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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tick tock.

It is time.

Time to reevaluate what isn't working.
Time to decide what's important.
Time to dispense with thoughts that are unhealthy.
Time to eliminate the nonsense and drama.
Time to get serious and focused.
Time to commit.
Time to change.

The path is marked but you've got to keep your eyes focused.
It is quite easy to get sidetracked.
Quite easy to head back toward the familiar path of habit and excess.
Quite easy to lose one's way and then decide it is too hard to change.

And quite easy to be fooled.

Nothing will change.
Unless you change.

Nothing will improve.
Unless you improve.


Talk is cheap.

Carlyle wrote that "talk that does not result in any kind of action is better suppressed altogether" and I believe that this is true particularly related to health and fitness and weight loss.

You will decide.
It is inevitable.

You will decide to postpone and let procrastination convince you that tomorrow is just as good or even better than today.

You will decide to rationalize and let your old self and all of its wrongheaded ways reinforce poor choices and poor modes of thinking.

You will decide to abandon and let habit regain its death grip about your life.

You will decide to rely upon drastic and unwise methods and means which promise much and deliver little.

Or you will decide to COMMIT.
Commit to yourself.
Commit to your health.
Commit to your fitness.
Commit to your well being.

You will decide.

What will it be?

Weight loss doesn't require fancy workout clothing.
It doesn't require expensive equipment.
Or a gym membership.
Or specially formulated "diet" foods.
Or drastic measures.

It requires commitment.
Hard work.

Desire all you want to lose weight but DO nothing and you will fail.
Wish all you want to get fit but DO nothing and you will fail.

It is through the DOING that change is accomplished.
Not through the desiring and wishing.
Not through the talking about it.

Today is the day to dispense with the drama.
Today is the day to focus on the possible.
Today is the day to put in the work.
To stop limiting yourself.
To change.

The question is, of course, "Will you?"

If you aren't tracking your food, the time is now.
Put that thought out of your head about tracking being "too hard" or "too time consuming".
Those are lies you tell yourself.
You can make the time.

If you aren't doing something physical 3-4 times a week and are medically cleared to do so, the time is now.
It is OK to sweat a bit.
It is OK to have a little tenderness in the muscles.
You don't need to overdo it.
Start with a walk.
And incrementally improve.
You can do this.

If you are thinking that you can't do this because you have some sort of special deficiency, some special reason that YOU can't succeed.
The time is now to stop thinking you are so special and different from everyone else.
It is a lie you tell yourself to avoid making the hard choice to change.
You aren't that different from everyone else.
Trust me.

You are far stronger than you think you are.
Strong enough to succeed.
Strong enough to change.

But you've got to decide to do it.

And until you do...

You won't.

Until you do, nothing will change.
Until you do, you will continue to think your can't.
And you'll be right about that.

Today's the day.
The day to decide.

Make it a great day,

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SPARKLISE 2/28/2013 1:00PM

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INTHEGAP 2/25/2013 3:01PM

    Yep, so true, Matt. emoticon For me, its time to get back in the groove. emoticon

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SUGAR0814 2/25/2013 9:22AM

    Thanks! Your blog is right on time! Wish I would've read it yesterday!! emoticon

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MONIQUE432 2/25/2013 9:04AM

    I've decided to become diligent in journaling my food intake; failing to do this is a big reason I have not met my goals. I have decided to reach my 3 month goal. Thanks for the inspiration!

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DOVESEYES 2/25/2013 2:18AM

    Decision made...

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BOOKAPHILE 2/24/2013 11:34PM

    And it's a decision that has to be made every day - sometimes several times a day. Even after the goal is reached, it will STILL be a daily decision to track food so you stay within the desired calorie range and exercise. Maintenance MAY be harder than the initial weight loss, given that so many regain the weight. We DON'T want to have to do this again, so decide!

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DALID414 2/24/2013 11:33PM

    I've decided

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 2/24/2013 11:25PM

    This is excellent, thanks! emoticon

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CHOCOHIPPO 2/24/2013 10:50PM

    Well said!

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