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:
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!