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Make it Hard to Fail

Friday, March 29, 2013

I have read in several blogs, "Make it easier to make healthy choices than it is to make unhealthy ones."

That goes along with what Dr. Judith Beck says, early in The Beck Diet Solution: modify your environment to make diet and exercise choices easier.

About unplanned eating or about wimping out on planned exercise, Dr. Beck also says, "No choice! No choice!" What she means is declaring to myself that I've already made the decision, and it's a done deal. "No choice!" means I'm committed to following through with the healthy route....I'm only giving myself that one option.

As Henry Ford advised, I am seeking to get smarter from my previous failures. Thus I'm trying to shape my circumstances early and emphatically. I have great hopes that eventually my "resistance muscles" will grow, but for now I scheme to make it very difficult for myself to jump the rails!

Today on the way home from an errand, I asked dh to let me out at the bank. From there it was only two miles to walk to our house. It was a sunny day and over 40 degrees, so I had already planned to take a walk later. But I didn't want to run the risk of procrastinating or .... you know. But guess what.... standing on the street corner, that distance from home, somehow I was able to find the motivation to exercise!

I worked in six or seven sprint intervals, and also made myself run all the way up the hill. I wanted to quit halfway up the incline and walk, but I told myself I would feel great if I ran the whole thing. Yep, I did.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
JOYFULMOMTO5 4/2/2013 6:10PM

    emoticon you are right, it is all about choices! It makes all the difference when you have an environment that makes it easy to chose the right way! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 3/30/2013 6:43PM

I wish I had time to read all of your blogs, but just stopping by with a check in and to say that I'm rooting for you.

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FLGIRL1234 3/30/2013 10:35AM

    Awesome. I firmly believe its 90% mental. Once you get out there or put yourself in a situation like you did, then you are more inclined to follow through with it. Great job with the follow thru!

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WATCHMEGO! 3/30/2013 10:32AM

    What great commitment you have! WTG on getting out of the car to make your walk a guarantee!

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NANCY- 3/30/2013 8:13AM

    WTG I notice a shift in you. You are setting yourself up for success. I loved that you got out of the car. Did that with my middle son once, He told me he wanted to "go home"... I said "Keep walking! We are going Home" :)
Attitude is everything and
You Rock!!!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/30/2013 7:17AM


What a great idea. When you have no choices you do what has to be done. Kudos for running up the hill all the way. See right there a choice, I bet I would have walked. I think maybe I need to read the Becks solution too. Have a wonderful day.

Gini emoticon

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DEBRA0818 3/30/2013 7:08AM

    So often we think about limits and plans as limiting us, but they really free us from a life enslaved to our impulses. No Choice is the way!


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RUNNINGOMA 3/30/2013 5:49AM

    emoticon Good job on those choices!

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DJ4HEALTH 3/29/2013 10:08PM

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    Fantastic!! emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 3/29/2013 7:48PM

    WOW, that is totally AWESOME!

What an amazing idea -- I never, ever would have thought of that.

Congratulations on thinking outside the box to set up your "no fail" zone!

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LYN-EDWY 3/29/2013 7:36PM


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SINGER73 3/29/2013 6:57PM

    emoticon Loved that hopped out the car can exercised. I think I will do that on days over 60 emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 3/29/2013 6:57PM

    Great blog! Yep. You are so right. At first I resisted the NO CHOICE message as limiting me, but when I realized I was not taking away my choices, but as you state, just following through and carrying out the good choices I had already made.

Loved your story about getting out of the car. At that point you had no choice but to walk home. Good for the running part, too. You are doing great!! I know you felt good when you ran the whole way up the hill. Way to go!!!

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SHERREE66 3/29/2013 6:53PM

    That's a neat idea. I'll have to remember that. Thanks!

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WATERMELLEN 3/29/2013 6:47PM

    Good for you! I eontinuously refer back to Judith Beck too: full of so many great ideas.

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VISUALLYRICS 3/29/2013 6:43PM

    emoticon on your emoticon & emoticon !! How empowering is that!!!
"The healthy route....I'm only giving myself that one option." emoticon

A 'One Option' kinda lady!! That's my emoticon friend!!

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GLUECIPHER 3/29/2013 6:38PM

    Great job...Keep positive

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