Anyone who's read my posts this year knows I advocate not dwelling on imperfections, but loving ourselves for who we are right now, and taking steps to feel good today. Now, I don't talk about weight loss, because that in itself isn't the goal. The number on the scale doesn't tell me how I feel today, my body does. But you know what? Even though I'm still exercising regularly and eating a healthy balanced diet with limited indulgences, that scale number has been steadily climbing and I feel bad. Not mentally bad, because of the number itself, but physically bad: heavy, bloated, and low-energy. And I'll be honest, I have a lot of clothes that I miss being able to wear, too. It's disheartening to keep plugging away at something, anything, and not only do things not improve, they get steadily worse.
Something is going on that needs to change. I haven't yet figured out why my standard methods are suddenly not working. Is it hormonal? Is it that I'm writing much more lately (yay!) but that more of my time has become sedentary? (booh!) Is my life simply out of balance? With family and work, have I unknowingly cut back on my time for personal well-being? The end of the school year is always especially busy for me, with my kids school events and projects, the big annual recital for my dance students, making summer plans, etc. So a life out-of-balance is a good bet.
But what can I do, right now, today to make a difference? DECIDE TO KEEP GOING! I won't say, "Ah, screw it all!", get myself a huge jar of Nutella, and drop down on the couch for a twelve hour Netflix marathon. I will eat my green salad with fat-free dressing. I will give myself a dance class in the family room. I will do all the other things I have on my daily To-Do List, that aren't about my body, because they also are important, either to me or to others. And I will examine my lifestyle more fully. I will figure out what changes to make without giving myself a deadline and berating myself if everything isn't fixed within two days.
Today's moral: Allow that setbacks happen to everyone. Don't beat yourself up for yours. Show yourself love by deciding to just keep going! And remember, if you are feeling a bit low now, you are still doing way better than if you weren't trying at all. So KEEP GOING!!
Love and Blessings!