Here is a great example of what happens to attitude when people approach weight loss with a long-term outlook. (from one of my group participants)
Every summer my family (6 siblings, spouses, children) get together one weekend in summer for a Brewer game and associated frivolity. By frivolity, I mean: lotsa beer, food, music, sun, fun and story telling. It starts on Saturday . . . and goes on until about noon today (Sun) after we finish a home-cooked breakfast (by my master short order chef sis-in-law). Then they all take off . . . .
I’m sitting in my living room with a houseful of sleeping relatives (6:30 am). When I finish this e-mail, I’ll get ready to leave for morning spin and training. When I’m done at (the club), I’ll join all for the departure feast.
Fitness and healthier living is all so much a part of my life now that I WANT to do this in spite of all of these family activities. I’m not missing anything (except drinking and eating a little less) and I come out of the whole weekend feeling a TON better than I did in prior years.
My point? I’m doing this because I want to. It’s for me and only for me. I’m not offending anyone, although I’m sure some think I’m crazy. Sure, I could’ve taken the whole weekend “off” – but I wouldn’t come out of it feeling as good. And there’s always a relaxing nap on the deck waiting for me this afternoon.
I didn’t really have the knack for taking care of my own needs when this BIG family was around. I’m the oldest female (caregiver role). It feels good to put ME first – and realize that the world doesn’t stop spinning on its axis when I do!
This kind of attitude takes time to develop – so give it the time. . . and practice. It is not natural for many of us to make ourselves a top priority. On top of that, habits are not conscious, making them resistant to change without focused attention.
The good news: This is what really happens when you keep with it.