Stick With It

Rewrote the end of the manuscript I’ve been working on for a few years now. The first and last chapters always need the most revision. But I think this time I’ve got it. The photo is of the finally finished product. I say finished by that’s just the story I’ve told. Now I need to edit, add chapter headings, and construct a timeline. These are things I’d rather not do, but do them I must. Only then, when I feel the narrative is as tight and the writing as polished as I want it to be, can I send it to my editor.

I have a lot of experience sticking to my writing projects. In other areas of life, I’m not so great. I’ve gained and lost weight for 25 years, never able to stay for long on the slim end of the scale. I’ve also started and abandoned every kind of exercise program you can imagine from running to weight training to every kind of dance class under the sun to yoga. I like yoga best, but even that hasn’t stuck as firmly as I wish.

Which is why when I was at the bookstore the other day, a book called “Stick To It” caught my eye. I’d just had a bad report on my blood sugar from my doctor (I can never stick to the plan not to eat cake, either) and she suggested I go on the Mediterranean diet. While at the bookstore, I picked up a cookbook, too. The Mediterranean food pyramid looks a bit different than the one from the USDA.

Because I’ve been on so many diets, I worry that this is yet another one I won’t be able to stick to. Thus, the new self-help book might finally give me ways to stick to a diet and exercise routine that work for life. Here’s hoping. The subtitle to the book by Sean Young is “A Scientifically Proven Process for Changing Your Life–For Good.”  Young has a process he calls SCIENCE. It’s an acronym for stepladder, community, important, easy, neurohacks, captivating, and engrained.

Over the weekend I finished a couple of chapters. The stepladder concept is simple and makes sense (unlike some of the other words that seem silly, like “captivating” or strange like “neurohacks”). Stepladders are just breaking goals down into manageable steps. Before that, people need to discern what goals are really dreams. Dreams come after you’ve done the work with the steps toward a goal. That makes sense. One step at a time.

I outlined some steps toward my goals of exercising more and eating right. I even rejoined Weight Watchers (the “C” in SCIENCE is) so there’s my community for diet. I bought the cookbook. And each day I’ve used at least one recipe from the cookbook. So, I’m eating Mediterranean. I also joined an online group called Gaia (gaia.com) that has a terrific 20 minute yoga flow. I’ve managed to do that once. I plan to do it again today, but not sure if I will have the time since I need to pack for a much anticipated trip to Seattle to meet my new granddaughter, Julia June, just a few weeks old. We leave early tomorrow morning.

Not bringing the book with me, but I will be grocery shopping for easy Mediterranean fare like hummus and pita and grape leaves. I kind of know how to do this from my years as a vegetarian. I always get lots of exercise in Seattle. Owen likes the playground down the street, Murphy likes a walk, Al loves riding a bike around the neighborhood the kids live in, everybody in that house loves being active, so I know I will be more active than usual too, but in a fun way. I’m sure I’ll be doing my regular sun salutations, and Gaia has a mobile app, so I may even try that. Maybe.

I plan to write a series of posts on “Sticking With It” upon my return from Seattle  I’ll track my progress here. The main goal for this week is to reconnect in real time with my Seattle family. Namaste.

 

 

 

8 Comments on “Stick With It

    • I know what you mean, Jaye. Even before I begin to make positive changes I’m second guessing myself about how weak my resolve is around apple pie and that I’ll likely just be failing again. I have a slew of other negatives too, like “this is not the right time to try this.” I don’t really appreciate myself either. I simply prop myself up by remembering everything I have done that seemed impossible before I began.

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  1. You have been so busy and have had so many changes in your life that it makes sense that eating all the right foods all the time has been tough to do. I bet it will be easier than you think to get back on track – and if anyone can do it you can! I have been thinking of you all week, getting a big dose of “grandkids love.” I have some things I want to do differently going forward so will read with interest about your progress.

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    • Sharon I am just back from the grandkid love fest and it was so wonderful. I made Mediterranean one night which everyone seemed to enjoy and another night we had sushi. Most exercise was walking through airports as we stuck pretty close to home this trip. I am slowly getting all the practical stuff back in place (yesterday groceries and today laundry) so I can spend time working on myself:) Hope you’re enjoying your summer!

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  2. Replying to Jaye here ~ I don’t know about you and Anita but for me I can be “good” for a stretch of time and then I just snap. I feel like “I deserve this I have been so good” or “this is just the way I am and I need to accept it” or some other thing I tell myself to make it okay to binge. I used to think people who had diabetes and ate anything with sugar in it were incomprehensible. Why would they do that? Now I know. It really is a mind thing, with the pleasure centers of our brains craving that delicious feeling of the first bite of pie. Or chips. Or that first sip of wine. It is extremely difficult to override the mind. When I’m on Weight Watchers I give myself a treat after my meeting on Friday. Then over the weekend I loosen up a bit. That’s dangerous and the reason why I need to write down (well, I have an app) everything I eat. I know if I go over my points/calories for the week, I will not lose and it’s very possible I’ll gain. I’m not sure why Weight Watchers works for me. I think it’s peer pressure. When I’m doing it on my own, I get off track much more quickly. And stay off course longer.

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