Good morning, and Happy New Year!
A few years back a friend gave me a book of daily quotations that were meant to inspire the reader. I used that book as my inspiration to conduct a 365 project of blog posts over at www.bobby-c-blog.com. The discipline of having a daily goal to write and post my thoughts was a great way to improve my writing, and my thinking. As 2017 dawns, I am taking up a new project 365 here at Bobby-c-Health.
A friend and fellow blogger found a book of daily Weight Watchers meditations on Amazon. I searched and found one called Weight Watchers Success Every Day. 365 Meditations for Your Weight Loss Journey. For a few dollars (most spent on shipping), I bought the book. Each day there is a quotation, a few paragraphs written by the authors, then a Tip for the Day. Shamelessly, I am going to use a similar formula for my 365 project. I plan to use their suggested quotes (at least most of the time), as my writing prompt. I will give thoughts from my experiences, both past and present, and then end with either a tip for the day, or a personal challenge.
The title of this post is the quote for today. As Jackie Gleason used to say “and away we go…”
January 1 – “It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.” –James Gordon, M.D.
In the years leading up to March 1, 2014, I was mostly lost when it came to my weight and health. I had tried a few times to lose weight. Once I even lost a substantial amount. Each time I gained it back, and added to my top number. The truth was, I wasn’t ready for a significant change in my life. I was seeking a “diet” or a “quick fix”. One thing I have struggled to understand in the nearly three years since that morning is what was different for me that time? As I write this year I will explore that, and share with you my thoughts. Right now the truth is that I am not entirely sure.
On June 10th of 2016, I weighed 216.4 pounds. Since then my weight has been on the rise. I don’t actually know what I weigh today, because I haven’t had the courage to climb on the scale for my post-Holidays ugh fest (more on that tomorrow). I do know that I will likely be more than 20 pounds up from that day. Another thing I will be exploring in my writing is why that happened. Since then, as you can see by looking back at previous posts, I have tried a couple of times to do better, to stem the tide and turn things back in the right direction. Each have had only sputtering success.
Today I feel ready for a change. I want to get back to the mojo I had in 2014, 2015, and the first half of 2016. I want to get back to daily walking and tracking my miles. I want to get back to accurately tracking and measuring my food. In short, I want to get my crap together.
But here is the catch, and why this quote rings so true. I don’t know if I am really ready to change. I don’t know if my heart and soul are in it, or if it is just a mental exercise. If it is the former, I will get back on the track I desire. If it is the latter, then this 365 project will sputter, as did so many other efforts.
The doctor quoted above suggests that awareness to our habits is the first step to understanding our drivers and motivations. So, that is where I will start. Today we are having friends and family over to celebrate the Holiday. There will be plenty of food and drink to indulge the senses. I plan to have an enjoyable time, but I also plan to be intentional. I am going to work to be conscious of what I am consuming, and my thoughts and feelings as I take each bite. By doing so, I will come to understand better where my head and heart are for this journey.
Bobby-C’s tip of the day… Be kind to yourself. There is nothing to be gained by beating yourself up for your past decisions. Focusing on past failures and missteps will not make the future better. Instead, focus on today and making the best decisions you can, all things considered.