at a time.