Reading over at Jenny's place the other day: http://www.delightfuloak.com/im-beautiful-no-matter-how-fat-i-get/ and over at Mark's Daily Apple: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/do-your-workouts-feel-like-a-chore/
I've been through this cycle lately - well, end of last year. I was dieting very strictly, which was awesome until it stopped working... except that it wasn't awesome, because it left me really obsessed with food. And exhausted. It took months to get back to myself - and I gained all the weight back, plus more. Typical for most radical diets, not typical for my diets. :/ Usually I pop up a bit, but not past the mark.
So I started back up with health in mind, rather than "I must lose 10lb by next week". Started doing T-Tapp again, which my body likes. It gives me better posture, shortens my cycles, etc. Puts on muscle, tightens me up quickly, but it doesn't lead to quick weight loss. C'est la vie. But though my body likes the results, sometimes I do have to poke myself to get the workouts in. Being muscle-sore gets old, and I get muscle sore from filing my nails, I think.
Yesterday the kids and I hit the beach for the first time this summer. The kids have gotten big enough, and good enough at swimming that I don't have to hold hands constantly and watch them every-single-second, which means I can swim along with and really swim and have fun. It was FUN. I was sooo stiff last night, having bounced and frolicked in the waves for an hour (jump, dive, bounce, fight current). But I had soo much fun. And today I got up and T-Tapped - because I loved how much stronger I am and how much more flexible. Motivation. I want to go back, and I want to go back soon! :)
So, this is dove-tailing with some stuff I was thinking about, some stuff I'm working on in my life, and over at HHH.
Sometimes you have to do the right things because they're the right things. In fact, I think that's mostly what we really should be concentrating on - doing the right things and chilling out about the results. We're not always in control of the results. Oh, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't adjust our course if something is clearly off... but if you know you're doing right? Just keep doing it.
My new order of operations goes like this:
Pray. (Ask direction, ask blessing)
Do your best.
Leave the results to God.
Now.... let's see how I do with putting that into action. ;)