Small victories

Some people live life month to month, week to week, or day to day. However, sometimes I try to live almost second by second. This isn't something I've always strived to do, but rather something I'm slowly working myself towards. I make repetitive errors just like everyone else, and I'm trying to stop the process. So, towards this end I'm trying to see progress in small victories.

Being part of the-diet has lent itself to many small victories. I figured I'd note just a few of them.

The first one that comes to mind happened just today. Eliza and I had to run some errands and while we were out we stopped at Subway for lunch. Typically, even while on a diet, I'll shove down a 12-inch sub, a pack of potato chips, and diet soda. Does this fit into my daily-caloric intake? Sure. Do I need to eat that much at lunch time? Absolutely not. Today, after recalling a recent success story shared to us on our Flickr group, I opted for the 6-inch sub. After eating it (slowly), I was more than satisfied and much happier with myself.

Another small victory happened at the tail end of playing about four hours of basketball on Monday. I mentioned this briefly in my week three weigh-in, but I wanted to make sure I made a point of this. When you are on a diet you gain much more than you lose. Sure, you lose weight, pant sizes, and inches - but you end up gaining energy, stamina, and enjoyment out of everyday activities.

Kevin, who is also on the dieters list, mentioned about his experience recently of meeting up with an old friend and how he wondered what she thought of his weight. I have had this happened to me on more than one occasion over the years and I am hoping that one day I will be able to add this to my list of small victories, wondering how the person I am meeting has gained so much weight and them wondering how I still look so good.

[tags]diet, the-diet, personal, victories[/tags]