Hopefully, I did some problem solving yesterday as I was on a hike. It was a lovely day in Western Michigan. Sunny, a mild breeze, 50 degrees and the fall colors are spectacular. now. The trail was nearly empty and I had the woods to myself. . My mood was good.
So while walking, I was looking back on the past four weeks of my own lack of success in our current fall challenge.
I am trying to gain some insight into why I have hardly stayed even with team goals. While my weight is steady, it has barely dropped. I was so ready when the challenge started. Enthusiastic even;
Instead, I would define my effort so far as lackluster. Hmmm. Exercise time has been good. Enough to burn calories to be sure.
The culprits- mindset, attitude, anxiety and mindless snacking.
So where is this coming from? Typically I go through my days reasonably upbeat. Two years ago my Oncologist told me I am in remission and recently he told me I am now' low risk' for relapse with my lymphoma. . Every day is a good day. Every day I feel grateful. Even with the SP challenges, I tend to do fairly well. Not every one, but most.
So.... it was thinking about our own challenge goal this week that has helped me with some insight.
One of our goals this week is to 'Rise and Shine' each morning. Begin the day with some positive thoughts and behaviors. I admit I awaken , drink coffee and begin 'doomscrolling.' on my laptop. i read about the pandemic, all the negativity surrounding this election, what ever bad news in on CNN's or NPR's website. I take it all in and dwell on it. I know this is getting into my head. The news seems particularly negative these days, and we have not control over the outside events. I even begin to imagine and dwell on the long gray and very cold COVID winter we are facing. In Michigan we go weeks with no sunshine.
But one thing we can do is 'rise and shine.' Short circuit the constant negative input. Make room for the positives. I like to think the more healthy and positive choices will prevail. Sadly I had even substituted my morning devotionals for the 'doom scrolling ' time. . Seems like a good way to start is to bring the devotionals back and check in with the news later, if at all.
Rise and Shine. It is simple, basic , and I like it . The good news is I still have 4 weeks into the fall challenge. There is reason for hope and believing still in a good outcome
As Bob Dylan said in a song...."the only thing I know how to do is keep on keeping on." Today is a good day to start again.
Sorry this is a longer blog. If you are still reading, thank you.