After a long hiatus, a new blog site design and surviving the busiest season at work, I am back to blogging. I could have been back to blogging around 3 weeks ago, but for some reason, I just couldn’t get back on the wagon and start writing again. I like to write, and I like the positive feedback I get from you guys who read my writing. So why is it so hard to get back to it?
It’s just like what has been happening with my diet. As I have said before, I have tried everything, and I mean everything, to lose weight and stabilize my blood sugars. I finally hit on an eating plan that was focused more on WHEN you eat instead of WHAT you eat. It works like a charm and since June I lost 15 lbs. I haven’t been this small since 2001! Of course if I restrict my eating windows a little bit, then restricting them even more must make the weight melt off even faster, right? I tried, but it just made me hungrier. So I decided to get back on the original plan, but have been struggling to do even that.
Once again I have fallen victim to the expectation that things should happen automatically. If we are able to accomplish things or have success in areas, we don’t expect to have to work so hard for it to start moving or keep it moving in the right direction again. Or we don’t expect conditions to change so that we have to alter what is done in order to achieve results.
For example, managing Type 2 diabetes. Isn’t it great when you hit on a lifestyle, or diet, or medication that makes everything work the way its supposed to? But then life happens--work gets busy, or there is a crisis, or money gets tight, or you have an injury and can’t exercise--anything and everything can get in the way. Or, truth be told, sometimes we just get tired of being disciplined and “following the plan”. So we deter just once, and then a second time and find ourselves backsliding and unable to get moving in the right direction again.
When that happens, there are a few steps I look to to try and get the ship moving in the right direction and here they are:
First: forgive yourself for being human. Yup, that’s all it is.
Second: seek help if you think it will make a difference. From a talk with a friend who’s been in your shoes or seeking out professional guidance, everybody needs a ear to listen every so often.
Third: revisit the plan. Sometimes a loss of motivation is a sign that you have changed or circumstances have changed and you need to come up with a new game plan. When you make a wrong turn in the car, the GPS says: “Recalculating your route…” no shame in that game!
Fourth: Don’t give up!!!
So while my diet is not yet back on track, by following my own advice, I am back to blogging. This may not be my best blog post. Its more “general” than “black”, but it comes from the heart of my own experience and I hope that it is helpful to you.
Until next time...