Happy New Year!
I, like almost everyone else in the free world, am planning on watching what I eat and on moving more this year. So congratulations to me! I'm human and just like you. :)
I was thinking yesterday about the Scarlet O'Hara idea of "Tomorrow is another day." and wondered if thinking like that hurts weight loss efforts or helps them. I still haven't made a firm decision, but I do think that there is power in framing things up in "todays" and "tomorrows."
As an example, yesterday I was faced with the option to take the stairs or the elevator to get up to where my cube is. I thought about it, REALLY wanted to take the elevator. My knees hurt. I had just walked up two flights of stairs to get to the entry of the building. Couldn't I just take the elevator this time? But said to myself, "Tomorrow I'll take the elevator. Today I'll walk up the stairs."
I went to a salad place yesterday for lunch but when I walked inside, I saw that the long line rivaled anything you'd find at Disneyland. I quickly swore under my breath, turned around, and walked out the door telling myself I just didn't have that kind of time to wait in a line like that. I got to my car and thought of all of the places that I could stop on the way back to work that would be quicker. None of them were healthy. And if I can't be healthy on the SECOND DAY of the new year, where is my dedication? So I walked back to the restaurant, got in line and waited 38 minutes to get through the line and leave with my salad. Each time I heard the two pretentious ladies who were in line in front of me talking about Kim Kardashian's baby, I reminded myself that this pain was worth it. I told myself, "Today I'm making a healthy choice for lunch. Tomorrow I may choose differently."
What I love about this is that it helps eliminate black-and-white thinking. That I either have to be completely "on" a diet or "off" one; that I need to have everything planned out in advance.
Maybe I'll plan out everything tomorrow. But today, I'm making the best little decisions I can. Each time I'm faced with a choice today, I'm choosing the option that gets me closer to where I want to be tomorrow.
P.S. I've figured out a way around our proxy server at work. Know what that means? I GET TO POST MORE OFTEN AGAIN! :)
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Happy New Year!