17 October 2010

One Day at a time

I'm a big picture kind of person. I guess that's part of what makes me a good teacher; I can see the overall picture and then fill in the details from there. It's also part of why I'm such a conservative. I see the big picture - welfare is overall not a good thing - and I don't look at the details. This big picture attitude is great in many circumstances. It helps when trying to organize a project, I can look at what needs to be accomplished and see the steps along the way. It's also a curse. I see huge projects and cringe. I think about all the things that need to be done to reach a big goal and I feel overwhelmed. I think that's one of my big problems with my weight loss.

Every Sunday night I say to myself that I'm going to eat right and get all my workouts in for one week. I say this all the time and rarely succeed. It suddenly dawned on me tonight why I fail. I'm looking at too big a picture. I always plan for one week, then if something goes wrong it's like the whole week is shot. I need to narrow my focus and make my view smaller. So tonight I'm saying I'll eat right and get my workouts in tomorrow. That's all, just tomorrow. I practice setting the dogs up for success by creating tiny achievements for them, yet I set myself up for failure every week. I start out strong on Monday and by Wednesday I'm cruising the web looking for safe weight loss pills. I need to really stick with it so starting right now, it's one day at a time. And, to take it even further, I'm going to focus one meal and one workout at a time. I'll report back with my successes tomorrow.

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