At eight o’clock a few mornings ago I was sitting in my new sewing chair preparing to try it out with my new sewing table. Perfection! But let me back this story up a few hours.
At six o’clock I had an apricot oatmeal protein bar with my coffee while I read my morning blogs. About an hour later, I was still hungry, so I decided to have my mid-morning snack of canteloupe and cottage cheese (but of course it wasn’t mid-morning yet.) The blogs I am reading are, of course, all about this weight loss/maintenance/fitness/life thing. Peoples struggles and victories. The journey. While I am eating this canteloupe and cottage cheese, I am thinking to myself, am I really hungry? Am I eating this just to satisfy the desire to put something in my mouth? Then, will this always be such an all-consuming struggle? Will I have to work non-stop on this for the rest of my life? And my answer to myself was, ‘so what?’ If I wanted to be a great concert pianist, I would have to practice regularly for a long, long time. And I really want to be good at this healthy life thing. I enjoy food, I enjoy preparing food, I enjoy eating food. I am learning to enjoy exercise. And most of all, I enjoy feeling healthy and energetic, and I want that to keep improving instead of declining.
When I finished my blog reading, I decided to check out the chair-in-the-box that I had brought home from Costco after work the night before. Before I bought this chair, I had sat in a lot of chairs. I had checked prices, comfort, back support, arms vs. no arms, pre-built vs. putting it together yourself. And I had decided that this was the best chair for me all the way around, even though I was not fond of the idea of building a chair. But when I opened the box, all I saw were what seemed like hundred of little parts. Oh, no, I thought. I am not doing this. I will take it right back to Costco and go get the chair at Staples that is already built for you. I don’t care if it is more expensive and less comfortable. I’m not putting up with this. I closed the box lid and went and did a few little chores. And decided to look in the box one more time.
I looked for the directions, and then saw that the box was not full of little parts. Just the top layer. And the directions were so simple that they hardly used any words. So I decided to give it a try, and literally one half hour later I was sitting in the chair sewing.
So I guess what I am taking such a long time to say is this: I think the whole area of weight loss can look as daunting as building this chair first looked to me. There are so many different choices of diet plans out there. There are so many new things to learn about food. Food preparation itself can seem overwhelming. And exercise, when you are overweight and out of shape…well, it just seems like torture.
But don’t panic–take it slow! Just take one step at a time. Get the ‘directions’ out–whatever healthy diet/exercise/life plan you have chosen, read through them, and just do one thing. Maybe go to the produce department FIRST on your trip to the grocery store (this used to be the last place i would go.) Try one new food that you swore you would never eat. Pick out a new recipe to try. Walk out the door, and walk half a block and go home (that’s all you have to do, I would promise myself. Its the only way I would start exercising.)
And before you know it, you will be the proud owner of a brand new body, just right for all the things you might want to do in life, like building tables and chairs all by yourself!