Saturday, April 16, 2011

“M” Is for the Pivotal Moments

I have discovered that my weight loss successes as well as my failures really come down to moments. Every day is made of dozens of these moments. How I face them determines the outcome.

Should I go through the drive-thru at the bank or park the car and walk inside? Should I put an extra spoonful of rice on my plate when no one is looking or skip it? Should I exercise for ten more minutes or call it a day? These and so many other choices come at me throughout the moments of my day.

Each one of these moments presents an opportunity for me to change my life. Every time I make the right choice, I am rewarded with self-respect and perhaps eventually weight loss. When I miss those opportunities, I am sometimes filled with self-loathing and perhaps punished with weight gain.

Sometimes I am able to recognize the hidden challenges in these moments and sometimes I am not. And even when I recognize the moment for what it is, I am weak and give in to it. Those are my moments of failure and I know it.

My challenge as I go forward is to do better in those moments my own human weakness threatens to drag me down. This seems such a somber post but as I think about this, I am convinced it is the key to making changes.


L.L. Woodard said...

Theresa, I believe you've hit the mark, not just about weight loss but about truly anything. Life is made of moments, one after another. And it's inspiring to consider we only have to get through one moment at a time.

Langley said...

Good post. I've been facing a few pivotal moments lately and not making the best choices.

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Word Nerd said...

I think you've really nailed it with this one. Those little choices make up the overall outcome--in weight control and pretty much every other thing in life.

My “N” post is right here:

And you can find the “M” one here:

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Heather Henry said...

I think changing habits is key. But definitely difficult to do. I am in the process right now of trying to change my bad habits and start new good habits, but it's been very difficult and I find most of the time, it's so easy to get sidetracked. Sticking with it is worth it though.

Sylvia Ney said...

Great post and a wonderful reason to blog. In the past year I lost 40 pounds. Unfortunately, I recently gained some back. It can be a constant struggle, but one worth the work (and sometimes tears). Good luck! I’m so glad I found your blog! I’m stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to visiting again.

Angela Felsted said...

Too true. I shouldn't have bought those Oreos at the grocery store.

M Pax said...

The journey is made up of many pivotal moments. Stick with it and find a way to love what you're doing for yourself. :) Worked for me.

nutschell said...

great post! we certainly must make every moment count.

Great meeting you through the A-Z :)


Eliza Wynn said...

Congratulations on your resolve. I recently started taking my own baby steps toward better health. It's not easy, but I have to do it.

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