In life, there are things you can control and there are things that you cannot control. I have come to the conclusion, that when it comes to my life, I'm only going to concern myself with the things I can control.
I can control what I eat, what I drink, how much sleep I get and how much I exercise. If I want to succeed and get to my goal weight, as well as being healthy and in as good a shape as I can be, then I need to exercise self discipline and control the things I can control.
That means as well as eating the right things, it means choosing to control the portion sizes, what goes on my plate and in my mouth, the time I eat it and where I eat it. I don't need to be concerned with what everyone around me is going - I can't control their choices, only mine. I can make the right choices, because its within my control.
It means choosing to go to the gym, or go for a run, instead of choosing to lie in bed or make excuses not to go. Its something I can control. No-one can make me go, no-one can stop me from going - its my choice. I can measure my food and drinks, and be honest with myself.
I can't control the weather, or if my car breaks down, but it doesn't have to mean I give up. I can control what I can control and I am going to believe me. If my other half doesn't want to get up and come with me - guess what - its his choice. I am not going to be influenced any longer by the things I can't control.
I can control the housework, the things I do with my time, the places I go, the things I say and how I treat others. Those things are up to me. I can't control the news, or what is happening in the world. I can't control illness, or disasters, or accidents. I can't control what other people do or say, or how they might feel or not feel.
When it comes to my life, I can control who I spend my time with, I can choose what I wear, I can control how I treat myself. I can control the products I use, the holidays I take, the way I drive my car, the way I present myself. Sure I can work on the things I am not good at, and get better at the things I enjoy, those things I can control. I can't control how much things cost, I can't change my height, or my easily burnt skin. But I can control what I spend, on what, and how much I take care of myself.
If I can't control it, then I'm not going to worry about it any more. I am going to control what I can control and spend my time focused on the things that matter to me. I am going to choose that skinny latte, and that low cal ricecake - I can control that. That is my motivation for this week.