Yesterday was a 4-star day: I maintained the integrity of my calorie budget, I remained refined sugar-free, I met my daily water goal, and I stayed well connected with exceptional support.
When I'm feeling my best, a four-star day is below my personal expectation. When I'm not feeling my best, a four-star day is a miracle. The benefit of experience is a great reminder of how things can go in a not so desirable direction during challenging times. It's also a reminder of what I must do to stay "in the middle." I will not do well if I gravitate toward the extremes; the all or nothing type of mentality where everything is perfect or else it's all trashed. The middle is where I find the good stuff. The middle is where I find a balance even when certain things or circumstances seem way off-balance.
I stayed connected in exceptional ways with good support friends yesterday. I took exceptional care of my food plan. I was proactive in regards to setting some appointments for my personal care. And I feel like I helped a few others yesterday. It's a very natural thing for me to turn inward, isolate, get completely self-involved, and basically shut down when things get difficult. That reaction is found in auto-pilot mode. Turbulence is not a time for auto-pilot. In order to be well and get better, I must take it out of auto-pilot mode, put my hands on the stick and choose intentional actions. I know I'm not alone, this is a very common, deeply ingrained type of thing for many of us. Making the time to step out of that funk, listen to and offer a helpful ear to someone else, does amazing things. It changes things in a positive way. It takes me/us to a better mental space when we do this. Getting outside of ourselves helps us see things we couldn't, like hope and light at the end of the tunnel type stuff.
My morning foundation routine is complete. My plan for good support contacts is in place. My food plan is packed and ready for today. I'm ready to make this a good Thursday.
Is it Thursday? Of course, it is! Throwback time:
|One of my favorite side by side comparison photos|
|Yesterday's Food Plan|
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