Ditch The Diet! Eat Right. Move More. Move On!
I hated school when I was younger. Hated it. My sisters and I would stand at the end of our long driveway waiting for the bus. I’d wait and wait. We’d talk and joke. All good. I liked that part. Once I saw the bus peek out from way down the road, even the smallest dot of yellow appear, I was out. That was probably the fastest I’ve ever ran in my life. Sprinted up the driveway. Into to the play shed. Hiding. I’d sit in there until I heard the bus leave. My sister’s must have thought I was nuts! Here I am standing with them one second… socializing, laughing, joking. The next second all they saw was ass and elbows tearing up the driveway!
That’s how much I hated elementary school. I really struggled staying focused in class. My brain was always all over the place. On the subject one second, off it the next. The concepts we learned were basic. I got it, I wanted to move on. Had to wait for everyone else to get it. I’d fake sick just so I could go walk to the nurse. Change up the scenery, see how she was doing. Chat about her day to pass the time. Drove my mom nuts. She had to drive me to school after the shed incidents. Had to take the call from the nurse when I was faking sick.
High school wasn’t much better. I almost dropped out to join the military. Until the Air Force recruiting office wouldn’t take me because they said I had 40 pounds to lose before I could go to basic training. Screw them I thought. There went the military idea.
I really struggled with school. It was such a long journey in my mind, had trouble focusing on the day-to-day. I’d do great one day, stink the next. Pass a test, then fail one. Love learning, then hate it.
The interesting and awesome part of school though is that it doesn’t really matter how good you are on any one given day, it matters that you keep going. Keep trying. Keep learning. And that someday, you get to a comfortable place where you have enough tools that you can start living. Then you start getting educated some more. It never stops!
This former bus-hiding, almost-high-school-dropout now has a bachelor’s and master’s degree. I will start as an adjunct professor at a local college next semester. I realized something a while ago. I didn’t have to be perfect at school. I just had to keep trying. Keep learning. A little at a time. Eventually It would all add up to something amazing.
Hate school (and now continuing education)? Sometimes.
Best part? It’s a marathon, not a sprint.
No one is expecting me/us to be perfect every day.
It’s not perfection every day. Can’t be. Not realistic.
The sum of all days added up is what it’s all about.
So what the heck does this have to do with you trying to get healthy/lose weight/maintain weight/etc.?
It has everything to do with it.
The day to day effort.
The long term results.
The quest for perfection. Perfect diet. Perfect workout. Perfect weight. Perfect size.
Being content/satisfied/ok with your size. With your body.
It’s a struggle.
Trying to have a perfect weight loss journey. A perfect diet. Work out every day.
That’s a lot of pressure!
Is what you’re doing sustainable?
A pattern/lifestyle you can keep up forever?
Struggling along this journey is a very real thing. But it doesn’t mean you’re not going to make it. It doesn’t mean you’re giving up. That you won’t eventually graduate with the highest degree.
It means you’re normal.
It’s not the day-to-day that matters.
It’s that you stay on this path.
That you don’t give up. When you can’t run, walk.
That you look at the big picture. The sum of all your efforts. When you can’t see the finish line, make a closer one in your mind.
Graduate students struggle through their course work. Do you think every day, every assignment, every grade is perfect? No way. But they get to the end. Get the degree.
Marathon runners struggle through the grueling 26.2 mile trek. Do you think they don’t walk a bit sometimes? Struggle through the dreaded hitting of “the wall”? They get there. They get the medal.
Weight loss is the same thing. It’s a struggle. The day to day is not always perfect.
The real challenge is staying on the path. No matter how slow you’re going. Stay on it.
Doesn’t matter how many struggle busses you ran away from in your past. Stay on the path.
This is YOUR journey.
YOUR path to health/weight loss/confidence.
Look around for motivation and inspiration, but look to yourself for the rule book!