Re-Assessing the Goals
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Well, it is not surprising to me that my goal of 50 lbs by the age of 50 has not been met, as I have not really been "on program" for quite a while. But there is a silver lining in this, and that is that even though I have not been "on program," I am still here, working at it as best I can, and not letting it go to the dogs. For someone whose adult life has been spent alternating between the extremes of healthy living, hanging around in the middle of those extremes is probably as healthy as it gets. And the fact that a sizeable weight loss has not been followed by gaining it all back and then some is pretty darn good for this "extreme" kind of girl.
So today, the day before the eve of my 6th decade on this earth, is certainly a worthy day for re-assessment. And you know what? As I sit here and truly search my soul for the purpose of that re-assessment, here is what I say: of course I will continue to take my baby steps towards health. But as much as I could do better, I could also be doing much, much worse. I believe that even on the days I am not eating only healthy food in healthy amounts and getting my exercise in, I am healthy. Because it is NOT all or nothing. It does not HAVE to be all or nothing. It's just doing the best you can, every day that you are lucky enough to wake up and be. And I am doing the best I can. I can do better, but man, I could do worse, and in my life I have done worse.
I like myself, I like my life. I don't rail against the "bad" stuff in my life, but to the extent I bring those "bad" things on myself, I work hard not to do the things that bring them. I don't get overly excited about the "good" things in life, but I do remember to be appreciative for those good things, and to express my appreciation, be it to God or to the person or people who are responsible for those good things.
Someone once told me that a measure of your mental health is not how you are doing when things are "good" or when things are "bad." A measure of your mental health is how you handle the "ok" days. Because we have more "ok" days than good or bad. And I believe that all of what we do, all of what we are, springs from our mental health. It all starts inside our incredibly powerful minds. And I declare the state of my mental health is sound.
The goals haven't changed. Eat well, exercise. Use moderation in all things. And enjoy every day.