I am totally excited about a new program I am launching at work in July. It's a two month program that challenges employees to try a new, healthy, habit every week - habits like walking, drinking water and gratitude journaling. The program doesn't kick off for a few weeks, but I've started inviting colleagues that have signed up to a closed Facebook group as a means to start creating the social identity of the group.
Early last week I posed the question to the group, "What's good today?" The responses ranged from healthy food choices being made, to meetings that went well to a colleague who shared that her and her husband had put down their phones during dinner. It was all pretty awesome and you can already see some cohesion forming in the group. This is definitely going to be a very positively-focused experience.
In an unrelated Facebook thread, not on the group, a friend asked me that same day why one should bother with Bariatric surgery if you have to do all the same things you had to do before to lose weight without surgery. I told her that, honestly, I couldn't answer her question. Surgery worked for me, but I can't tell you why and there's very little research available that I could point her towards.
I spent some time mulling over the question with Jillian, therapist to the stars, this morning. Slowing down and being mindful helps. Never being physically hungry helps. And having a built in regulator via a Tiny Tummy definitely helps. But, more than anything, the positive reinforcement you get through the quick win of dropping pounds like a crack whore in the first two weeks really helps.
Just like the group at work, there is a real sense of hope when you can celebrate the victories, no matter how big or small - and hope is very powerful.
So, taking a cue from the lessons of the week, I decided to sit down and reflect on the wins from the week - wins big and small. It wasn't a perfect week, but it was better than the week before. There is hope.
So... what's good in your life today?