OK first of all...I rarely blog. So for me post something, it shows it is something that has been on my mind.
At one time, I had lost 100 lbs and have gained about 20 back. I have still maintained the 80 pound weight loss for about 10 years but have been struggling with the +/- 20 pounds. And how to beat it.
Lately I have been feeling discouraged my inability (or lack of motivation) to maintain all aspects of a healthy lifestyle. I need to accept the situation and learn what I can do next time (which may be in 5 minutes from now) when I fall off the wagon.
How do I lessen the blow of my deviations to my plan.
I saw this in a magazine and it really got me thinking about our chooses we make.
Adversity – Friend or Foe?
I will start with a story.
A daughter is complaining to her mother about how miserable her
life is, nothing ever went her way and she was tired of struggling
Her mother responded by pulling 3 pots out and placing them on
the stove. She placed carrots in the first one, eggs in the second
and tea bags in the third.
After time, which the daughter impatiently waited through, the
mother inspected the ingredients in each pot.
~The carrots had turned mushy and fell apart.
~The eggs became hard.
~The tea bags had diffused throughout the water, turning it into a refreshing
When adversity shows up, and it does like hot water, how do you
want to respond? Do you want to fall apart like the carrots? Turn
hard like the egg? Or allow the adversity to positively impact
those around you?
I do consider myself an expert at adversity and believe that at times I have been the carrot, the egg and too few times the teabag..
I have told some of you before...I am an "all or nothing person" When I am focused, I do great at losing weight( I am the egg)...when I am off...I have no control (I become the carrot). I need to learn how to "become the tea"
I try Remembering that 80% of 100 is better than 100% of zero. Even if my efforts are not carried out exactly as planned, I need to continue to strive towards my goals. (that is easier typed than done) Yep I know that some obstacles are beyond my control (like the 100 degree weather that is keeping me form walking and turning me into a couch potato). But why can't I find the happy in-between place?
This is my struggle...and I have yet to find the answer.