You get what you expect. . .
Saturday, January 03, 2009
My mother had a lot of sayings, something for every situation. One that has taken me a long time to understand was, "You get what you expect". It sounded way too easy--everyone expects to get good stuff so what's the catch, how come everyone doesn't have everything they want? It seems even though we want good things, deep down we don't expect good things to happen because we don't really believe. When I look back on my successes and my failures, there are no real surprises. Things turned out pretty much like I expected. I have lost weight before, but I never expected I could maintain--I always expected I was going to give up and gain the weight back. I have worked up to running a 5k several times before, but I never expected to keep doing them and had to start over for every one. What scared me recently was that I found myself accepting that I was feeling old, I was expecting to feel slow and sluggish and out of shape. No No No. I will change my expectations. I will not expect to feel old before my time. I expect that I can be healthy and active and wear cute clothes. I will remember my mother's words every day, only I will start expecting that I can eat well and exercise consistently.