November - Thanksgiving
December - Christmas
January - New Years and my birthday
February - Valentine's Day
March - Anniversary
But that's life. I know this. You know this. So why does it become an "excuse" to not try as hard? As you know I've been in kind of a rut lately with exercise and especially nutrition. I keep thinking to myself that I need to get this weight off by my class reunion and I don't give much thought to what comes after that. HUGE MISTAKE! This has put so much pressure on myself! Two months ago I had 7 months to try and lose 40 pounds. One month ago I had 6 months to lose 40 pounds. Now I have 5 months to lose 40.
The closer the date of the reunion comes, the more I feel like I shouldn't even try anymore because I can't possibly do 40 pounds in 6 months... 5 months... 4 months... etc.
My friend Dayne left me a comment on one of my last posts and it's something I need to keep reminding myself of:
Dayne Gingrich said...And he's so right... I'm not trying to diet in the sense of what everyone thinks a "diet" is, but I'm trying to change my unhealthy habits. Need to view things as a decision vs. a restriction.
"So much work to do (again)!" is an illusion. That type of thinking is very common, and speaks to a SHORT TERM mindset.
This isn't a diet-thing... or a losing-weight-thing. That's short term thinking. This journey is a LIFE CHANGE, with fluctuations forever. Some days we'll slip, other days we'll be as discipline as ever.
Accepting of these fluctuations is absolutely key. Short term diets or weight loss don't work because there's an unconscious finish line.
Instead, making it a life long walk, knowing we'll be up and down forever will take the pressure off, and allow it to become more consistent.
You DON'T have more work to do (again). There's not "again." There's only now. Today now and the next day now. Enjoy this journey.
I'm gonna eat a salad for lunch because I choose to not because I have to.
Makes it a little easier, ya know?! Gonna end with pictures from this past weekend's Christmas/birthday/Valentine's brunch. Gorgeous views and awesome food... can't go wrong!