If I recall correctly, I have reached the letter J in my alphabetic explorations of words and concepts that help me effectively manage my weight. And it only took me a year. Good thing I wasn’t on a commission.
Only two helpful “J-words” come to mind, but they’re a big two, if you know what I mean. Together, they’re pretty foundational for my success.
While I’ve always been a fairly exuberant type of person (or as one friend termed it, annoyingly cheerful), I was pretty glum about the whole “diet-y” thing. That was back when I made elaborate plans and tried to overhaul my entire way of living in one day. Who wouldn’t feel bleh about that?
Approaching weight loss/management from a mindset of abundance turned everything around, and I found joy in focusing on what I had and what I could do.
I’ll confess that lately I’ve felt…well, not bleh, but not necessarily joyful either. I don’t know if it’s lingering stress over the ups and downs from 2014 or just a phase, but it’s certainly not how I want to live. I like bouncing out of bed in the mornings.
In thinking it over the past few days, I realized that what’s missing is that expectation that “something wonderful will happen.” Expecting good things to happen, believing good things will happen, will have me bouncing in no time. In fact, I feel better already.
After years and years of trying to change everything, I finally found success in changing Just One Little Thing at at time. Some changes took place over a matter of days, some took longer, and others–well, I’m still working on those.
I keep this bottle on my office window sill as a reminder that change doesn’t happen overnight, but I can make a lot of progress with a simple JOLT here and there.
So those are two Js that help me. Here’s one that hasn’t been working so well for me: January. This one has been particularly gray and cold, with only a handful of sunny, mild days to keep me off the ledge. I suspect that’s a large part of my recent less-than-joyful temperament.
But it’s February now, and I made it through. With my recent contemplations in mind, I’m focusing not on the cold, but all the wonderful things that this month will bring. Like temps in the 60s on Saturday!
I’m also focusing on getting some early spring cleaning done, and I’d better get back to it. I’m having new internet service installed tomorrow, and I’d rather not subject the installer to what’s bound to be a mountain of dust bunnies behind my desk.
Okay, your turn! Anything come to mind with the letter ‘J’?