Janelle Brown: Drifting
It’s funny how you sometimes find yourself getting caught up in life and just letting some things coast. I have to admit that this past month that has been the case with my weight loss. I wasn't gaining weight, but I wasn't losing any either. My fitness mentor Sean was still kicking my butt, but my head just wasn't in the game. I'd like to blame it on the summertime, with our insane Vegas heat draining the life out of me. Or blame it on the distractions of family events like Mariah and Aspyn's recent graduation festivities. But in reality I had just relaxed my focus and started drifting.
Once you are in it, "The Drift," as I'll call it, is really hard to escape. You begin to rationalize and procrastinate, the guilt becoming less and less each day. I am grateful for my fitness mentor who finally gave me a pretty good wakeup call, but for those of you out there identifying with my drift problem, that much-needed call-to-action can come a loved one, friend or other confidant, too.
It is a hard step to go from inaction to action especially when the goal you are pursuing isn't shiny and novel anymore. I found value in seeking out someone I could trust. It worked so well, I'd recommend it. Ask that person in your life to talk to you about where you are and what it will look like when you reach your end goal. And yes, I did say what it looks like. Not what you will physically look like, even though that is part of it, but what life looks like when you achieve your goal. For example, does it mean you can hike on your family camping trip, or does it mean you turn heads at the next family reunion? Maybe it is what life is like when you are smaller and stronger. For me it was very powerful to find some pictures and other images that really represented to me what it would be like to have the strong healthy body I was striving for. Images that had such meaning for me that I was once again empowered. Paint yourself a vision of the new reality then do some healthy visualizations and shake out of that funk!