Thursday, July 20, 2017
Hey to anyone out there who happened to stumble upon this post! I'm trying to be proactive and complete the steps of the 21 Day New Member Challenge. Normally, I'm not the type to share my stories or opinions very often, but I'm thinking that taking a different approach is definitely worth trying out.
Anyway, I've been on my own personal get-fit journey for a while now. I started working on being more active in the spring when I was at my highest weight of 220 (I actually think I was 222 at one point but my memory is failing me so I'll just stick with what I'm sure of). I was limited at first because I was still working on grad school. It was very stressful and affected my diet and mentally stopped me from exercising like I should have been. Something I've realized is that even though we'd like to be able to do everything at once and do it all perfectly, in reality we are limited by the hours in the day, and any time devoted to one goal is always going to detract from another. If we have too many "priorities" we aren't going to be able to focus on any of them. If you really want to achieve a goal, you need to truly let yourself focus on it.
This may or may not work for the rest of you (after all maybe you are better at multi-taking than me...or just less lazy!) but I saw something interesting on a TV show lately that really resonated with me. I was watching Younger on TV Land -- if you haven't seen it it's a show about a 40 year old woman pretending to be 26 in order to get her career in publishing back-- check it out :). In one episode there is an organizational guru whose book they are looking to publish. In their meeting she asks everyone to take a blank piece of paper and divide it into four equal sections. If you're interested in trying this exercise I recommend following step-by step here. She then instructs them to write down the four things in their life that are most important to them in descending order from most to least important. Have you done it? If not maybe stop here and try. What's important to you? Is it family, career, friends, health, house, car, pets, school, relationships? When they've all finished, she asks them to look at the number four item, and tells them essentially, that this is the reason that they are going to fail. Sounds harsh, and most of us probably don't want to hear it, but I think that there can be a little bit of truth to it. Maybe it's not always four items exaclty, but the larger point is that we should realize the few things that are most important to us, and understand that the more we let less important things pull our focus, the harder it is to focus on what really matters most. For me, my number four was career. I know, work is very important! Believe me, for a very long time I treated it as the most important thing of all, but even before this exercise I was coming to realize that putting all my energy into work was not making me happy or fulfilled, that as long as I had a job to pay the bills, my extra energy was better spent focusing on something else.
Now that I'm done with school I can focus on my current big three, one of which is, unsurprisingly, fitness! I takes a significant time commitment no doubt, but since I know it is important to me I am okay with that! I'm now down 20 lbs since I started and I know that as long as I continue to make fitness a priority I will continue to make progress too.