Today has been a challenge. I almost got a buttered bagel with my coffee this morning. I chose not to. I almost bought a rocky road brownie. I chose not to. When I’m bored or frustrated, traditionally, I eat. And I don’t mean fruit and veggies. You know the usual drill … chocolate … chocolate … chocolate. Sometimes it’s crunchy, munchy stuff. Chips, Smartfood (my absolute weakness and man, I cannot eat very much of that any more without feeling like crap the next day … you’d think I would have learned by now). I have a picture in my gym of a woman who completed the Body for Life challenge. 3 of them actually. She has a very similar bodytype to me. Was in a little worse shape than me. And was dealing with a husband who had a brain tumour removed and was in a coma. He lost basically all of his muscle. His bicep was smaller than my wrist. She (Pam) dealt with stress the same way I do. Eat. In her success story she says that she did this challenge not one day at a time, but one moment at a time. One decision at a time. I recently read somewhere (I think it was Bill Phillips but I could be wrong) that every time you have a choice to make, you can choose the path that leads you where you want to go or choose the path that’s easiest to follow. So I keep trying to make the right choice. Sometimes I succeed (so far, today’s been a good day), sometimes I don’t succeed. I like how he calls it a “setback” rather than a “failure”.
So I guess my message is … when you have a choice to make, regardless of what it is, really think about the consequences. A buttered bagel instead of a Myoplex shake might not seem like it will make a big difference, but it establishes a pattern. And that’s what we need to change if we want to make real change in our lives. Our patterns of behaviour.
So have a great day … choose well … and if you don’t, move on. It’s not the end of the world.