Weighting Is Hard

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I am not going to lie it has been a mental struggle, these past two weeks of Boot Camp. In the middle of week 2 I had a paralyzing face pain, was going to the ER, and my husband found me a dental office open late. Then 2 weeks of pain, root canals waiting to be cleared of infection, more waiting on proper instruments for my abnormally long teeth, and then more waiting to just get canals cleaned….and

I

am

still

waiting................................................................................................................................................................

Waiting is hard.

However, as I have waited, I have learned a few things about myself, food, and exercise. I definitely want to eat when I am on emotional overload and in a waiting season. However, my teeth in pain have kept me from those cookies and pizza and even ice cream. I am proud to say I have stayed on track during this time. But more importantly, as Heather shared: the cravings pass. We do not have to give into them and they just go away. I think the same thing happens with big feelings. They come and want to take over, and if we sit with them, they often move along and things that felt so overwhelming just kinda don’t anymore. It’s been a good season to learn not to react to those big cravings and feelings.

I am also discovering again how vital exercise is to my patience level. I have not been allowed to work out for a few days and am having to dig into the deep reservoirs of my being to find patience for my children and rainy day schedules. Exercise plays such a huge role in my emotional well-being, I crave it. However, life happens, sickness and injuries and guess what? I can still be patient. Exercise is good but it isn’t the end all - be all. I am also learning I can still experience body changes in a great way just by eating right. I think I gave exercise a lot of power before bootcamp, and while it is SO GOOD, I am finally experiencing how important eating right is. Not just for the positive body changing results, but also for a clear mind, more energy and better sleep.

Waiting is hard. Yet, there is something about changing my perspective that helps me wait well. Nancy has been an awesome Coach and reminding me it isn’t just about being in the studio, but about what I am putting into my body. And what I am putting into my MIND. It is also about what I am telling myself and how I am thinking about this time. At first, I felt like I was a bootcamp failure, but I am learning to think better and about how I want these changes to last for life and life happens and is often out of my control. I want to respond well and not react when crises come up or things beyond my control.

So I will keep waiting, with a better mind. How do you wait well?

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Sarah Andrews is a Get Fit member and a Marriage and Family Therapist who practices in Modesto. Learn more about Sarah and her work at www.sarahandrewsmft.com.