If you’ve been following along over the last 20 months or so as I make my way towards 50, you will have seen that I’ve stumbled many times along the way. I’ve bumbled down paths that were dead-ends and I’ve retraced my steps more times than I care to admit. Yet, here I am bumbling on some more and finding a measure of success here and there. I was going to state that I am no Wonder Woman, but when I thought about it some more, I realized that not only am I a Wonder Woman, so are you…so are we all, we women and men who raise families and work so hard to improve the world in our own, many varied, ways.
So, busy as I am, I am trying to step back every once in a while and make sure that I am on the right path. Sometimes I juggle so much that I am in danger of dropping not just one ball, but getting off-balance and dropping them all. I find, however, that some of the things I do help me to keep my balance and some are more prone to knocking me off. Exercise has become something that I look to for strength, balance, and even a little grace. It helps me sleep at night too.
Even though I’m not getting as much exercise now as I was in the fall, I continue along my Weekend Warrior way, and with still some measure of success. I even thought I may have broken my weight-loss plateau yesterday, as I’d dropped two pounds…but it was back again today. Yesterday was my day to take my measurements again, as I do every four weeks. I had found a few weeks into my plateau, that I’d actually lost an inch off of my waist, hips, and thighs…those oh-so-critical areas! Well, with still no weight-loss a further four weeks along, I measured again. To my surprise, I’ve lost an additional half inch in each of the critical areas.
My clothes are getting kind of loose on me, but I’m not down a second dress size just yet. I really need to get past the plateau and drop about another 10 pounds before I reach that next goal. I’m dying to clean out my closet, but I’m just too busy and haven’t gotten around to it. I’ve decided to put a box by my closet and every time I try on something and it is too big for me, I’m going to immediately fold it and put it in the box. This way, I’ll get my closet cleaned out eventually and I won’t have to sort through things I already know are too big.
Sometimes it’s those tiny steps that I take that turn into major changes in the end; and sometimes they just end up as another box cluttering up my life…at least for now. Sometimes, being the great procrastinator that I am, I find myself compelled to work on one project when I “should” be working on another…I just go with it. After all, at least I’m getting something done that needs to be done. One friend told me that what you do when you are procrastinating is actually more important than what you are avoiding…your subconscious mind at work. Hmm…
So as I lurch my way forward and sideways and sometimes backwards, but always with an eye to the end results, I encourage you to do so too. Take that first or next step. Even if it’s in the wrong direction, you will learn what doesn’t work and can move on to something else.
Find the Joy in the Journey…celebrate your failures and your successes and even those times when you think you are only holding steady.