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Monday, June 6, 2011

Who Needs The Bandwagon?

That is the precise question I am asking myself today – who needs the stupid bandwagon anyways? I keep falling off and quite frankly I’m a bit tired of that so I’m thinking of forgoing it altogether. I was actually a bit curious as to what the term “bandwagon” actually meant – so I went to the most reliable source I know – Wikipedia – and looked it up. Here’s what Wikipedia told me:
“The bandwagon effect closely related to opportunism, is a phenomenon- observed primarily within the fields of microeconomics, political science and behaviorism – that people often do and believe things merely because many other people do and believe the same things. The effect is often called herd instincts,

though strictly speaking, this effect is not a result of herd instincts….. The general rule is that conduct or beliefs spread among people, as fads and trends clearly do, with “the probability of any individual adopting it increasing with the proportions who have already done so. As more people come to believe something, others also “hop on the bandwagon” regardless of the underlying evidence.”
So, you ask, what bandwagon(s) have I fallen off of lately? Well let’s see,
The training bandwagon,
The no Dr. Pepper because it’s evil bandwagon,

The eating healthy bandwagon
And the logging in my training journal bandwagon, just to name a few.
So what am I going to do about it? Probably absolutely nothing! Honestly, what can I do at this point except just move forward? 
Here’s what happens to a type-A in these situations in case you were curious: You first stumble a bit and falter and try your darndest to just stay put. But once you do actually indeed fall it’s all out mental war and torturing yourself for that one little bitty slip. Then in my mind it becomes, well if I’ve made this mistake what’s the point of trying to do well the rest of the day – it’s already ruined by this one [Dr. Pepper] so might as well have another one! Then that becomes, well I had one yesterday, which therefore means my whole week is ruined which means my whole training cycle is ruined! (Seriously, I don’t overreact people – I SWEAR!) So again I ask, what am I going to do about this?
I’m staying away from bandwagons!!!!!

I just can’t do it to myself anymore. Sure it’s good to have goals and ways to achieve them and for you to work hard for something you really want (washboard abs!) but that doesn’t mean I have to be so hard on myself that World War III breaks out just because I make one little slip. Now don’t misunderstand me – this is not a free ticket to let all hell break loose on my training and hard work, this is simply a reminder to myself that I’m the only one who determines what perfect and acceptable is for me. Sure, soda is still bad for me (and clearly Dr. Pepper is the real true devil because I CANNOT, I repeat CANNOT have just one and be fine!) and I have learned through trial and error the foods that make me feel the best throughout the day. And I’ve learned what my body is capable of, when I can push it and when I need a break. So THIS should be my guide, not a bandwagon. I can strive to be a better person – and as a type A pushing myself too hard is always going to be a reality for me – but I can always learn better ways to manage that (I told you I’m in therapy!).
Life is too short to be mad at yourself, enjoy each day for what it is and make tomorrow just as sweet!

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