It’s been a bit wild up here! Last night bought heavy winds and horizontal rain…and today has been much the same!
So we decided to play it safe and stick to craft shops! The problem with craft shops is that once you’ve seen one…
The scenery is gorgeous regardless of the weather though…
Anyway. Embracing challenges – the subject of today’s blog post is in honour of me booking to go rock climbing next week…and booking to go on a canoe wilderness safari for another day next week. The only issues surround the fact that I am not too fond of boats or heights!
The boat thing is as a result of childhood trauma. I went in a rowing boat with my Dad and Grandad as a toddler and it had some water in the bottom of it. I thought we were sinking. I then proceeded to stand up in the middle of the rowing boat and scream at the top of my lungs until they rowed me back to shore. It was a interesting moment for onlookers at the local country park! I am not too sure of where the height issue stems from…I did read somewhere that we are born with a fear of heights…but that could be bullshit designed to make people like me feel better.
I am extremely concerned about not being able to get off the ground when climbing – I am 23st and whatever lbs I might be now – and I am even more concerned about falling out of the fecking canoe and not being able to get back in…and having to be towed ashore like a whale. But feck it – you can’t live life worrying about it…you have to grab it by the balls!
So – I am embracing my fears. I will keep you updated on how those days go. My niece and nephew are coming climbing with me. Mr WLB is even more scared of heights than I am…so he is going to watch me whilst eating cake! He and I are going canoeing alone…my sister is a bit worried about me taking the kids canoeing in the Highlands I think.
The reason I wanted to mention ‘embracing challenges’ is that it is a topic that crops up quite regularly during my coaching work with people – both the life coaching and executive coaching. How do you deal with setbacks or unexpected occurrences…how do you not let these throw you off track…how do you achieve what you want to achieve in the face of adversity – whatever that adversity might be.
Take my recent weight gain. There I was, mooching along 21st 3.5lbs lighter than I had been at my heaviest. I was doing okay but weight loss was soooo slow and didn’t seem to reflect the effort I was putting in. I was then told I had ‘hormone’ issues and stuck back on the medication that I worked so hard to come off in the first place. I put 38lbs on in just five weeks. The last 8lbs were totally deserved as I went so far off the rails that I couldn’t bloody see them. My weight had gone back up…I was as heavy as I had been in February – which wiped out six months of hard work and effort.
Or did it…?
I had to focus on what I had learnt during those six months which would help me get back on track – I shifted 1.5lbs, then 14.5lbs, then 3.5lbs, and then 0.5lbs I think it was. And now I am on holiday – remaining focussed and going fecking rock climbing and canoeing! So a challenge and a setback didn’t have to mean the end of my weight loss campaign.
I am pretty good at helping people recognise their strengths – and this is what is needed during a challenging time…strength. You can learn from challenges so that next time – as there is generally always a next time! – you can take a different approach…you can fine-tune responses so that the challenge doesn’t seem quite so daunting.
Anyway. I read a really nice little piece in Psychologies Magazine which had been written by Martha Roberts. It kind of encourages you to embrace a challenge…have a look for yourself…I guess as it’s been published in a magazine that it might be more reassuring than my ramblings!
That’s it from me for tonight. I am going to settle down and hope that the roof stays in tact tonight!
Today’s food looked like this…
Breakfast: Wilted spinach, tomatoes, Linda Mc sausages, scrambled eggs, and baked beans.
Lunch: Linda Mc sausage and cheese roll (2 x HEA and 2 x HEB) with spinach, tomato, and fruit.
Dinner: Quorn meatball and veggie pasta.
Snacks: Yogurt, Nakd Bar, and some 70% dark choc (15 syns).
Exercise: A lazy day today…a lovely lazy holiday day!
Thank you for reading,
Weight Loss Bitch xxx
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