This past week I spent some time by the ocean each morning before work. Several times (all right, many times) it was in place of my morning walk, though sometimes I walked and stopped early to sit and watch the waves come in and go out. I felt I needed the quiet time in order to face the challenges of the day. The days that went best, where everything seemed to flow smoothly and with ease, were the days that I said thanks. Thanks for certain people in my life, thanks for certain opportunities and even thanks for some “personal growth experiences.” My moments of thankfulness were a powerful influence on my day, my attitude and my even my health. I made much better choices this week because I wasn’t frustrated or stressed or unhappy. I will be taking more time at the ocean this next week and enjoying the power of thankfulness.
I’ve accepted that I won’t make the better choice each time.
I haven’t given up trying to make the better choice next time.
I’ve accepted that my motivation isn’t always there.
I haven’t given up trying to find fun ways to keep me motivated.
How would you describe the difference between acceptance and giving-up this week?
A friend shared with me what her personal trainer asked her when she said she didn’t exercise sometimes because she was too tired after work and didn’t feel like it. The personal trainer asked “why is exercising an option? You go to work even if you don’t feel like it. So why is exercising an option?”
It’s a good question and most of my answers were from my inner 5 year old, but it got me thinking, “why are the healthier choices options?”
This week, when I admitted to myself that what I was doing wasn’t working and that I needed to get back to basics — smaller portion sizes, tracking what I eat, and sticking to my Weight Watchers PointsPlus® daily and weekly targets. That’s when I accepted that “it is what it is” and I just have to deal with it. I can’t pretend I can do it differently. It is what it is! That acceptance is exactly what I needed. I’m tracking again, I’m measuring portion sizes and I’m losing instead of gaining.