Day 134 of OUR 365 Day Odyssey
What have you done today to make yourself proud?
When I hear that song, I immediately feel inspired and start thinking to myself, “What have I done today to make me feel proud?”
That was an easy question for me to answer today: I walked and then pushed myself to jog when I least felt like it. I made, and have been making, healthy choices each day about what I am eating and my portions. However, I have been a bit anxious lately. I often find myself worrying about whether one “slip up” (not exercising or eating or drinking things that will definitely add extra calories) will be followed by another slip up and another and will eventually lead to that slippery slope we have all heard about. When I start feeling anxious I pause and remind myself that the changes I have made are lifelong and that over the long haul I will be able to make the good choices I need.
That feeling of being afraid was at issue for Michael on last night’s Biggest Loser. He said he was frustrated because even though he had lost a lot of weight, he still had so much more to lose, but I knew those were empty words. I knew what Michael was afraid of — he was afraid that even though he had come so far he might not be able to maintain it. What would happen when he wasn’t in a controlled environment, working out more than not, and eating specially prepared meals? In otherwords, what would happen if he slipped? Would the “slips” add up to weight gain and shame again?
Michael was eventually able to work it out. I believe I have too. What about you? Do you have those feelings of anxiety when you “slip up”?
According to Bob (that’s Bob Harper for the uninitiated), it’s about the 80/20 thing – making good choices 80% of the time will keep us on the path to good health and happiness. For me it’s like the hara hachi bu principle of eating that I wrote about in January.
Hara hachi bu means to eat until you are 80% full. This approach to eating is similar to the philosophy of living life in moderation. I sometimes have a difficult time remembering hara hachi bu when I am eating, but with practice it is becoming more of a habit. One company, Mindless Gear, actually makes bracelets, hats, and other products to remind us to live a life of moderation.
I made my own bracelet and it has really helped. It has two little silver plated ghungroo bells that make the loveliest sound. When I hear them I think – I am special 🙂 Maybe you can make your own “I am special”, “hara hachi bu”, or “I am worth it” bracelet.
So, now, on to my favorite quotes from last night’s show.
In this moment we all have this common denominator – it’s getting healthy. ~Michael
I believe now that I am beautiful. ~Sunshine
One person that I couldn’t find to love me is me. ~Daris
Be aware that it’s not a finish line thing — it’s a lifetime thing. ~Erik to Koli
You’re changing other people’s lives as well. Keep that in mind. It’s not all about you. It’s about you inspiring others to make changes in their daily lives. ~Tony Romo
All that being said, now:
Stand up and finish what you started. ~Bob Harper