The right decisions at the right time

IMG_20181219_211225_543My regular readers might have noticed that I’ve been blogging a bit less recently. Also, I’ve been reading ELT blogs less than I would like to and that’s what I feel a bit guilty about. However, it’s not because I’ve lost interest in ELT but because my attention has temporarily been diverted from it. Two things have taken most of my time this year – 1) completing my four-semester course in the field of prevention of drug abuse at schools and 2) fitness and healthy lifestyle.

Don’t stop reading, my fellow English teachers. Both of the above-mentioned have more to do with my original profession than it may appear at first sight. The course has substantially widened my horizons in the field of psychology and therapy. It has changed me as a person and my view on social work in general.

While throughout the course I focused on my and other people’s psyche (the soul, mind, spirit, or invisible animating entity which occupies the physical body, if you will), my private life has revolved around fitness and healthy dieting (yes, it requires a lot of your attention and mental energy). Since June 2018, I have lost about 17 kilos (almost 38 pounds). This means that I virtually have a new body. I weigh less than I did when I graduated from high school. Inevitably, this has affected my personal as well as professional life a lot. Since I lost most of the weight over the summer holidays, my colleagues and many students could not but notice the change when I turned up at school in September.

Believe it or not, having a new body may, under certain circumstances, mean that you become a totally new person – to yourself and other people as well. From a practical point of view, life certainly becomes easier and more satisfying in many ways. This is related to the fact that your confidence increases tremendously. However, there is a dark side to it too. Since most people are obsessed with being slim these days, paradoxically, losing weight suddenly appears to be the biggest achievement of your life ever.

Some people see me as a role model now, which is good. I’ve got used to being constantly asked what on earth I have done and how the hell I have achieved such a substantial weight loss. The only problem is that I don’t have a secret recipe. I normally say that I’ve got into sports (mainly jogging and yoga). But it’s obviously not the whole story. What I think is that I simply made the right decision at the right time and then stuck to it. That’s it.

This, I think, applies to any change that happens in our life. If we are to lead a happy life, we need to make the right decisions at the right time and then stick to them for long enough for the desired change to evolve to its full potential. This is my motto for the upcoming year too. Wish me luck. 🙂

Happy new year!

About Hana Tichá

I'm an EFL teacher based in the Czech Republic. I've been teaching English to learners of all ages for almost 25 years and I still love my job. You can find out more about my passion here on my blog.
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3 Responses to The right decisions at the right time

  1. ven_vve says:

    Hi Hana,

    Best of luck in the coming year! You may be blogging less, but I continue to enjoy your posts as much as ever. Congratulations on sticking to a healthy lifestyle; I think this really does require a lot of energy and commitment, at least initially (and longer for some I guess).

    I wanted to comment on what you said in your post, “However, there is a dark side to it too. Since most people are obsessed with being slim these days, paradoxically, losing weight suddenly appears to be the biggest achievement of your life ever.” This reminds me of an article I read some years ago, in Elle magazine, I think, and it has stayed with me. A woman wrote about her experience with weight loss: the gist was that she didn’t set out to lose weight (I think she wasn’t even overweight) but it just sort of happened and she was applauded for this everywhere she went. Everyone she knew kept telling her how amazing she looked. It was precisely because of this attitude that it took her longer than it might normally have to figure out that something may not be completely okay and it turned out she had an illness – I can’t remember the details and I think everything must have turned out fine in the end because she wouldn’t have been able to write the article otherwise, but it was scary to think how much importance we attach to a slim figure. It hadn’t occurred to anyone there might be a negative aspect to her weight loss.

    Anyway, thanks for the post and I’d be interested to hear more about your course too.

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    • Hana Tichá says:

      Hi, Vedrana. Thanks for sharing that story. It reminded me of the comments I get these days: ‘You’ve lost a lot of weight. I didn’t even recognize you at first. Are you ill?’ It’s quite absurd if you think about. I’d never dare to ask so directly even if I thought it was a legitimate question. By the way, in the course I mention in my post they taught us how to deal with kids with eating disorders. It’s quite challenging. Well, apparently, weight is a very sensitive matter and weight loss can have many causes, some of them can be pretty daunting. Luckily, in my case, it was a conscious decision and a lot of hard work. Plus this time, I did it for myself – not for a big event or somebody else. Now the toughest part is ahead – to keep the weight. 🙂

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  2. Sandy Millin says:

    Hi Hana,
    It sounds like you’ve had an interesting year 🙂
    Well done for making the decision to become healthier and for sticking to it. It’s something I started doing a few years ago, and it’s made a real difference. You mentioned the confidence, and that’s certainly true. For example, I enjoy trying on clothes and deciding on outfits much more than I did before. But as you said, there’s also a dark side – more than half of my weight loss was due to the colitis and the diet I had to follow as a result, and at one point I looked skeletal. Now I’m in a much better place, but now when people start complementing me on losing weight again, I always tell them it’s because I’m ill at that point. We should feel comfortable in our own bodies, and have a healthy and balanced lifestyle, whatever weight that comes with.
    I’m looking forward to hearing more about your course too.
    Good luck with your 2019 decisions!

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