"The Road Less Traveled"
Thursday, November 19, 2009
“Things could be worse. Suppose your errors were counted and published every day, like those of a baseball player.” ~Author Unknown
Reference Material…"The Road Less Traveled" ~ Scott Peck
One of the things we all have in common on this Team – we are very much on a path that few people even try to pursue. Don’t count your errors or mine – whether you have met your goals this hour, this day, this week or this month – the truth is…you are bound to do it.
I’m in the business to business sales field and need a PEP TALK every single day! They help me to understand my role in the universe – to overcome resistance and negativity.
But I gave up on most Weight Loss Success stories and all those DIET GURU motivational books, tapes and articles. I couldn’t lose weight… could gain it just fine. The problem for me is “I am my body!” – wish it were true that my personality, sense of humor and good smile was enough -
A conversation with an “in my real life” Goal Achiever last week – gave me a bit of insight – crystallized by Scott in his book. We had to learn to tolerate discomfort, enduring hunger and changing our meal pattern was necessary.
This is also known as: Suffering or the more popular “delayed gratification.” That is the key to success in this weight release effort. Except I couldn’t do that either. As each hour of my day was consumed with the routine of business, traffic, touch tone Hell phone issues, commitments to family, friends, co-workers, customers, vendors and professionals like our CPA – it seemed like NO gratification. I wanted a cookie – now how bad could that be? Wasn’t that a small reward for the daily handling of my duties?
What happened was… stepping on the scale in January of 2005 – this had to be wrong. This number was real suffering. This was truth in black and white. This was the result of many cookies and more than that. There is no kidding about weight management. It is food restriction and increased activity – that is the truth and that is the reality for me.
I needed a PAY-OFF – something to keep me going while “suffering.” Recording post-a-notes from other members – just little snippets of momentary successes. Mostly, focusing on the goal-achievers – how they didn’t mind shopping, buying a bathing suit, getting invited to picnics wearing shorts and the renewed confidence in their appearance. They had coolers in their car with great snacks and water. They kept track of their food intake and work-out time minutes – some even listing exactly how many reps accomplished or steps they walked. In the past I would do that for a week or two – then leave the Road Less Traveled and get back on the Main Freeway along with everyone else.
The consistent logging in of the food intake – the recording of the activity…calories spent? My first attempts were fumbles – food…knew that already – but the “activity” part was a bit more time-consuming – and a new quest. A puzzle. The first month with pages of data…total loss…TWO pounds! But the mind tapped into the game! Each month I was able to lose more than the month before!
I am my body…and staying on the narrow road could be a great trip. We have a map already – one we designed for ourselves – on our Road Less Traveled. ~mlo