I have been struggling today. Not with food per se, but over the past week I have really been down in the dumps and doing a lot of navel gazing. I am 37 right now and I don’t have a lot of “success” to speak of in my life. I use quotation marks there because I am healthy (aside from needing to lose weight, I have no disease states), I have a better wife than I could ever hope to be worthy of, I have two of the sweetest sons (5 and 3) that anyone could ever hope to have, and I have a job in this economy with great benefits. My intention is not to brag in any way, but to illustrate the point that I am acting like a fool.
Why am I allowing myself to be the mayor of sad-sackville? I don’t have any good reason other than to say life hasn’t turned out the way I always pictured it would. So what?!?! I can’t think of any example in history of a life that turned out exactly they way it was envisioned.
I have used food as a therapy and I can no longer run to that false sense of security and comfort. As per the title of this blog, I have a long way to go to get this weight off, but the important thing is to start, and then continue to start each morning.
If you are like me and make yourself a victim to the imagined future from your past, take a stand and remind yourself of what is good in your life. Take some time and actually write it down. You will not be able to argue with written evidence of the good in your life. Once you have that list prepared, make a list of the areas of your life that are not good right now. There’s your best opportunities for improvement. Start with a small issue or area to get the ball rolling and experience some success and then find the next issue to tackle.
I will be making these lists on a quarterly basis to keep me sane and realistic about what I can be thankful for in my life. I know I won’t correct every issue I don’t like each quarter, but I will be able to see progress that I have made.
I would love to hear some other strategies to keep yourself not just motivated, but excited about life. Please leave a comment and let me know what is working for you.
Respect the Run!