Oh man, it’s Monday again! I don’t know about you, but this weekend went so fast for me! I swear, it feels like I was just driving home from work. But oh my goodness, the weather! I’m sorry .. I never wanted to be a lady that feels the need to talk about the weather. But the weather determines so much of our activities and our moods. So I just have to say it – our weather in Salt Lake was out-of-this-world aMAZing! Lots of sitting on the balcony with a drink in my hand. It sure is makin’ it hard to enter a week spent in a cubicle at the office.
Okay, but really… I’m supposed to be making Monday easier for you… not more difficult! So let’s get this week off to a good start!
So I have got to tell you a story about the beginning of my recovery journey. It didn’t start with therapy. It didn’t start with checking myself into a recovery center. I actually didn’t even know I was going into recovery. I knew one thing, and that was that something in my life had to change. I couldn’t live a life where food was the enemy anymore. I didn’t want to fight with food. I didn’t want food to rule my life. I wanted to be in charge. So I took one step that would put me closer to that place in my life. I got myself a gym membership and I set myself a place at the dinner table, which was something I hadn’t done in over a year.
I never once said I was going to work on getting recovered. I didn’t really know what would happen and what the next step would be. But I knew I just had to make one little step in the right direction, and then maybe eventually, something would stick, and I would be able to live a healthy life where I was in charge.
So how can this apply to your life? Maybe you are trying to lose a large amount of weight. Maybe you have a goal to compete in a fitness competition. Maybe you are also trying to beat disordered eating habits. Looking at the big picture can be really scary and overwhelming. And thinking about all the steps to get there may be enough to prevent you from even taking that first step. MAYBE you don’t even know all the steps involved.
The key though is to at least take the FIRST step. Do just enough research to know what that first teeny tiny step is and get moving on it. After you get a hold of that little step, you can take on the next little one. Eventually all the steps will add up, and you will be there. You will have reached your goal.
As Dory in Finding Nemo says: Just Keep Swimming. After swimming and swimming, you will eventually find your way. Thinking about having to work out 6 days a week every week, is enough to make you go crazy. But if you think about it in smaller terms, it’s not quite as bad. Just think, “Today, I must workout, as that is a step I need to take to become healthier.” Once you reach the following day, you make a new goal for the day, which may be working out also… but the point is that you’re just focusing on what is going on at the moment.. not the whole overwhelming slew of steps. You just.keep.swimming.
As I said before, I didn’t know I was going into recovery, but I got there. After signing up for a gym membership and setting myself a place at the table, I took the next step. I started really listening to my body and its hunger signals. Once I got a hold of that, I moved on to introducing some foods that were previously forbidden. There were a few other steps in between, but I didn’t necessarily know what they were going to be.
I am proud to say though… that I am Here. I have reached my goal of recovery, and I’ve been here for 2 years. The steps to get here were unknown, but I just kept on swimming until I realized that I’d made it.