2013-- Eliminate Excuses!!!
I got off-track during the last challenging years of taking care of everyone else but me...and I GAINED!
-- I allowed the three white deaths back in: sugar, salt, white flour. I'm starting fresh... this thing that we call ‘failure’ is not the falling down-- it’s the staying down!!!
NO EXCUSES: I never get anywhere when excuses pave the path.
NO EXCUSES: There's a difference between interest and commitment. When you're interested in doing something, you do it only when it's convenient. When you're COMMITTED to something, you accept NO EXCUSES; only results.
NO EXCUSES: A person who wants something will find a way; a person who doesn't will find an excuse.
NEW YEAR-NEW ME! I am making this my most memorable NEW YEAR: Feeding my Spirit (instead of my physical body)!
Remember when you were a kid around Christmas time? The anticipation? The nervous excitement? It’s fun watching children live this out each year. It helps remind me of what it’s like to pour emotional energy into a single moment in time, all because of the promise of a payoff.
This realization had me asking myself this question,
“Why Am I Giving Up Before the Payoff?”
I was able to think of many excuses – everything from “my husband tempts me away from the healthiest choices” to “I’m an emotional eater, and I’m going through an emotional crisis”. All of the answers were important to work through because they’re extremely relevant and can help in keeping my commitments.
Another important question for me to ask is,
“What Is the Payoff For Me?”
In other words, “Why am I giving up donuts and pizza every day for broccoli and smoothies?” Why would I want to wake up before the sun comes up, strap on sneakers, and go for a half-hour walk in cold when the bed is soooo warm?
Then I realized this...
“If my ‘Whys’ are important enough, my ‘Hows’ are easy.” If I'm motivated enough to do something, I’ll figure out a way to do it, no matter how challenging it is.
I need to continually ask myself...
What’s that thing that will get me through the difficult places in my health commitments?
What drives me to overcome diabetes?
What compels me to lose weight?
Unless I have something tremendously powerful pulling me through, I’ll remain over weight and never reach my goal.
In the end, the thing that drives me – REALLY drives me - is the thing I have to keep in the forefront of my mind every single day when I decide what I eat, whether I exercise, what to do when I crave sweets, etc.
Many dreams & goals die for lack of vision... so, what I need is a vision to prevent my commitments from dying. I need not only a plan, (the How), but I need reasons to stick to the plan, (the Why).
This year, I want to give myself an incredible gift!! I want to figure out what my “WHY” is! Discover WHY I want to do whatever it takes to get into the best shape ever, or to have more energy than I did in my twenties. I MUST have a reason – and preferably a time frame – for accomplishing it.
It’s up to ME to figure this out.
I CAN DO THIS!!!
and I know my Spark friends will help!