Do the Difficult First!

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A long time ago, when the dinosaurs roamed the earth, I put off unpleasant tasks until last-minute.  I stalled and stalled, and stalled, until I could stall no more, then I grudgingly did that thing I had been dreading doing.

Today, all that has changed! Somewhere along recovery road I learned that its best to eat my big frogs early in the day, in order to get their nasty taste out of my mouth as soon as possible.

That’s why I always schedule dentist and doctor appointments for first thing in the morning; 8:00am or earlier, if I can get ’em.

It’s also why I circle back around quickly to apologize for a slip of the tongue or a word too harshly spoken.

I can’t afford to wait, and if you’re eating a croaker, neither can you.

I think Mark had it right–when dealing with the big frogs of life, eat early and eat quickly.  Around noon time on a sunny day all bets are off that they might in any way taste palatable!

Lesson Learned:  Dry or sweaty frog meat is horrible, so embrace life with gusto and get the smelly stuff out of the way early in the day.

Are you more reactive or proactive in life?  When has waiting to deal with the frogs in your life caused you problems?




5 Steps to Weight Loss and 1 Magic Elevator

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When I first began to lose weight and get healthy, people noticed. Some were happy for me.  Others were not.  Some supported me, while others thought my methods were insane.  Some tried to sabotage my efforts.  Others watched silently, probably thinking, “give her enough time and she will gain it all back.”

To be sure, I had lost and gained back weight a hundred times before. 

To their credit, these others had no idea that my thinking was different this time. I wanted more than to lose weight.

I wanted to walk up a few stairs without stopping.

I wanted to play in the yard with my kids.

I wanted to exercise without becoming instantly discouraged.

I wanted to escape problems with GERD and reflux disease.

I wanted to stop being tired all the time.

I wanted to reclaim my life.

Before, I kept waiting for the time to be “right” to lose weight.  Now, I was done with waiting.

Before, I imagined in my head that the motivation to lose weight would come to me like a magic elevator that comes to your floor in a make-believe hotel.  I would wait and wait, and wait, and one day the elevator would stop on my floor and I would get on.  When it did, losing weight would be a breeze–as easy as riding down a few floors on that magic elevator.  As the floors rushed by, the pounds would miraculously melt off.

That was before I lost 100 lbs!

What I know now is that weight loss doesn’t come to you by magic means.

You go to it!

You make it happen! 

You help you to grow and learn, and do.

Using that dream I had about the magic elevator to make my point, imagine that a weight loss elevator has become your mode of transportation from where you are now and where you want to be.  Even if you had a magic elevator, there are still a few things you would have to do to make that elevator work for you.

5 Necessary Steps to Weight Loss Success with a Magic Elevator  

  1. Decide you want to leave your floor.
  2. Know where the elevator can be found.
  3. Push the button to call the elevator to your floor.
  4. Get on the elevator.
  5. Stay on the elevator until you reach the lobby.

Before, I thought weight loss was 99% motivation, so I waited patiently for motivation to find me.  Now I see that getting healthy, becoming strong, and growing up to be someone who is determined means setting a course for myself that brings long-lasting results and does not depend on passive waiting.

Action turns motivation into results! 

What will you choose, plan, or do today to make sure you realize your goal of getting healthy and staying that way?  In what areas do you need to grow your confidence to make your dreams a reality?

Staying Loyal

000changeispossible-loyalty to goalsToday I did nine minutes of exercise before I did anything else.

I ate oatmeal with walnuts and apple pieces in it for breakfast.

I drove to work and sat at my desk, and did what I’m being paid to do.

I thought about why its hard for me to count calories, or cut back on what I’m eating, and how I can do better in the future.

I prayed for people I knew were struggling.

I did all these things because goals matter to me.

Developing sustainable habits for living healthy far into the future matters to me.

Commitment matters to  me.

I am a goal-chaser!

What has been eating at you, asking you to begin…begging you to put it on a teeny, tiny goal list?  If not now, when?

8 Minutes in the Morning

So, today was the first day of my increased exercise routine.

My teeny, tiny exercise goal this week meant pushing five minutes of calisthenics to eight minutes. Teeny, tiny enough, right, but man, I hurt.

I can’t blame the hurt on the increase of three minutes to my morning routine. That would be crazy and insane, right? No, I have been hurting more than usual this week since about Tuesday on, and I’m wondering why.

Could be the weather, which seems to be EVER changing in NEPA.

Could be I’m not stretching enough.

Could be the food…

…but let’s face it, it could be anything.

Regardless, I am determined to do eight minutes of early morning movements every day this week.

I’m nothing, if not stubborn!

The weekend looms and we will have lil guys with us once again.  I love our visits with them, seeing their lil personalities develop, watching them achieve new skills, and their creativity is off the charts.  I think I will close with an example of the same today.  This was drawn by J, he loves dragons and legos, and he draws a Wednesday sketch each week for his daddy’s art blog.

000toothless-and-hiccupThis is Toothless and Hiccup from, How To Train Your Dragon.  Fun, is it not?  J is six years old and will begin first grade this fall.

I’m so blessed!

When do you exercise?  What will you be doing this weekend to move more and eat better?