I See Things

I had a wonderful pondering time this morning, mostly thinking about my future, both long-term and immediate. By immediate, I mean the weekend ahead. I’m a big believer in visualizing myself being positive and energetic and active and all the things I want to be in life. That way, I’ll recognize them as they happen. :)

Anyway, as I sat pondering, the cautionary words of a former co-worker popped into mind:

“There’s a mighty big difference between a vision and a hallucination.”

Wise words, indeed, and it made me think about what I envision when I see myself being successful (by my own definition of successful).

Hallucination: I exercise two hours a day, 6 days a week, always giving 200% to my workouts.

Vision: I exercise 5-6 days per week, 30-60 minutes per day, giving 100% of my energy that day to my workouts.

Hallucination: I am at goal weight always. If my weight goes up, I increase my workouts to four hours a day.

Vision: My weight fluctuate but usually stays within 2-3 pounds of goal. When my weight goes up and stays up, I evaluate my nutrition AND my exercise to see if either needs to be improved.

Hallucination: I never eat chocolate.

Vision: I eat chocolate fairly regularly, but in tiny portions 98.521% of the time, excluding major holidays and vacations. (I consider a Hershey’s Kiss to be an example of “tiny.” Two is semi-tiny. More than that is a splurge.)

Well, you see what I’m getting at. All too often, we define our success by over-reaching measures that may not be attainable, much less sustainable. Weight fluctuates, schedules get crowded, and if we’re lucky, LIFE happens. I’d much rather experience it than hide from it inside a set of rigid expectations. I want to live a vibrant life, healthy AND happy, and part of that is being available for it.

I’m not suggesting that we “lower the bar.” It’s good to have high standards for our behavior, especially regarding health and fitness. It’s equally important that we be mindful of life unfolding around us and incorporate it into our visions of a successful future. And the future is beginning right now.

If you’re still reading, I thank you. This was one of those mornings I needed to give myself a little preaching, and I appreciate your indulgence. If you got anything out if, all the better. :)

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

0 thoughts on “I See Things

  1. "I'm a big believer in visualizing myself being positive and energetic and active and all the things I want to be in life. That way, I'll recognize them as they happen. :)" —just exactly what I needed to read today. Thank you.

  2. This is a great point that you make. We will never be perfect, and understanding and accepting our new life as a lifelong keepable commitment is so important in long term success and maintenance!

  3. I try to visualize myself being more active and at my goal weight. It helps but can be hard when things get crazy. I just know that as long as I keep going, I will reach my goal.

  4. Great post Cammy! I always strive for the best I can do & internally I know that it may not always workout. I guess this stems from my insecurities as a fat kid… I hoped for the best & planned for the worst. Now, I just try my best & go with that! With time & age, I have learned "sh*t happens" & we don't always have time so do the best we can without selling yourself short.

  5. You have a great, positive attitude. I fully believe in visualization. It can take you places if you open yourself up to it. :)

  6. Great post. I am at a place right now where lofty goals are out of my reach.

    I had two goals for the past four days, eat a healthy breakfast and drink at least a litre of water. Small but I was successful. Onward and upward!

  7. This one I actually have down :) I am the queen of moderate expectations! Key, for me, was figuring out how to make even my moderate goals come about.

  8. Your reality is so much more achievable than the hallucinations. Your co-worker is a smart cookie!

  9. Great post, Cammy. I really needed this reminder.

    It's easy to either have too high of expectations of myself OR cut myself too much slack. Hitting it in the middle, finding moderation is so much more difficult.

  10. "…and if we're lucky, LIFE happens."

    Wonderful post, Cammy. And this mini quote is being taped to my computer monitor today. :)