I saw an unpleasant change on my scale this week when I was sneaking onto it .(I was supposed to stay away, for a very good reason!). I saw a gain. Now I know, you absolutely have to be vigilant if you’re attempting to make changes and I slipped up. I didn’t track and I didn’t exercise. The biggie was, I didn’t exercise. If you want to see repeated success, you must follow the prescribed formula. In other words, you have to do what is proven and guaranteed to work!
So, because I slacked off, I saw the scale move the wrong way. Instead of beating myself up over it, I just refocused on what is important. What’s really important is ME. Yep, I said it. I. Am. Important. This journey I’m on, the path I’m following? It’s about ME. I said that a few blogs ago. I’m working on what I need to do to make me happy. What makes me happy is working out and knowing that I’m seeing results. I do it for the result. It’s not for the “Hey! Look at me! I work out!” It’s for the knowledge that I am improving my mental health, first and foremost.
I hear you asking, “How is it improving your mental health?” Well, when I do things, like taking walks, or dancing really hard, or riding my bike, I feel accomplished. I mentally pat myself on the back and say, “You did a great job!” I am giving myself the validation I need to keep going. That’s what it’s all about.
So I strayed off the path to a smaller, happier me. I didn’t sit and whine about how “I fell off. I won’t get back on the path.” You see, I laid a path of rocks down as I was walking, rather than bread crumbs (remember the story of Hansel and Gretel?). I am not eating, but I’m looking for the shiny rocks, the ones that stand out and point me where I need to be. The rocks have been there, I just wasn’t looking for them for a short time. I’m looking for them again. I found them. Just need to make sure they glow because I have plans to keep looking for them. I will find them.
I guess what I’m saying is, if you think you’ve lost your path, don’t give up! Just keep looking for it. It’s there, even if you take a small detour. I detoured, found the path again and am making plans to keep that path in my line of vision at all times.