Hi everyone! We’re bloggin’ out of the box today because it’s a new month, a new week, and I really feel like this could be the last dreaded week of this crazy winter!! Lets hope so, right?!
And, obviously, I have something that’s been fueling the fire in my soul. 🙂
I have not always been a mentally and emotionally strong person. Heck, I consider them to be areas that I constantly work on NOW and don’t know if I will ever be great at it. Lately, my mental and emotional strength have been tested in a new way. Last year, my strength was tested by the thought of having to say goodbye to one of the most important people in my life. These tests lately seem petty compared to that, but it’s the revelation I’ve had in tackling them that I want to talk about here! 🙂
Anyway…like everyone these days, my plate is full and overflowing.
I have 10 drafts of blogposts on my blogwriter that probs won’t get published until summer. I’m at lab 12 hours a day. I’ve gained a few pounds over the past month. And in general, some other things just haven’t swung my way. Basically, the little things have been adding up. Over the past few weeks I have felt more glimpses of failure, even though I haven’t really officially “failed” at anything. In an effort to continue the good fight of healthy living though, I’ve battled this demon by a simple phrase from a quote I saw on pinterest and it has worked wonders for me.
“Get over it…”
More specifically, “buy a bag and get over it”
that picture is not necessarily my favorite, but the quote sticks with me.
A couple weeks ago, I had to relinquish/resign from a really cool blogging opportunity, due to timing and my new job this fall. I was crushed. Even though blogging isn’t my life, it gives me so much joy and I am thankful for any opportunity it brings my way. The same week that I found out I had to step away from this, i also lost some data for my dissertation. I also was starting a new phase of a study (MY LAAAAAST STUDY!) that I hadn’t been able to thoroughly plan out, leaving myself scrambling and not getting quality results.
Naturally, I called my mom at the height of it all and she graciously listen to me complain (I am not proud of this, but I’m being honest).
After that phone call, I then thought to myself, “well, dwelling isn’t helping,… what can I do right now to fix this?”
Then i remembered the saying above, “buy a bag and get over it” ….and it translated to, do one thing that makes you happy in the moment and use that to fuel the positivity to keep moving on.
This day, my “bag” was Cheetos. I simply wanted Cheetos.
So I bought some, ate them, and felt a million times better. Simple as that. Later that day, that little spark of positivity inspired me enough to get to the gym and get a great workout in (letting out frustration and fueling positivity works makes for FABULOUS workouts).
For me, because positivity feeds off positivity, I was making a plan for tackling my emotions and the reality later that night and took a step back to remember the bigger picture– right now, graduate school is my main priority because graduating needs to happen (what up, June?!)! I’m going to have an awesome degree and my dream job is waiting for me this fall. In the end, those positives outweigh the setbacks because they didn’t compromise my bigger picture.
I firmly believe that this mentality relates directly to healthy living and weight loss. Setbacks are inevitable. Temptations happen. Instead of dwelling on it, I encourage you to turn a negative into a positive and use that to launch yourself forward. The littlest things, like splurging on a small bag of baked cheetos, can help set you on the right path to happiness and towards living your best, healthy life. It’s the only way to go. 🙂
Now you tell me…how do YOU handle setbacks? AND, what’s been making YOU happy lately?