I know, I know… a glass of wine to kick off the Move More, Eat Well Jumpstart? Maybe not the best of ideas. Any nutrition expert will tell you that a glass of wine is no different than a glass of full-sugared Coca Cola. But this shot is from Christmas Eve and I was in celebratory mode. I know a little something about said celebratory mode. From a culinary standpoint, that was pretty much my entire 2014.
I started last year with all my fitness guns a blazin’. I did the jumpstart last year and after those 31 days I was back in the health and fitness saddle. (Herein ends the old Western metaphors.) And then by about the end of February, I wasn’t.
I’m going to spare you the drama here, because I continue to learn that drama and feeling sorry for myself do nothing but create more drama and self-pity. I know, shocker. I did not throw away my year because I didn’t lose weight. My year wasn’t a total bust just because I actually gained weight. I continued to keep my health as part of my daily To Do list, but I was not as consistent as I wanted to be. That’s it.
It’s not about anything else other than me and my choices. I don’t get to blame this on my feelings, or other people, or the position of the sun in relation to the Earth. I just made choices that gave me certain results.
And the beautiful part? I’m not a bad person because of it.
Look, I’m not as fit as I would like to be. Lack of fitness, as we get older, is going to translate to a less robust overall health. I want as much robust health as I can muster. What about you?
The Move More, Eat Well Jumpstart is about connecting to facts. It’s about to doing what is needed. It’s about forgiving yourself if you don’t, but instead of feeling sorry for yourself, it’s about understanding why you are making the choices you are making.
Here are a few things that I understand:
1. When I drink red wine, I make poor nutritional choices.
2. When I get on the treadmill, I feel better mentally, even if I don’t always physically. (Sore knees, etc.)
3. My body is an amazing vessel that lets me experience my life.
4. I am my choices, for both positive and negative consequences.
5. Being skinny doesn’t equal happiness but fewer pounds will make bending over to tie my shoes easier.
6. People don’t dislike me because I’m overweight.
7. I am fully responsible for taking care of me.
So that’s it.
It’s funny, but over the weekend, I wasn’t feeling very inspired. I was scared of this class. I was afraid to be a leader. I mean, how can I lead and inspire when 2014 has seen my scale climb to previously unheard of numbers?
And the answer: I can lead this because I keep showing up and I keep trying and I’m not going to feel sorry for myself.
I liken it to quitting smoking. It took me several tries to get ahold of that addiction. It took years for me to finally say, “I’m done.” Giving up is the crime. Showing up, every day, for better or worse… that’s the victory in this. Connecting to reality and working hard to do what is needed on any given day.
That’s who I want to be.
It’s another year. It’s another month. It’s another day.
It’s just one big glorious opportunity to do a little better.
I will always raise a glass to that.
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