The days are long, the years are short
On a day-to-day basis the effort it takes to lose weight can feel slow and tedious, and the mountain ahead looms high and feel impossible to climb. Yet I know that another year will go by in a blink and I will be standing at the bottom of the mountain, still obese and wondering why the hell I didn't make more of an effort on those long days? Here is one reason: Akrasia. James Clear wrote a very interesting article about it and he says:
Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment.
Yup. That's why instant gratification wins most of the time. We know that what we are doing does not serve our long-term goal but we do it anyway because it makes us feel better right now. And right now our days are long and the mountain is high and it's easier to just eat that damn peanut butter cup because it will give us temporary relief from whatever uncomfortable feeling we are experiencing and trying to avoid in that moment.
I could write 100s of posts like this. In fact, I probably already have, given that I've been blogging about the psychology of weight loss since 2005. In the end there is only one thing that gets the job done:
You have to do it.
This last week I lost the 3.2 lbs again that I had gained during the previous week of letting my hair down. While I am happy about that I am feeling unsure about wanting to continue with the calorie counting. It works but I've been so busy with work and the house purchase and all that, that it's been feeling more tedious than I like. Calorie counting is a great tool but I am learning that it works best for me when my life in general has a routine and if the last few years and even decades are anything to go by then a consistent daily routine is actually not the norm for me. I am looking at other options, like Intermittent Fasting, so we'll see.
What I do know is that I am committed to this journey and that's what matters most.
In the meantime – spring is in the air! The last few days have been gorgeous and we went for a couple of lovely walks around a local lake and along our bay. I miss my bicycle that was stolen last year but I may just start using our other bike that we still have. It's not as big or comfortable as my old bike but with a few adjustments it might work until I get a new one. It is no secret that I love cycling and I actually can't wait to put the bike on my carrier and drive up to Vancouver and cycle around the seawall and Stanley Park. So looking forward to summer!
The next two weeks I will be hunkered down and working on my next e-course and a couple of client websites. Whenever I launch a new course I always underestimate how long it takes! My new course will give aspiring web designers an exclusive look inside my studio and I'll be sharing everything I know that's helped me grow a successful and profitable business. It's a lot of work but I won't lie: I love every minute of it!
Foodwise I am going to make a conscious effort to eat fresh, healthy and energizing meals that will support me during this busy time and with the weather getting better I also feel more motivated to get out into the fresh air at least for a bit every day.
Wishing you a lovely week!