I am being reminded that manageable increments of time, amounts of exercise, what I put in my mouth... are all doable when I focus on the here and now.
I walked today for a little over an hour, 4 miles. It wasn't super fast, it wasn't this huge strenuous walk that kicked my butt...but I got outside and I moved. I have made good food choices all day (so far.) So today is a good day.
I kept thinking back to what I was doing last summer....walking miles and miles for up to 3 hours a day, running, exercising a lot, stringently (obsessively/legalistically) following my eating plan, and as I thought about *then*....it made *now* feel like less than, like a failure, like its not good enough.
I reminded myself that I started in a very different place than I am now, 1 year ago this month. I have managed to hang on to some progress. About 40lbs worth. My goal is to keep working at it, but I can't let yesterday convince me that today is not enough, or else I won't have the strength to keep going. Today is enough...all by itself. All that I accomplish today is wonderful! Its something. Its progress.