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I am feeling a slight paradigm shift

Saturday, June 05, 2010

I am spending a lot of my quiet meditation time thinking about how I can make a shift in how I live my life. It isn't that my life is bad at all, it is just that I want it to be the best life I am capable of experiencing.

So I have thought about the things that I have done in the past that have been successful. Everything that works for me are things that become a total lifestyle change. Things like, walking to work, mindful snacking on healthy foods, positive self talk, journaling, and not over thinking or over exercising...... I guess moderation has always been the best way for me to live my life.

I have always admired people who push the envelop and set huge goals for themselves and achieved them. And what I realize for me is that when I set my goals too high I tend to give up when the going gets tough. So I think for me... and I am saying I think that what is good for me... is to break down the huge final goal into much smaller goals. OK, now I know this is probably a no brainer for most people. Yes, I hear it said everyday. But what is happening inside my brain is a slight paradigm shift. Suddenly I am able to really understand the importance of experiencing the small steps or small goals which will lead me to reaching the bigger overall goal. And perhaps I will never get to an end goal, but my life changes will be healthier and will feel more achievable and permanent.
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  • JUSTDUCKY1405
    Loved it! Great thoughts!
    3794 days ago
  • OUTLIVING
    emoticon emoticon emoticon I think that is a really important concept & realization :)

    I don't do well when I focus on the long term, end result goal, like losing 1/2 of me. It becomes overwhelming & feels impossible, and the goal doesn't tell me anything about how to get there. I do much better with small targeted goals, like my goal to master and increase strength by 1 pound weights. Started with 1 pound, just ordered my 4 lb so my new goal is to master those and then my next goal will be 5 lb :)

    and moving from a diet (start, stop) to a lifestyle mentality has been an important shift. What can i do that is suitable and can keep doing. Not to say that a short, intense, jump start or special activity is not appropriate... I have just found that those didn't get me their either (fad diets, rigorous exercise programs). In the future, I could see taking say a class (short term) to try a new skill... I think as we move along in our journey, master new skills, we will adjust our lifestyle as our ability changes & we seek new challenges :)
    3799 days ago
  • KARBIE18
    Sounds great to me!! I'm with you - no huge goals for me either. Babysteps are the way I've made it this far, and babysteps will keep me going and then help me maintain. Flexibility and self-acceptance (accepting that I'm not perfect) have been hard to come by, but have made all the difference.

    Every good choice you make adds up, and will get you what you want - a healthier lifestyle.

    (Have I mentioned how glad I am that you're back???)
    3799 days ago
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