Monday, August 15, 2011

How's that Working for You?

  Well it's been a long time since I've blogged, or posted much on Facebook.  It's been a long time since I've done pretty much anything.  I've been in a pretty serious rut for the last few months.  And although I've had some really good "rah-rah" moments of motivation (which have usually led to optimistic blogs and status updates), the truth is that I haven't been able to sustain them for any length of time.  So now I've gained a few pounds back.  Not too many, but any at all is too many if you catch my drift. 
   In general, I've been somewhat unhappy in all areas of my life - feeling very unsuccessful and unmotivated, but not really doing anything about it because it seems overwhelming and I don't know where to start. 
   So last week I had lunch with a friend and we talked about changing things that aren't working.  And while our conversation was linked to one basic topic, I've been thinking about that good old Dr. Phil saying... "How's that working out for you?".   And then I thought about how I would feel sometimes at my old job - inundated with work and feeling paralyzed by the sheer volume of things to be done.  In that situation I always found it better to just pick something and start... usually something simple that I could knock out in a couple of minutes, even if it wasn't the highest priority item on the to-do list.  Just to break the paralysis and get my head in the game.  More often than not, taking care of some simple things helped energize and focus me so that I could successfully tackle the higher stakes things.
  So in my introspection, I realize that there's lots of little things that aren't working for me right now.  Things that are simple to change, but may have a big impact on my overall mental state.  By focusing on a couple of easy things, I'm hoping that some of the mental clutter and clouds will clear away, letting some sunshine back in!  One of those things was finally sitting down to write a blog post, so.... Mission Accomplished!
   In the next post, I'll share some of the things that I've changed, and how they relate to my weight loss journey.  Some are direct.  Others may require a bit more explanation.  But I already feel some of the metaphorical weight has lifted from my mind....and that will help me tackle losing the physical weight.  That's going to work for me.


  1. Yeah! I have missed reading your posts. Funny, something you said was so real to a situation I ran into just this week. Been feeling a little overwhelmed by clutter. I looked at a certain room and had no idea where to start. So I decided to just do one tiny thing every time I walked in there, just do something, and today I can see a big difference. I could have just kept putting it off and gotten nowhere, but instead, took small steps toward a specific goal. Hmmmm. :)

  2. I have found that ANY type of change (even in the name of progress!) is just against our natural human nature. The longest journey starts with just a single step! I luv your posts!