Tuesday, February 23, 2010
A great obstacle to happiness is expecting too much
- Bernard de Fontanelle, French writer
Happiness is a state of mind, not a way of life or a destination that you'll reach one day. Bumps in the road of life are to be expected, and we cannot let them ruin our days. We often think that if a combination of factors would just fall into place THEN we would finally be happy. Satisfaction can only come from within, through truly accepting yourself, your life, and your circumstances. During this life you'll have many hard days--long work days, sleepless nights, worrying about the future, etc. This week, think about the joys of your life. Find creative ways to enjoy the little bumps in the road.
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Being lazy and not taking responsibility are wastes of time. Often the power for change is within us, but without our efforts things would fail or go awry. You cannot rely on help from others, only what your own two hands accomplish on their own. Hard work is a habit that needs constant attention. But be mindful that you are giving your full effort to a project. Apply yourself, value your time, and don't squander it hoping for help.
After sharing my weight loss experience with other members on the Dr Oz show, it seems at if taking action...not being lazy is one of the keys. How many of us used to sit around and waiting for something to happen that would magically take off all the weight we'd accumulated over the years. How many times did we say "if only..." or "tomorrow"...once we stopped wishing and were willing to make whatever effort it would require, just taking that first step, then we began to find our way. I've often been asked what was my motivation or key to starting this journey and why this time when all other tries failed? I believe the answer to be that I was willing to stop being lazy! I was willing to take responsibility for myself and ownership of my actions....and mostly just to act. In past attempts at weight loss, I would always look at the healthy changes as temporary, as in "when I get to my goal I won't have to work this hard or stiick so strictly to this nutrition plan". I can vividly remember being out on a walk years ago in one of my previous weight loss tries, and actually telling myself that I couldn't wait to lose the weight so that I wouldn't have to get all sweaty by working out so hard....and guess what, after losing a good bit of the weight, I did stop exercising and ----- gained it all back plus more! So this time, when I would start having those thoughts in the early days of my journey, I reminded myself that exercise is something that is enjoyable and it was what I need to do for a lifetime if I want to get to and maintain my desired level of fitness and health!
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Just start getting things on track, then I get sick---stupid head cold---can't breathe stayed in bed all day Saturday---most of Sunday---then my dad ends up back in hospital---minor set back----so I haven't worked out in 6 days! I've not eaten much either so I'm holding my own. Getting back tomorrow....
Monday, January 25, 2010
a little at a time...today was day one of my re-start. I had a great spin class and an outstanding lift today. It felt awesome to be back at the gym and block out all thoughts or cares...things are improving with my day, though he's still in the hospital, which is probably better than how it will be for a while when he comes home....these next 4-6 weeks are going to challenge me beyond belief, but I'll get through it I'm sure. Even though I have to get to my mother's in the morning to get her coffee and breakfast, as well as get her meds and breathing treatment....I've made the decision that I must first get to the gym and get my workouts in, additionally, on Thursdays and Fridays when I have the baby I'm going to have to get to the gym after I take him home in order to do each days workout. I thought I would move them to the weekend (the workouts that is) but for me Sat/Sun just doesn't work. So, I'll not do spin class on those days, but instead use other cardio equipment to get in my 45-60 minutes of cardio. I will just wear my workout clothes and have my bag in the car and after I drop him off I'll go to the gym immediately....
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