Everything was going great. I was eating right, exercising 120 minutes a day, feeling very positive and motivated, and my blood pressure and weight were under control. I was focused like a laser beam on everything I needed to do every single day to continue my journey and I was living a healthy lifestyle. Then some “thing” or many “things” happened and my focus was gone and everything got “out of focus” for me.
WHAT IS FOCUS?
Focus is your ability to gather and direct your attention and concentrate on completing tasks to reach your defined goals.
A big problem area for me has always been distractions and losing focus and getting off track with both my fitness and nutrition plans. I struggle with an “all or nothing” mindset and the months December 2018-February 2019 have really challenged me as I’ve dealt with health problems and time consuming life problems with all the accompanying distractions.
WHAT HAPPENED? HOW DID I LOSE FOCUS THIS TIME?
Writing this now it sounds like an excuse, but a sick pet was the start of my losing focus problem. That had a “snowball” affect and it has gotten to the point where at times “my train has jumped off the healthy lifestyle track”! I have struggled to try to follow my healthy plan and lifestyle. At times, I feel like I’m walking on a high tight rope and I need to really work hard to keep my balance. It all started in December 2018 when my Son’s 12-year old sick dog came to stay with me. He was newly diagnosed with diabetes and he came to me to get well since my Son’s family could not do it because of their daily work schedule. I needed to get his diabetes regulated so he could return to his family with a schedule they could manage and live with. When he came to me he was very sick and had gone from 23 pounds to 17 pounds and that’s a lot of weight loss for a small dog. It’s been very time-consuming dealing with his illness, his appetite loss and trying to get him to eat, trying to get his insulin regulated and give it 2 times a day at 12-hour intervals, and all his doctor visits and hospital stays. As of today (3 months later), he has regained health and 3 pounds, which is great! But, I’m still working on getting his insulin level injections regulated. While dealing with those problems, my nutrition stayed somewhat on track but my exercise and fitness have suffered as I’ve simultaneously dealt with sciatica and a numb right leg because of a bruised nerve. All this, along with my newly elevated blood pressure, fluid retention, and weight gain/fluctuation problems, have interfered with what had been working for me in the past. Every day is a balancing act to keep doing all the things on my daily plan that have worked for me.
WHAT ARE THE PROBLEMS THAT TEND TO GET ME OFF TRACK TO LOSE FOCUS?
Health problems (myself, family members, pets)
Busy lifestyle (too many things to do and not enough time, something suffers)
All or nothing mindset approach
Laziness and wanting to throw in the towel and quit
LIFE IS OVERWHELMING AT TIMES, HOW DO I DEAL WITH ALL THE DISTRACTIONS?
First of all, recognize distractions exist and will always be there.
Recognize if and when there is a pattern to the distractions.
Make a plan and schedule time to deal with the necessary distractions.
Learn to say “No” to unnecessary distractions in order to keep focus.
HOW CAN I STAY FOCUSED? WHAT CAN I DO TO GET MY FOCUS BACK?
- Think through my whole day before I get started.
- Start using the new SparkCoach start page to help manage my daily tasks.
- Decide what tasks I need to focus on that day.
- Make a full pre-commitment about what I’m going to do, how long I’m going to do it, and exclude everything else.
- Work on one thing at a time on my task checklist.
- Set a timer for the amount of time it will take to do the task and don’t allow anything to take my focus away from what I am doing.
- Be accountable and check off completed tasks on start page.
- Use daily self talk to keep myself motivated.
- Do breathing exercises to calm and relax myself.
- Meditate with body awareness meditation for physical problems.
- Schedule and do exercise to help deal with stress.
- Don’t beat yourself up, just get back on track.
10 WAYS TO GET FOCUS BACK
- Make yourself learn how to focus and concentrate.
- Keep your awareness on the task at hand.
- Whenever you feel your awareness drifting, just bring it back.
- To make progress, you must avoid distractions and stay focused on what’s meaningful in
order to reach your goals and achieve the results you want.
- The more focused you are, the more successful you’ll be.
Best wishes to all the SparkFriends who are reading this and hoping you can keep your focus on your goals as you pursue and live your healthy lifestyle. I love SparkPeople and all the help I’ve received over the years. Wishing you all the best life has to offer...