Sunday, April 3, 2011

Adaptation: A Life-Saving Tool

Living things that survive over and over again are those that can adapt. Harsh changes caused by seismic shifts, intense weather, changes in atmospheric density, temperature, etc.--these have contributed to the demise of scores of living things that would not or could not adapt: mammals, reptiles, flora and fauna--perhaps even people like the neanderthals and the Incas. On the other hand, those that learned to adapt to their changing world did not disappear.

What the heck does this have to do with keeping the pounds off??

Yesterday I made the decision to wear a certain pair of sandals even though I knew they would rub and irritate my feet. I wore them all day. In addition to normal walking I was doing around EPCOT and Disney Hollywood Studios, I found myself in a situation where I had to walk 1.25 miles in 15 minutes to make an appointment in a timely manner. After the first quarter mile I applied 3 blister band-aids I keep in a wellness bag in my purse. From that point on I had to just bear it. When I returned home last night I found  5 blisters from places where the straps rubbed against me and two blisters under my heels that I could see and feel. It hurt to stand on my own feet.

This morning the blisters were still making their presence felt. I planned to exercise  but how?  Should I stay off my feet and not move much today? This option seemed too easy.  I could put on socks and sneakers and damn it - do my time on the treadmill as planned and just work through the pain. This option might have been an answer, but not for me. My brother lost half a foot because of gangrene he developed after an infection from a popped blister on his foot. I focused on a third option: adaptation.

I exercised - just not on my feet. What exercises could I do without using my feet? I could do a whole range of movements on my Bosu half ball trainer: sit ups, side stretches, etc. I could do upper body exercises with my hand weights. I could do different yoga positions. I combined all these options so that I could have both an upper body and lower body work out. It was not as strenuous as a full workout but it was better than reclining on the sofa and whining. It was better than bursting the blisters with high-impact movements. 

I did not give up. I adapted. Tomorrow the blisters will be on the healing side and I will adapt again by wearing thick socks because I have to work on my feet. I will adapt as needed. I adapt by changing recipes to fit my way of eating. I adapt by changing my bad attitudes to healthier attitudes that this brings me to a happier life. I adapt by realizing that the world does not revolve around me so I better get moving with it.  In keeping the pounds off and changing my attitudes I will not go the way of the woolly mammoth!

Are you adapting your life today to work for your future survival?



E. Jane said...

Excellent commentary on perseverance, which is a necessary trait for weight loss and well as weight maintenance. I'm trying to make necessary adaptations. In fact, I just posted about this topic before I read your post. I do think it's the key, Jane. Also another "biggie" for me is consistency. If I stay consistent in what I am doing with my food, success always follows. Hope your weekend has been a good one!

Jane Cartelli said...

Perserverance is the key. Falling is okay. Not getting back up is what kills us. Consistency with using the good habits helps us persevere.

But there is a negative side, too.

Repeating a binge over and over again is also consistency. Trying again and again to 'just have one' and eating the whole thing is consistency and perserverance. There are pieces to this food-induced puzzle than we could ever guess.

I think you just gave me the start of another blog topic for tomorrow! Thanks Jane!