Thursday, October 23, 2008

Things I've Learned

There are some big things I've learned about myself in the last couple of years. Most of it brought to light through my postpartum inspired weight loss. The biggest of which is that when I'm ready to change... I change. I don't say I'm going to change tomorrow, or Monday, or next week. There is no pre-diet binge justified by all sorts of ridiculous excuses that range from "I've already bought it so I have to finish it up" to "I just need to hit rock bottom".

The thing I've found about myself (and I think it may be universal) is that when I'm pulling that shit I'm not ready. I might (might) pull it together and start some half-assed attempt on that mythical Monday but I won't be able to stick to it. When I'm ready I don't need a "Monday". I don't even need a "tomorrow". It's actually possible to change RIGHT NOW. It's possible to change without really knowing exactly how... without a full plan... without promises. It's possible to change in the middle of the day (believe it). All you have to do is stop doing what's making you crazy.

We all know finishing that box of cookies, or making an exception because "it's on sale", is a lie we're telling ourselves. There is no value in eating up stuff with the sole purpose of postponing eating less and there is no value in saving money on something you wouldn't have bought otherwise.

It isn't starting that is hard... it's stopping.

10 comments:

Mr Furious said...

It amazes me that you married me.

Mrs Furious said...

I've also learned that was a mistake.

Mr Furious said...

LOL!

Mr Furious said...

After watching that video, at least I am comforted by the fact that you'll have to get rid of me in slow increments.

Mrs Furious said...

Good one.




And the best part of this exchange, folks, is that it all happened while we sat at our respective desks in the same room. I did in fact hear him LOL in case you were wondering.

Lori said...

Amen sister!
It amazes me that when I feel I hit the bottom, can't imagine pulling through, I some how manage to find the strength to get it DONE!
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Julie said...

This is so true.

Now that there's another Julie, should I spice up my name? Any suggestions?

Dinah Soar said...

Great insight.

Heather said...

I read this as I wolfed down a delicious sandwich from the Italian market as part of my last hurrah meal, as tomorrow I start Weight Watchers. I didn't want to do a whole blowout, but it seemed like a sandwich was a reasonable thing.

Mon said...

I'm with you on the being ready. I think many of us could save a lot of heartache by ditching goals, and New Year's resolutions, and, 'I will whens'. It happens without any thought or effort, when you're ready.

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