Monday, September 17, 2012

Slip Slidin' Away

I've been slacking for a couple of weeks. We were on vacation for one of those weeks, and recouping from the vacation the second week. I didn't really need a week to recover; I've just been lazy.

And it's catching up with me. I'm UP three pounds from last week. UGH! That's what happens when the food and exercise plans go out the window.

I think Paul Simon's words are appropriate here: 

Slip slidin' away
Slip slidin' away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you're slip slidin' away

What is it about doing well that makes me want to take it easy? Why do I take two steps forward and one back? Why do I let up on myself and my plan as I get closer to my goal? I can't rest on my laurels -- I have to keep moving forward, with consistency.

I haven't written about my fears regarding weight loss but maybe it's time, because I think fears may be part of the slip slidin' attitude. 

All of my fears start with "What if?"........  What if I lose and gain it all back? What if I get unwanted attention (from men) about my "new" body? What if my skin is all saggy afterward? What if I need surgery to remove it? What if........

Let's think about these fears. First of all, an acronym for fear is Future Events Appearing Real. The first word is in not today, and maybe not ever. If there is something out there in the future (especially if it's something negative that hinders me), I shouldn't use that as a basis for my actions (or inaction) today. It's illogical and counterproductive since it may -- or may not -- happen the way I think it will.

If I must think about the future (since it seems to be human nature), maybe I can put a positive spin on things instead. What if I blossom into the person I'm truly meant to be? What if I inspire others to create healthier lives for themselves? What if I am I more comfortable in my skin?

The best thing about slip slidin' is that it gives me an opportunity to examine what I'm doing right and what needs improvement. It gives me a chance to start over -- even if I have to start over every day or every hour.

Have you been slip slidin' away with a goal or project? What causes you to slip slide?

Have you been there?


Yes! I've been there, Claire!