Let me just be real for a moment. I have made poor choices the last 2 weeks. Nothing ridiculous like the epic fail and binge fest of about a month ago but poor choices nonetheless. The first week, I got grace on the scale. The second week, evidence of my failings were present. I have chosen to stay up late chatting with a new friend which has resulted in not waking up for morning workouts. Then of course, the chatting begins when the workday ends which means often I have missed those workouts. Then….I could go on…but you get the idea.
In the Bible, especially the old testament, you see long boring chapter outlining these really long barely pronounceable names that begat another long barely pronounceable name. So and so begat so and so who begat so and so.
What does this mean?
Well, I think it means one person is born of another person. One cannot/would not come without the one preceding it.
I think, our/my decisions are kind of like those “begats”.
I choose to stay up late which begats a lot of “snoozing” which begats a missed workout which begats….
Today, I was tired of this pattern and decided consciously to return to the methods that got me to 100 lbs.
I prepped my meals last night, instead of trying to fly thru it in the morning, which begat all meals eaten as planned, which begat a desire to not end my day without my workout, so I went to the gym and did strength training, which begat a decision to stick to my plan for my cardio, which begat great choices even when confronted with BACON!
Let me try to speak in english now for a moment. I think each decision we make is born of the one before it. Have you ever noticed that once you go off plan it is much easier to toss the whole plan as opposed to jumping right back in? Our poor choices don’t have to derail us, they CAN BE merely speed bumps. If we let ourselves fall into a tail spin, it starts with one poor decision and they build on each other. The same goes for good choices. When you choose to stick to your plan it becomes easier to stick to it in the next moment or with the next thing. Next thing you know, you feel so great about who you are and what you are accomplishing, it becomes easy to keep going.
Tonight, when I left the gym I felt great. It was good to be back in the gym pushing my muscles to the max. But it felt even better to know I held my commitment to myself, because I am worth the time it takes to make me better. I like the kind of “begats” that come from these kind of choices.
Winning Strategy #9: Make the kind of choices you feel good about that begets more good choices that you can feel good about!