Reasons to be Cheerful
November 14, 2014
The sudden arrival of “proper autumn weather” and the dip in temperatures seems to have brought all the seasonal bugs to life. I’m currently feeling a little bit sorry for myself because I’m poorly.
But, given recent events in the Hudson Household, that is all it is - being “poorly’. However grotty I feel, it isn’t life-threatening, it will pass and in comparison to those around me, I’m faring pretty well.
It made me realise that even on a bad day I have reasons to be cheerful. On a day-to-day basis I really do try to count my blessings. Equally, on my weight loss journey I try to do the same.
I find it really helps if I’m have a bad day or a difficult day (and even the most positive of us experience those) to focus on the good stuff rather than beat myself up and run myself down about anything that might be negative.
It may be a bit of a “Pollyanna” outlook but the alternative is what…? I would much rather be “Tigger” than “Eyeore” about life – even when my “inner donkey” is threatening to kick out… And thought I would share some of my weight loss “reasons to be cheerful” with you.
1. By signing up for WLR you have taken positive action.
The clue is in the sentence. “Positive Action”, nothing negative about that at all. You have identified an issue and you are taking steps to change the situation. That’s a great start.
2. By logging in and checking the forums and my headspace you are actively participating in the journey of others.
Your weight loss journey is utterly unique but some of the issues and difficulties, and also the great days and the victories, are experienced by so many of the WLR-ers that by contributing and sharing you may very well be the one who gives another member the big hug of support or the kick up the rear that they need! This can make all the difference to someone’s journey. Never underestimate just how powerful we are as a community. It’s one of the great strengths of WLR… and a really positive part of what makes WLR work.
3. This is one of those rare occasions when you are allowed to make it “all about you”.
I’ve written before about how important YOU are. YOU are the only you that you have. You owe it to yourself to give yourself the best of everything. Here you will learn how to nourish YOU. How, with the help of exercise, to maximise all that YOU are capable of, and ultimately make YOU the most efficient amazing YOU that you really want to be. That isn’t selfish or self-absorbed – it’s hugely empowering. To know that YOU have such potential and that, with time and effort YOU can be all you want to be… that is the thought that most inspires me as I make my way through life – whether related to losing weight or just living life.
4. I have made some great friends here on WLR.
These are people that I would never have encountered in real life, but whose opinions and advice I value highly. I consider them my “wing women” and “wing men” on my mission. Sometimes the connection doesn’t have to be physical… a shared idea or experience can be the key to a great friendship. Equally a completely different view can be exactly what is needed… and as much as your “nearest and dearest” have a part to play, sometimes someone just walking the same path can be all the support you need.
5. Staying the Same is Not a Bad Thing (in the short term).
I’ve had a couple of weeks where the scales haven’t shifted. I know exactly why this is the case; I simply haven’t had time to do my “usual” workouts. I’m spending a very great deal of my time making the 7+ hour journey the length of the M6 and my days are busier… but I’m not slacking on the “nutrition” side of my WLR journey. It isn’t easy but it is do-able. And given that in past times of great stress, my “default setting” has been to comfort eat and gain a considerable amount of weight in a short time – right here, right now – Stay the Same is fantastic.
It means that the clothes I’ve brought in from spare wardrobe (which houses the stuff that “I’m too fat to get into” bears testament that I am considerably more slender than I was twelve months ago. Combine that with the fact that I have obviously “changed my habits” because I haven’t reverted to “old habits” at the first sign of a struggle… and I think I have good reason to be proud. I don’t want STS to be the story for ever after, but right here, right now, STS is Okay… and sometimes Okay is absolutely good enough.
These are just my insights from my WLR journey and what life has thrown at me recently. I’m positive (note the use of that great P word) that you can come up with your own. Give it a try. No matter how bleak things might seem there will be at least one thing that shines a light in what seems to be darkness. Find it. Hold on to it. Acknowledge that it is there because of YOU. Celebrate it… and be cheerful.
With a huge hug to all my fellow WLR-ers.