Greg and I were talking about this during one of our weekly coaching sessions, and she asked me the absolute best question: “Why is it okay for the commitments you make to yourself to be less important than the commitments you make to other people?” Uhhhh… I sat there for a moment in total (and REALLY uncomfortable) silence, and struggled to come up with one single reason that I did everything I said I was going to do for the rest of the world, yet continued to let myself down. Holy crap! Perspective is an amazing (and sometimes disturbing) thing!
She provided me with a really cool tracking tool that helps me make sure I’m keeping my commitments to myself. I write down specific goals — it works for any commitment I make — then check them off when they’re completed. It sounds simple, but it’s SO powerful. It takes about 10 seconds, and I can see, right there in black and white, if I’m keeping my word to myself. And I am — most of the time!
As for my weight loss, I’m still standing on top of the first plateau. But this time, instead of pitching a tent at Camp Self Pity, I’m hiking steadily to the other side. I am taking the time to appreciate the good news my tape measure continues to share (9 inches gone!) and the fact that I’m fitting into clothes I haven’t worn in a really long time. The scale may not be showing it, probably because I’m building some serious fat-burning muscle (c’mon, think positive with me!), but I can now SEE progress in the mirror. YEAH!