Not sure if you noticed, but I have been in a weird place this week.
I haven't blogged as much because the reality is that other than the mundane, money eating stuff going on around here, the only thing I have to talk about is weight loss and exercise.
It's really the only thing I have "made time" for in the past 2 weeks. I haven't done crafts. I haven't cooked anything amazing. I haven't redecorated anyone's house. And I only went shopping long enough to redeem all my free coupons and hit up Rite Aid for my $71 of free cold and flu supplies. But none of that is something I would think you would care to hear about. Or maybe none of that is something I would want to blog about right now.
Because my focus is honed.
My goal is set.
And I have spent all of my free time exercising.
The dreaded 30 Day Shred.
Over and over and over.
I have just over 10 weeks to reach my weight goal.
And I need to lose an average of 2 lbs. per week over the next 10 weeks to hit it.
And there are two holidays that mostly revolve around food in the next 10 weeks.
Can I do it?
I am beginning to doubt myself.
But I am slowly remembering something. (And my friend, Sarah, posted an amazing post today that really helped me!)
Rome wasn't built in a day.
Cliche? Very much so.
True? Even more so.
There is a story in the Bible about the people of Israel, who had just been released from captivity to go home to a land where everything that had once been was no longer. They had no homes, no protection, but they were never without a future.
So they started to build.
One block at at time.
One wall at a time.
One day at a time.
They built. And built. And built.
Until they had a wall to protect them. They had houses to live in. And they had a city to build a community in.
If they had gone into it thinking about the big picture, they could have gotten so overwhelmed that nothing would have ever happened.
"We can't build a whole city with just us!"
I know it's silly to compare. But my wall is my weight. And if I continue to look at it as a giant wall of weight, I may get discouraged and give up.
But I know, that it's one step at a time. One day at a time. One workout at a time. One meal at a time. And I only need to focus on what comes next.
The bigger picture gets so overwhelming.
Especially when you are stacked with all the other things that life has to offer you - a stressful job, a messy house, an almost toddler who is into everything, bills out the waaaaaaaa zoooooooooooooo....
But to reach a goal - any goal - no matter what it may be.
You have to be focused.
You have to do whatever comes next.
So I am doing whatever comes next.
How about you? Do you have a wall? If so, how's it coming? You halfway up? Or have you lost some blocks on your way to the top?
Refocus. Regroup. Rebuild.
It's good for your soul.
P.S. To anyone who is interested, I managed to run 2.5 miles in 26:36 yesterday. Meaning I am only .6 away from my 5k goal! And I feel amazing.