Losing It For The Family

Losing It For The Family

Sunday, August 3, 2014

I Am The Tortoise

This week has been a good jump start for me. I picked one thing (my activity level) and decided to work on it. I chose to make the prison break, and that has been successful too. I feel the momentum starting to pick up! My most recent yay moment came last night. I had been on the move all day, and in the recent past, that would have equaled me taking the first opportunity to hit recliner and plant it for the night. And that most often would have meant a short walk from the dinner table to the recliner. But I kept looking at my back yard during dinner,and thinking "man, if I mow it today, I will have gotten to it before it gets grown up for the first time this whole summer." So I got up from the supper table, gassed up Old Yeller, and I mowed last night. I got done about 7, and historically, I would have chalked that up to a day, and then rationalized that I deserved to go sit on my butt the rest of the night. Not last night. I had a few errands I meant to get to yesterday that I didn't. I had left my ipad at the office, and we needed a new rake and broom. Rather than say "I will get to that tomorrow, I loaded my wife up and we ran errands at 7:30 at night! If you know us, that is unheard of! By the time we got back it was about 8:15, and I did plant in the recliner, but it was at least 2 hours later than the usual!

Being who I am, the do it fast and do it perfect guy, I cannot minimize the hugeness of last night. I set some small goals, not big ones, and I decided that I will take this thing a little at a time. I will not chastize myself for not being back to my pinnacle in less than a month. I will be the tortoise, slow and steady. Just like the parable, I will win the race by being slow and steady and consistent with my goals.

My thinking for the time being is to stick with my goal of activity for the entire month of August. Come September, I am going to become more strict regarding my diet. I figure that gives me a month to devise some sort of plan that is doable for me. But for now, I will bask in the glory of feeling like I am achieving again!!

4 comments:

  1. From someone who regularly plants herself in a recliner, I totally get the hugeness of what you did last night. Way to go Shane!

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  2. Hi Shane,

    I enjoyed reading through parts of your entire blog and found yours though our friend Sean Anderson. I blog over on Spark People user name WEWRTFO and believe some of the information I share there could with your cravings and hunger issues. You have everything in place, just a few small changes makes a huge difference and I know you can do this, loose all the weight and keep it off! Keep pushing!

    Jon

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  3. And you are achieving-- so wonderfully. Your perspective and approach is putting you in a most fantastic position for success, Shane. I'm overjoyed for you!! HUGE, what you did last night!! Congrats. I know this perspective isn't easy for you--as you've stated---I get that, but it's truly a perspective and formula for lasting success, my friend. Slow and steady wins every time.

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