Who else struggles with these opposing mentalities?
Both make perfect sense. Depends on the individual, I suppose.
Personally, I have always been the ‘all or nothing’ kind of lady, especially when it comes to weight loss and fitness. Which is why I can revel in the short term success. Long term is another story altogether. You see, I am also an imperfect perfectionist .which can lead to burn-out and ultimately disappointment. Something, I have managed to prove again and again.
Back in the day, I could go back on program ( that’s what I call it ) and lose three pounds a week consistently, for months. I was a master at before and after. A favorite at Weight Watchers meetings because I was proof positive that their program worked .
But honestly, it never lasted. All I had to do is get distracted by something else that life throws at me, OR hit a rough patch (whatever it may be) , and WHAM, I was breakneck in the other direction..
On the flip side, realistically I know that one small change is BETTER than nothing. In fact, I managed to lose 20 lbs a few years ago by changing a few simple things but the problem there is I grow bored REALLY easily, and I have always needed INSTANT GRATIFICATION to stay motivated. FACT!
Recently, I reconnected with an old friend who is a retired Naval officer. He is a highly disciplined individual and is 20 years into a second successful career. He also bikes on the weekend. I mean BIKES on the weekend and is in excellent shape.
Last night, I was reading his latest FB post where he was speaking of this weekend’s adverse Florida weather and an upcoming road trip that he seemed excited about . He stated that he would be hanging up his bike for a couple of weeks. No he wasn’t happy about it but was cheerfully switching gears.
How does he do that?
I mean, when I go after something in earnest, I can’t imagine being a weekender at anything. Let alone, putting something on hold for a couple of weeks.
Well I honestly don’t know BUT I do know that he has been into extreme biking, as long as I have known him which is like 17 years and probably long before that. I am also certain that he too has had his ups and downs in this life where he has struggled to find balance.
He had to start somewhere.
All I know, is that I am envious of this man ( and I hate that ) who manages to achieve and maintain so much in his life.
Perhaps, it isn’t about the end result after all, but the journey itself.
I think it is fair to say that he is mastering his journey. And I have to find a way to master mine.