If Every Day Was Like Today…
Lately, I have gotten back into using the MyFitnessPal app and website to log my food and activity. At the end of each day, I get a small reward when I choose the option to complete the diary for that day. A message pops up which says something like: “If every day was like today, in five weeks, you would weigh X number of pounds.”
Most days, the number stays the same or goes down by a tenth of a pound. Some days though, it goes up a bit. I’m not sure why they chose five weeks as the magic interval of time, and my weight loss does not coincide exactly with where they say I should be.
Still, the message is clear. What we do today affects our future selves. It may or may not have a huge impact, but it makes a difference which will likely increase over time. If we cultivate either good or bad habits, we will eventually see results. I know that in my own life, it is easy to rationalize: “Today was different. I didn’t feel that great, so I didn’t exercise. And this day is different. I went out with friends, and I ate more than I should, which I don’t often do.” Still, I see a message at the end of each day, which either seems like a congratulatory word or a gentle nudge to do better. That simple reminder that each day has both consequences and opportunities helps keep me moving in the right direction.
What motivates you to keep moving forward on a daily basis? We’d love to hear from you.