Thursday, March 03, 2016
At work, I get a lot of things thrown at me all day. For instance, it is now lunch. I've been at work just over 3 hours and I've sent and received 47 emails. I have a written list of items I need to accomplish today and I add and mark off items throughout the day, so that when one of my bosses says, "I have no idea what you do all day!" I hand him the folder with my daily lists. I also keep the list so that I can stay focused on the most important things throughout the day. I feel a sense of accomplishment to be able to mark off what I've done. Does it get so overwhelming I want to throw my hands in the air when 3 bosses are asking for things that take an hour each, and they want it all now? Absolutely! That's when I take a deep breath and decide what's the next most important thing I need to do today?
Getting healthy is the same way. We can be trucking right along doing our workouts; tracking our food; drinking our water, but suddenly one thing pushes us over the edge and we want to throw our hands in the air and say forget it! It's just too much!
I've been a member of SparkPeople since January 2013. I know what works (tracking). I know what doesn't (leaving the site). I've read a few posts over the last year of one member who was at a plateau for 3 years. 3 YEARS!?!
I've never had a plateau because I've never stuck with tracking everything long enough to get to a plateau. Many times I'll get put back on high doses of steroids and think to myself, "I'll just gain weight anyway, why bother?" and then suddenly it's a self-fulfilled prophecy...I gain weight. It isn't that I want to gain weight and get a moon face from salt and joint pain from the steroids. It's that I lose focus. My focus becomes how much I hate having an auto-immune disease; how much I hate the poisons I have to take; how I resent having to take so many vitamins; how it hurts to walk; how it's so expensive to see so many specialists.
12-Step programs say the first step is admitting you have a problem. My problem is that I turn my back on what I know works. I don't keep my goals in the forefront of my mind. Today I'm changing that. If I want ABC, the only way there is XYZ. I can do this. I can stay focused the next 30 days and not eat obvious fried foods (see previous posts). I can continue to make healthy choices for breakfast and lunch to make sure I don't go over when my chef roommate cooks something decadent for dinner (I usually also cook a lot of kale and other items to go with those decadent dinners). I can make taking my vitamins a piggy back of another part of my day like when I first get home. Or when I get my second cup of water, etc.
I've also joined the Community Team on SparkPeople. If you haven't tried this before, it is challenging in that you must complete certain tasks each week or you're no longer a part of the team. For me, it isn't the "prestige" of being a team member. It's to keep me focused on my journey while helping others through their journey. It's encouraging each other that makes this site so much more than any other "diet" site out there. It's people just like you and me who come together to share ideas and cheer each other on throughout the day.
12/200 for SparkGuy's yearly challenge.