BINGO Blog about Successes
Monday, November 07, 2011
Sometimes it's really easy to get bogged down by the things that don't go the way you think they should...the pounds that don't come off, the extra calories you ate last night at the restaurant, the missed workouts, whatever. It's so easy to focus on what you did wrong that you can miss what you did right.
Sometimes it can be helpful to step back and ask yourself, but what did I do *right.*
For example, this past weekend:
I drank my water. Even though I wasn't home so the tap water had that chlorine taste I hate (I have a filter at home) I drank it.
Even though I was tired, I drank tea rather than extra soft drinks. It wasn't even particular good tea for the most part (hotel lipton tea, bleah) but I drank it.
I went swimming both Friday and Saturday night--and managed to swim 10 continuous laps Friday night and 8 Sunday night.... in a pool rather longer than the one we have here. I swam for a little more than 20 minutes both nights and Saturday swam literally to the point of muscle fatigue, when I just couldn't do it any more.
I ate lots and lots of fruits and vegetables (one of the big perks of living in Michigan are fresh apples from a cider mill, and we stopped at a Cider Mill on our way up north. Plus we had lots of fresh cut vegetables too for snacks etc.)
I managed to get a fair number of BINGO points this weekend even though I didn't have internet access.
I don't know about you, but what keeps me going are the mini-successes like that. I won't be running any marathons any time soon; right now even the dream of a hip without pain seems like a fantasy. But I keep going because I can see those small victories, those micro-successes. They add up.