I used to think that when I reached my goal I would ride off into the sunset and never again have to deal with the temptation to skip a workout or eat an extra helping of dessert. Of course now that I’m in maintenance I realize that’s not realistic. I still have to make choices and I don’t always make the right ones.
[break][/break]One skipped workout or one piece of cheesecake isn’t the end of the world, believe me. I assure you, I’m an all-American woman with a crazy schedule and sick kids and a leaking washing machine. There, doesn’t that make you feel better? No Biggest Loser special camp here. No 8-hour workouts. I eat what the family eats, I exercise when I can get it in, which is usually a short workout. My story would not make a sensational tabloid headline: “Big Mama Gets Skinny By Exercising at Home and Eating Real Food.” Where’s the excitement in that? No aliens from outer space, no miracle diet. The good news is that it means that you can do it, too.
[break][/break]Getting off track usually starts with justifying little choices, one at a time. I’m not talking about true reasons for not doing a workout, like illness or an unexpected event. I’m not even referring to days when you just don’t feel up for it. That’s okay once in a while. One thing I love about T-Tapp is that you don’t have to do it every day to get results (or maintain results). So do enjoy those days off.
[break][/break]Just stay aware of when you begin to blame others or circumstances for lack of consistency. It was recently pointed out to me that I had fallen into a habit of blaming and martyrdom in an area of my life. Ouch. A painful revelation, but helpful nonetheless. Bringing things out into the open lessens their hold on you. Shining a flashlight on a dark corner reveals what’s really there so it can be dealt with. Recognizing the thought patterns of blaming others and being a martyr (or shifting to self-blame) enabled me to nip those thoughts in the bud.
[break][/break]Brian Tracy said, “You become what you think about most of the time.” I don’t want to be the sort of person who blames and points fingers and says, “It’s not my fault. It wasn’t me, it was him.” So I choose not to think those thoughts. Tracy also said, “Unsuccessful, unhappy people think and talk about what they don’t want most of the time.” Constantly thinking and saying, “I can’t stay consistent, I can’t lose weight, I’ll never do this” only moves you toward those things.
[break][/break]I hope you realize that I put my pants on one leg at a time just like everybody else. I get pudgy and have to work harder to get it off. I gain a few and lose a few. I fall into blaming and justifying and being a martyr, then I realize the truth and move on. I’m on the journey with you and we’ll keep on working and thinking right and getting better. We’re in this together. We may not make the cover of The National Enquirer but that’s okay with me.