October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I am sure that we have all heard the endless reminders to get our annual exams, right? I know the mammogram can be painful (or at least uncomfortable) but necessary in the prevention of breast cancer. This is NOT another blog about the reasons why you should go – although after 10 years, I did finally go this week. I also had a bone density test, you know the one they do as you get older. Yes, I am getting older – at the ripe age of 56, I am feeling some of those aches and pains more than I did in my 20’s.
Part of the bone density test is to measure your height and weight. Of course, I wanted to take my sneakers off for the weight part but I think I should have left them on for the height. I have been 5’4″ for as long as I can remember. My goal weight at Weight Watchers is based on this. I mean they don’t actually measure you unless you don’t know your height so who is going to know if I am an inch shorter, right? The change in height changes my goal weight – UGH! Goal weight for Weight Watchers (and my doc who is NOT flexible) was 146 NOW it is 141. Five more additional pounds to reach goal. For some that may not seem like a lot but for ME it is like trying to skydive out of a plane (an impossibility). I have been struggling the last month, playing the yo-yo game, making excuses as to why I couldn’t track, blaming health issues, eating things out of habit/comfort and not going to meetings because of work. Put all of that together and I have not really lost any weight in about 2 months. A plateau that I am ready to overcome. I can’t ever remember weighing 141 pounds but I will give it my BEST try.
I am going to remember that it is progress NOT perfection. So, when I slip and don’t track or eat too much, that is not the end all to be all. I can build a bridge and get over it. Right, Nicole?
So, what are your reasons (excuses) for not going for your mammogram, not following your path, not reaching for your dreams? Reasons are just excuses – giving ourselves permission NOT to DREAM BIG, reach for the stars and go for the gold. In 5 years or 10 years, do you want to look back on your life and say “What if I had…….(fill in the blank)? Or, do you want to say, I did my best?
I challenge you today to set you goals, DREAM BIG and give it your best shot. Baby steps are all that it takes.
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!