Coach V. put up a video yesterday — just a quick note about a few things to keep in mind as we start this little trip we’re all taking together — and one of the ideas that she touched upon was that we needed to remember that progress wasn’t always going to be in a straight line.
I’m considering making a flashing neon sign out of this sentiment and mounting it in my house. Perhaps in every room, even. That way I might not be able to ignore that bit of wisdom when I become frustrated and disappointed and all of a sudden I rationalize that I now have a great excuse to completely fall off the wagon. You know, maybe put an end to the “I didn’t lose any weight this week! Let’s have a full pizza and a gallon of ice cream to drown my sorrows!” (and don’t think I haven’t done that before…)
This is a long haul type of deal here. Not even just the year that I signed up for, either. This is the rest of my life, baby! And my sanity will depend on truly internalizing that picture up above. There are going to be weeks where I do absolutely everything right and will gain weight. And that’s okay. The flip side of that: there will also be weeks where I cut every corner and still manage to lose a pound or two. And that’s okay, too!
Progress will be two steps forward, one step back. And – again – repeat after me – THAT’S OKAY. I mean, I’ve got a neon sign telling me it is. How could that be wrong?
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