Monday, September 9, 2013
Not All Progress Is Linear
With that bit of light, I was able to pre-tackle some of the other behaviors that have helped keep the mountains so high and tough to climb - I prepared my work clothes for the week. With this weight gain, my options are pretty darned limited and getting dressed and looking nice was becoming a real issue. And I firmly believe that "pretty is as pretty does" - meaning if I care about my appearance, then, well, I care about my appearance - that it is an act of self-love to dress myself in as pleasing a way as possible (which comes naturally, when I'm feeling on top of my game) is just one of the small, but important things to regain my footing.
I've also found a new meditation group. It had been a long, long time since I'd attended a group session and I'd all but quit even trying to meditate. The group I'd attended previously met on a Sunday morning and that just didn't seem to work with my schedule these day, so when I found a group that meets on Thursday evening, I couldn't get there fast enough. That has been a help.
It's amazing to me how quickly I forget what all it takes for me to carry balance in my life - and my weight is a reflection of how I'm doing - it's just a pleasant outcome when I'm doing it the other things right. I've often said to get my mind right and my body will follow, but I seem to be the first one to forget that. If I focus only on the scale - on that outcome - then perfectionism and it's companion - craziness, will soon follow.
So - what have I done for me lately? I organized and ironed my work clothes for the week. I organized and prepared my work-out clothes for the week. I've prepared a big-ass-chopped salad for lunch and will prepare my eggs for breakfast. I've packed a pair of walking shoes to take and leave at the office and I'll take my "cute" shoes in my bag and wear a pair of tennis shoes and walk from the back 40 to the office instead of taking the shuttle. I'm getting ready to leave for the gym this morning and I've pre-prepared tonight's dinner. So I've given myself as good a head start as I can in making decisions when they are easy.
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Find the bright spots to light your path.