Friday, November 4, 2011

What's the Rush?

I have a tendency to want everything NOW! I think it's called instant gratification! When I wanted to lose weight I wanted it gone....fast! When I decided to get rid of all of my stuff I wanted it all gone yesterday. I was feeling suffocated and blocked from what I felt was another life waiting for me on the other side of all of my clutter. But I've come to realize that my "stuff" is not all bad, it's not bad at all, most of it is just irrelevant to another kind of life I'm ready to live.



Since going through a lot of my stuff, I'm finding some really cool stuff! At first my attitude was "so what, I don't care how cool it is, it's gotta go!" Now I can see that, sure, I have to get rid of a lot of stuff but I don't have to get rid of everything. It's the same thing with food, there's some really cool foods out there, but you don't have to get rid of everything! There's no rush to any kind of finish line but, for me, there had to be a rush to start! We all have to start somewhere. Starting is key, the key to consistency, and consistency is everything.



I dislike the description "journey" or "process", instead I prefer words, descriptions like "exploration", or maybe "creation", but journey is a term commonly used and understood, so I'll use it. I did not want to compare my journey towards minimalism to weightloss, and I'm not. My own experience is proof that one does NOT need to keep a minimalist home or lifestyle to be of healthy bodyweight. But I think at some point the natural progression to permanent weightloss is to start editing out the irrelevant food and eating habits that are keeping us from the life we want to live. Don't we all want a healthy and fit life with a body we treat with respect and love. There is no finish line when it comes to health, but an ongoing process that requires consistency.



Some people need a slow and steady start, while others, like me, need to hit the ground running.....it's up to the individual. But don't wait to start! Suit up and show up, the rest of your life is waiting.


10 comments:

guy said...

Great post Ma'am. Look up the term Shibumi, it replaced the term "journey" for me.

Maribel said...

I said it this morning to you in person, but I'll say it again. I love witnessing your "process" when you're going through anything any particular. Thanks for sharing with it with us.

Tracy Reifkind said...

guy,

I couldn't find a clear definition....maybe you could describe what the meaning is to you?

Tracy Reifkind said...

Maribel,

Thank you! Things, new things, new thoughts, new action is happening at light speed these days...at least that's how it feels...in a good way.

And I'm not talking about book deals, photo shoots or fame and fortune, I'm talking about personal growth, the kind that leads to knowing what your purpose is because you create it! You design it and once you clear out the peripheral crap of your old thinking habits you open up very deliberate and exciting possibilities for a new ,better and brighter future!

guy said...

Three defintions dominate my mind. 1. Something so true it does not need to be correct. 2. Authority without domination. 3. The most elegant simplicity. Hope that was useful.

Tracy Reifkind said...

guy...very! Thank you.

Mark Reifkind said...

guy

loved that book :))

Barney/IB138 said...

Yep. I have a problem with wanting instant gratification too. I usually just blame it on ADHD. I'm down from a high of 320lbs but my body weight has been bouncing between 255 and 260lbs for a long time now. Thanks for the reminder to stay the course.

Peace~Barney

IronBearFitness

Barney/IB138 said...

also .. I just linked you at Everything Strength for others who may need a reminder. BTW, you look great.

Peace~Barney

IronBearFitness

Tracy Reifkind said...

Barney,

Thanks for the link...and I feel great!

As far as staying the course....

"The course" is not the "weightloss" course, it's the "who am I now?" course. Are your eating behaviors and foods those of who you envision yourself to be? Is your training that of who you envision yourself to be? If something doesn't match up, then no biggie, move on!

I'm not really trying to "figure" anything out, it's just coming to me lately! And I have to say it's making more and more sense giving me tons of new insight and relief (to me relief can also means trust).