Assignment: Falling Victim To An "All Or Nothing" Attitude
Thursday, September 06, 2018
The question is asking me when was the last time I fell victim to an "All or Nothing" attitude about food or fitness and whether or not the choice was rational or helpful like it seemed in the moment? How can I make a different choice next time?
For me this goes back 21 years after I finished chemotherapy. About 3 months after chemotherapy I began having severe pain in my lower legs, feet and hands. Then I was told that there was nothing that could be done for neuropathy pain. I kept myself bedridden I only got up to use the bathroom for about 5 years. I had a stroke and I was told I needed to eat a healthy diet and exercise or I would be back with possibly a major stroke and/or die. This is the catalyst that got me out of bed and fighting through the pain. I did develop the "all of nothing" attitude saying to myself who am I kidding I can barely walk around the house. I gave up and started lying in bed again. This decision was a poor one to make and I laid down for a week. It took me a week to realize that my legs and feet were hurting worse finally realizing that wow, even though it hurt like hell to walk around the house, it was hurting me a lot more keeping myself confined to bed. So I got up and walked just around the house this different decision back then to get up and fight through the pain has led me to now walking outdoor nature trails and an average of 4 miles a day!