As I sit here writing this I am preparing myself for a major life change (no, thankfully not hot flashes…yet). My eldest and only daughter is heading off to University. This can’t POSSIBLY be happening because I just headed off didn’t I??? I remember getting closer and closer to the University of Western Ontario and seeing the painted banner on the overpass along Hwy 401 “Fathers say Goodbye to your Daughters”, hearing his quiet sigh…and myself doing a mental fist pump. I couldn’t WAIT to get away. Not that I didn’t love my parents or home life, it was just the excitement of this new life awaiting me! I had such great expectations and high hopes. I would meet new and interesting people! I would have wonderful adventures! Oh yeah….and I’d get a useful education along the way (these are placed in what my order of importance was at the age of 18).
All of these things were achieved and more. Education is one of the cornerstones of life (love is another one. My kids will barf if they read this…it’s a bit schmaltzy I must admit but it is true). Without education, be it formal or not, we can’t possibly function to our full potential. We have to grasp this education wherever we can. Everyday we are presented with new opportunities to learn and better our lives but we get so busy that we may tend to not recognize them or we just plain ignore them.
This is so very true of life with the band as well. The better educated you are on how a piece of equipment works, the more success you will have in using that piece of equipment (this is why I heeded my wise mothers advice and never learned how to use the BBQ…”its just one more thing you will be responsible for dear”). If you start out with bad habits, these bad habits tend to get ingrained and they become more and more difficult to change. For anyone who has ever had the sheer pleasure of watching me swing a golf club you will know that I know what I am talking about. This is why educating yourself on how this wonderful piece of hardware you now own operates, and how YOU need to operate WITH it, is not just an asset, but an ABSOLUTE necessity.
Those of you who have been living with the band for a while likely realize that it takes some getting used to. You need to cut your food into small pieces. You need to avoid certain foods. You must chew well. You need to take your time (a minute) between bites. You must focus on eating mindfully looking for ‘absence of hunger’ or ‘satiety’ vs ‘full’. You must force yourself to walk away from the table before you may mentally feel ready. Yes you need to kick up the exercise. You need to have your head in the game. You must be committed. YOU need to want this for YOURSELF more than ANYONE ELSE wants this for you.
The more you understand the reasons behind these behaviours the more sense it will make (so read my blogs…thats what all this is for :)). Anything worthwhile is worth working for and know that feeling better, being healthier, living longer and stronger and enjoying life is worth the effort.
Education, education, education, in all way shapes and forms is so important to having a fulfilling life. Take advantage of whatever opportunities you can to learn about living properly with your band. Make sure the information you read comes from a reliable source. DON’T believe everything you read on the internet. Ask questions and demand answers of your clinic (but be nice…we are human) and utilize the resources and information your clinic offers. The better educated you are on the use of this tool the more success you will have with this tool.
And yes as we drive away without my dear Maggie I will be crying a river of tears…she will be SO far away (Kansas!…it will take more than a click of my ruby slippers to get to my baby). She will be the only Canadian on her rowing team. She will be all alone with a bunch of strangers in a ‘foreign’ country…..and yeah I know…I may have been born at night but it wasn’t last night… she will be doing her own mental fist pump as we pull away in the van, as she stands on the cusp of the next stage of her life!
Yours in Health and Fitness,