This is a very personal blog that started in my journal. Now I'm sharing some of my thoughts tonight with others who may need encouragement. Help yourself to anything you find useful. You're welcome.
Tonight I need encouragement. I usually browse until I find something that speaks to me.
I start each day full of optimism. When I'm on a roll and moving in an awesome direction, I feel great at the end of the day. It doesn't have to be perfect. It just needs to move me in the right direction to reach my goals.
Then there are other days when I'm not so kind to myself. My feelings (unreliable as they are) may tell me I could have done better. I feel discouraged when my Nutrition Tracker shows I'm over on calories AGAIN.
How can I fly through the day, doing so well, and then do stupid things? Morning, fine. Afternoon, fine. Evening, it starts to unravel. The total calories are too high. Why did I ignore feelings of fullness? Why did I munch after supper? Staying up too late can lead to snacking. Being tired or thirsty can lead to snacking. Other negative emotions contribute to unplanned snacking. It is important to evaluate WHY I want to snack.
Then I get down on myself for not exercising more self-control. Discouragement sometimes bring tears. That little voice in my head may make me feel hopeless. This is a lie. I have all the self-control I need. There is always that 2-second window when I make a decision to eat or not to eat. I eat because I WANT to eat. I just don't want the consequences of my choice!
I want to live the best life I can for this period of my life.
I have been thinking about this lately. I am not howling for the moon or asking the impossible. I just want to be the best version of myself.
What does that look like? Healthy. All the other things I want to do depend on this body to do them.
A sweet friend said she is finding it difficult to stay with a healthy regimen with everything that is going on in 2020. Many of us feel the same way.
During the most difficult times we need to be our healthiest so we can cope.
Can we send a little extra encouragement to each other today?