Friday, August 08, 2008

My personal elephant



There's a quote that goes:

The only way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time.

It's one of my favourites, and yet I seem to have forgotten it lately. I've been completely overwhelmed by so many things in recent weeks, when in reality all I need to do with most of them is to make a start - take one small action, a step in the right direction.

Competing has been just one more thing filling up my head space, adding to my stress levels and sapping my energy. It's not the training or the nutrition that's doing it, although the decreasing timeframe and some funny business with the scales lately isn't helping.... Rather, it's all the STUFF I have to do before that first weekend in October. It's just been going round and round in my head, a seemingly never-ending list of jobs that have to be done, and it's making me CRAZY.

Today I was reminded that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step (thanks Mick!), and suddenly competing shrank into perspective. In yet another Aha! moment, I realised that a figure competition is just another elephant. And (of course) the way to deal with it is one bite at a time. So I've written up a list of tasks that need doing over the next 8 weeks, and surprisingly, quite a lot of them are already ticked off. That's several bites already taken care of. Sometimes it only takes a small shift in perspective to really ease the load on your shoulders.

Now for the next elephant in line. Hand me that knife and fork!

4 comments:

kathrynoh said...

How many calories are in an elephant!!!!

Lists are awesome, aren't they.

SeLiNa said...

LOL. So what's your elephant's name?!

Hope you get thru your stuff :)

LizN said...

I like this perspective. I think I'm going to have to print this one up and stick it on my wall andlook at it when I'm feeling overwhelmed. Just as long as the elephant's name is not Liz....

Debstar said...

No,no.no, you got it wrong.
To lose weight you eat like a bird and shit like a bloody great elephant.

It's good you got the ah-ha moment.

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