‘These next six weeks are going to be about training my muscles and mind’

I have been really frustrated over the past couple of weeks. I have been struggling with learning a new role at work and being overwhelmed. I have been depressed that I’m not losing weight or not feeling a difference in my clothes yet. I knew I needed to write the next blog entry and I wasn’t feeling inspiring or positive. I asked some friends for suggestions on what I should write and many said that I should be real and write about my frustrations and how hard it is to make changes toward a healthy life. It is hard. It’s hard to figure out what to eat. It’s hard to shop for, plan, and prepare meals. It’s hard to track what I am eating. It’s hard to reduce the consumption of foods that I love. It’s hard to get workouts done in addition to other family and life responsibilities. And it’s hard to deal with the frustration of not seeing results. 

As I was doing some more thinking about what to write, I ended up doing some soul searching and realized I needed an attitude and mindset adjustment! This trying to get fit IS hard, but I got to thinking about what some of my friends are going through currently or have gone through in the past. Divorce is hard. Cancer is hard. Unemployment is hard. Losing a child is hard. I am blessed to only have trying to get fit as my current “hard.” Once I put things into that perspective, my “hard” became less hard. (I’m not going to lie, I was still bummed this morning when my clothes were still tight, but I am determined to not stay in that mindset.) These next six weeks are going to be about training my muscles and my mind and thoughts! A recent church message (shout out to Fusion Church in Buford) contained a great scripture that I need to post everywhere: “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.” Proverbs 4:23 (GNT). I am applying that to my new work situation, too. Instead of letting my thoughts of doubt take over, I am choosing to think about embracing the change and the challenge and accept that there is a learning curve. I’ll eventually get it. It’s actually fun learning new things.

During my soul searching I also remembered why I applied for and why I wanted to be selected to participate in the Get Fit Challenge. I wasn’t interested in competing or winning, I wanted to be picked so that I could get help and have accountability to get to the gym and eat better. I wanted to get a great start on 2018 so come November I could turn 50 looking and feeling better, and being fitter, healthier, and happier. I wanted to participate so that I would be committed to at least three months and not quit three weeks in like I have done in the past. I believed that if I stuck with it for three months, I would create habits and routines that I would want to continue for the rest of my life.  All that is happening! That is where I need to focus. So I am going to quit my whining and do this!