Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A nasty shock

Got on the scales this morning and leapt off very quickly. Time to get serious. Flab is gathering about my hips and while it's not horrendous I feel happier when I weigh less so please note my resolve and tell me off if you see me eating something naughty - or at least too much of it.

Trouble is I've been feeling a bit stressed recently. Not sure why. When I'm on a high or even a plateau I can cope but if I'm teetering I fall easily into 'I can't do this' mode. And we all know that stressed spelled backwards is desserts so I'm pulled towards chocolate at these times. 

A vicious circle, a ride that it's hard to get off. But I can do it. I was half-heartedly listening to a TED talk yesterday (Husband was in the same room listening to it) and the speaker was talking about reasons why we'll never have a great career or even a good career. (Larry Smith on Why you'll fail to have a great career was addressing a younger audience; it's in the quarter-life crisis group of talks.) Which sounds quite negative but I recognised lots of the reasons as the excuses I give for not submitting my manuscript or generally believing in myself. 

Unfortunately it takes more than being inspired to change an attitude borne of many years.

Come on, girl, shake a leg. Get with the beat. Hakuna matata. And other jollying phrases.


Rose said...

I never realized before that stressed is desserts spelled backwards. Well, that explains my weight problem:)

Liz Hinds said...

Absolutely, Rose!

nick said...

"Stressed spelled backwards is desserts"- I like it. I've always been a bit of a timid person so "I can't do this" tends to come up quite a lot. I have to keep telling myself that plenty of other people can do whatever it is, so why not me?

Ole Phat Stu said...

And "Backwards" anagrams into "Drawbacks", FWIW.

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

I would say I lack confidence because of negativity through my lifetime , all the knocks that came from teachers, even my mum , sister and brother, even partners, But even what has happened to us in our lives , all has a negative or positive effect.

I don't way myself at all , just feel the fit of my clothes , go to the gym and go from there. I do love my curves now .. :-) Not too curvy though .

Anne in Oxfordshire said...

Ooops just got home from work so a bit tired ...

Way was meant to been WEIGH!!!

Liz Hinds said...

It's true, Nick. We just have to learn to believe it.

Too many drawbacks, Stu.

Why do people feel they have to point out what they see as our weaknesses I wonder, Anne? As you say the results last long into our lifetimes.

Cheerful Monk said...

I never really wanted a "career." I wanted to be engaged in life, to find something I loved doing. I was attracted to my husband because he wasn't interested in status or fame, he simply enjoyed working.

I once took a workshop aimed at motivating us. I was supposed to visualize having written a book, imagine the feeling of success, the praise and recognition I would get, having the finished product in my hand. But that's not what I wanted. I wanted to enjoy the process of writing. No, no. That wouldn't work at all, I was told.

So much for that workshop. It was worth the money to clarify what I really wanted.

Does anyone else ever feel this way?

Liz Hinds said...

I've never been career-minded either, Cheerful Monk. All I ever wanted to be was wife and mother. But I do want to have a book published. For the success I suppose but only insofar as it means that I would have the pleasure of knowing many people read and enjoyed my words.

My husband is like yours although it wasn't so much working he enjoyed as family time and doing stuff for and with us. While others played golf with the boss in order to progress he preferred to play with the children.