Hello my beautiful BadAsses,
I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to post. It’s been a whirlwind these last few weeks. We are about to renovate our 1850s home which means moving out, purging lots of stuff, and getting lean and mean to move to a rental. It’s also meant a ton of choices. I’ve renovated before (never believing I would ever say yes to it again), so it’s less intimidating. If you’ve ever done it before, you know how many details there are, more than you ever think about until you’re up until 2am picking tile, going over the budget, deciding on whether those lighting fixtures are worth the splurge. Renovation is all about the details. So, here’s to making this a metaphor for the weight loss journey. That too is all about the details. And that too can for many, feel very overwhelming.
Recently I listened to a TED talk where the topic was all about how little time we spend living in the moment. Literally 47% of our time is spent lost in thought. I believe this. We’re either dwelling on the past, or making plans for what’s happening tomorrow or next week. Living in the present is something one must work at. I notice how important it is to be in the present when I’m crazy busy. If I don’t stay focused on just one foot in front of the other, I can easily get overwhelmed to the point of feeling frozen with anxiety. And that my friends is what can happen when we look too far down the road and anticipate all of things that can go wrong.
If you’re going to think forward, there are some very smart scientific types that claim we are more often able to succeed when we keep our eyes on the prize. When we put our laser focus on the end game, our perception changes, and we are more easily able to move forward. Whether it’s a house renovation, work challenges or getting to goal weight, eyes on the prize is a mantra that will help us get there faster, with more ease, less struggle.
I’ve not had my eyes on the weight loss prize of late. I’ve been maintaining, but this final 15 was proving harder to move through because I told myself I’m so busy, there’s too much going on, blah blah blah. It’s easy to talk ourselves out of reaching the end goal. And sometimes we just want a break. The good news, these habits I’ve created during my time taking off the 85 pounds, have stuck through the stress. While I’ve not zoomed my way to the end, I’ve maintained my weight for a longer period than any other time in my life. So, while I’m not standing here today shouting from the mountaintops that I’m at goal, I’ve not taken any steps backward.
While these next couple of months will bring a ton of work, lots of potential stressors, and really easy excuses for not keeping eyes on the prize, I’m going to challenge myself with getting to goal even with all that life is bringing right now. I’ve chosen to yet again undergo this renovation and I am resetting my sights on my personal renovation. I cannot remain unfinished in this pursuit. So I’m putting my eyes on the prize. I’m putting my intention in the forefront of my lizard brain, and I’m declaring a personal wager here: I am committed to reaching my goal weight by the time we move back into our 1850s beauty. That’s it, renovating the house, renovating me, getting to goal, eyes on the prize.
Each day it’s about committing to that challenge and never letting the excuses wreak havoc. And we all have them. It’s easy to be seduced into making other things more important. Life is busy, sometimes bad things happen, and sometimes we just feel so incredibly unraveled. But what if we didn’t let that stand in the way of being the person we want to be? What if, we were relentless in taking care of ourselves through thick and thin. What if, despite our misgivings about whether we’re worth it or not, or whether it’s worth the effort at all, we simply put our focus on the prize. What if we decided that no matter what we were going to do this? What would change?
I invite you to join me, wherever you are in the journey, to recommit and put your eyes on the prize. And I commit to you to share updates on my progress (and if you want to see progress on the house, stay tuned, as I’m documenting that as part of a tv project-think this Old House, meets Fixer Upper!).
Trust that putting your eyes on the prize CAN make a difference. If you’re just starting out, set small goals, if you’re almost at the finish line, join me, and let’s celebrate our goal within the coming months. Here’s to a wonderful start to summer, with eyes on the prize!