Tuesday, August 24, 2010

What if?

Our expectations for ourselves are usually high. I want to workout every single day, eat perfectly, lose 15 pounds, and never eat sugar again. The problem? Life happens. We tend to be human. Crazy isn't it? We go on vacation, have family parties, celebrate holidays, get sick, cram our schedules with business, and sometimes we just don't have perfection in us. Usually our lack of perfection is followed by feelings of guilt, remorse, anger, and a general unpleasant disposition. These feelings can also come at you when you feel like you're doing your absolute best, and you aren't seeing any results, which can be very frustrating. This negativity can be the start of a slippery downward spiral if you don't do something to combat it. Whenever these negative thoughts and emotions come creeping in I want you to think of this...

What if I did nothing?
Where would I be then?

I can promise it would be worse off than if you hadn't done something.

Next, I want you to evaluate the positive things that you've done to improve yourself in the past week. I got two days of jogging in. I drank water instead of soda. I substituted applesauce for butter in my cookie recipe. I fed the kids a vegetable at every meal. Etc. etc. etc.
From there, set some new goals from a positive place. Build upon the things that you are already doing well, instead of beating yourself up over the things that you haven't been so great at. Chances are you're making some positive steps forward, and you're better off than if you weren't making any effort at all.


Nichole said...

Did you write that post for me today Megs? I just can't seem to fit it all in these last few weeks. With it being over 110* it makes me not want to exercise at all! Thanks for the encouragement! I really need to get it together!

Janae and Bil Bil said...

WOW!!! I seriously needed that! Thanks Meg! Can't wait to see you tonight!

Sister in Christ said...

I feel like your picture of the Patatoe, I want to work out but Just can`t motivate myself to do it!