Still Under Tall (Blah days)
Monday, October 05, 2015
I've been reading various wall posts from my team members and we're into week two of the 5% Fall Challenge. I'm seeing a trend that I'm all too familiar with and that's because I've been down this road so many times over the years.
Gosh, sounds like we are not our usual selves this time around for the Fall Challenge. We've been having munchy days, lazy days, sick days, tired days and all this along with the daily stresses we all have. Feels a bit overwhelming, doesn't it? One of my teammates said she was going to stick with it even though she didn't feel like it. Know what? (And I think this is especially true of those of us on our 3rd challenge...or more). This is the real testing time for us; the time that's going to help us determine whether or not we have what it takes to get and stay healthy. The "bloom is off the rose" so to speak, and we're having days when we just don't want to "toe the line". In other words, life is interfering and we want to let it.
It's at this point that we don't want to continue what we've been so successful at because it still feels like work. Yep, it's work and that's not gonna change. It's always going to be work. Losing weight is HARD, I'm afraid to think of what comes when I reach my goal! I really believe this is why every other attempt to attain a healthy weight has failed for me. Plus, the holidays are coming and it's so tempting to just give in. Since I haven't been at an optimal weight for so many years I just assume that maintaining optimal weight is easy. If I paid more attention to my normal-weighted friends I'd know that is just rubbish. They work at maintaining and I think that's what I'm afraid of. I'm afraid of failing maintenance. One more thing to fail at...which is just stupid because obviously I'd be a success at losing the excess weight in the first place. Why do we do that to ourselves? Take credit for a job well done! Even if that means one day at a time, take credit for every success, small or large.
I love the attitude of my teammates because although they have struggles, they refuse to give in. They acknowledge their feelings, they share their feelings, and they move forward. It's such a healthy attitude! We all have days when we do what we have to do only because we have to do it: work, housework, cooking, laundry, playing chauffeur, exercising, tracking our food, drinking enough water...and the list goes on. BUT, we are Champions of our lives...we persevere and we succeed. With each Challenge we learn and form new habits and those habits take us through the tough times.
We are NOT perfect and we are never going to BE perfect. Our bodies are not perfect and will never BE perfect in our eyes even when we reach our optimal goal weight. If we continue the negative behaviors we dislike about ourselves, we are doomed to the same results. I don't remember who said this, but it's so true: "If you do what you've always done you get what you've always gotten!" Kind of like the definition of insanity: continuing to do the same things you've always done and expecting different results. Who does that??? (Well, most of us at least twice.)
So, I would like to thank all my wonderful teammates on the Champions in the Kitchen team because they support, they share, they inspire, they motivate! I love them all and appreciate them all so much. And now I'm going to relax with a cup of tea and a new library book!