Nancy Polstein | Harder Than It Seems
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Harder Than It Seems

30 Jun Harder Than It Seems

As you might be able to tell, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything here.  A few months actually. . . and I’m not really sure how that happened.  When I first launched my website, I was certain that I was going to take the good advice that I had been given by a number of sources and blog each week.   I started strong . . . I had a number of things that I wanted to talk about and I found that the forum offered by this website was a comfortable place to come and write.  And that has not changed.  But I got busy, and distracted, and somehow I was just finding it hard to carve out the time to sit and write and hit the “send” button.  As the weeks went by, I started feeling a little disappointed in myself for my lack of discipline, and it started to feel easier to not deal with the whole blogging issue than to come to terms with the reality that it had been such a long time since I had checked in.

Hmmm. . . . this is sounding like a very familiar story, isn’t it?  Replace the words “blog/write” with “diet/exercise” and it feels like a very familiar story indeed.  The fact is that committing to a new habit, or a new discipline, is tough work.  The excitement and the energy of having a new plan gives way quickly to the stark reality that staying with a new plan is hard.  And getting back on track after a setback is harder still.

Tonight I decided just to jump back in.  I sat down to write without an agenda, without a plan and really without even much of an idea of what I was going to say.  I realized that it didn’t really matter what I said. . . the point was saying SOMETHING.  I decided to trust that whatever needed expression would find its way out, and that I could relax into the process without having to manage the outcome.  Really, I chose to be at peace with where I am right now, rather than obsess or regret all that I haven’t written in the past few months.

And so it is with weight loss. . . wherever you are in this process and whatever has been going on these past few months – I invite you to relax into a calmer state and trust that you can start right now to create a happier relationship with your body.  Maybe you haven’t been as disciplined as you had imagined you would be.  Maybe the summer body that seemed so attainable a few months isn’t where you want it to be.  And maybe you are still locked into a struggle with your closet, or your pantry, or your shopping cart.  I say, it’s all okay.  Take a deep breath, forgive yourself for whatever it is that you think you have done wrong, or whatever time you think you have wasted. . . and know that it is a perfect time to re-connect with your goals and your habits.

I wish you a happy holiday weekend and hope that you are spending some time in places and with people that bring you joy.