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Self-honesty: yes, I need a pep talk... every... day

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

What turns it around? That moment when you go from "I don' wanna" to "I decided I am gonna"?

Usually it's reading, seeing, or writing something that reminds you what you really, really want.

And what do I really, really want? To feel physically good, and be able to do what needs doing and what I choose to do... for as long as God grants me the grace to do so. And today that means going to work and doing my job. To be able to do my job, I need to be well rested and mentally alert.

What makes me well rested and mentally alert?

1. Enough sleep: remember to go to bed on time.
2. Drinking my fluids - having a dehydration headache will NOT keep me alert or focused.
3. Eating nutritious foods in appropriate amounts spread across the day.
4. Getting up and being active periodically, to clear the mind and sequence priorities.

Rinse and repeat! Oh, and
5. Do something for fun, both active (take a walk, swim, bike)... and restful (reading a great book).

LIFE is good. Live it fully. Spark on! emoticon

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KARUNK 7/5/2013 10:19AM

    Very Well said emoticon

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BLUENOSE63 7/4/2013 4:24PM

  I guess it turns around when you accept it as your forever life least that what happened for me!

Happy 4th Barb....have fun with those grandkids!

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ONUTHIN125 7/4/2013 10:00AM


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PATRICIAAK 7/4/2013 5:25AM


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MSLZZY 7/3/2013 11:44PM

    emoticon That covers it!

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DLDMIL 7/3/2013 11:18PM

    Great blog, thank you for sharing. Have a great 4th.

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CAROL3SAN 7/3/2013 9:43PM

    Nice plan for a successful day. Wishing you success with your goals.

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WATERMELLEN 7/3/2013 7:47PM

    Four great reminders - and the having fun part is absolutely key too!!

I kind of just take it granted that a lot of the time (shamefully) I don't wanna. But I'm gonna anyhow . . . because as you and MOBY say -- then you wanna. It kicks in (kicks me in the butt actually . .. ).

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    I intend to go to bed at a decent time tonight. And sleep late on the holiday! At least until 5am.

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MOBYCARP 7/3/2013 7:33PM

    Hmm. I usually can't identify the catalyst that turns it from "I don' wanna" to "I'm gonna." Sometimes I can't even identify the moment when it takes the turn.

But I know that when I make that turn, eventually motivation will follow. I usually can't identify the catalyst for the return of motivation, but I frequently can identify the moment when it returns. That moment tends to be while I'm out exercising, which requires that it turned from "I don' wanna" to "I'm gonna" first.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 7/3/2013 6:42PM

    Excellent advice, today and every day.
Thank you.

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LESLIELENORE 7/3/2013 2:09PM

    I love reading your pep talks. They remind me of my priorities.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/3/2013 12:10PM

    Love your pep talk, connecting to what I really, really want. Such truth. I need it daily, too. Thanks for being a great model. Hope that work stress diminishes and the work accomplishments pile high!! -Marsha

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MIRAGE727 7/3/2013 10:42AM

    We do what motivates us! I totally get it, Barb!
I actually take the negativity I read here and take it as a personal challenge to even go deeper into positive waves! I know what I've achieved and can do. I think that's why I've totally embraced and own maintaining with no problems. Ya just live the lifestyle.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/3/2013 9:28AM

    Brilliant, Barb! It really is all about the balance.

HUGS and here's to a great Wednesday.

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CELIAMINER 7/3/2013 9:04AM

    Have FUN today!
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GABY1948 7/3/2013 8:48AM

    I am also a "list" I totally understand your blogs! THANKS

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GETNFITAFTER60 7/3/2013 8:33AM

    Wonderful list. emoticon

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PJMOMMATO3 7/3/2013 8:15AM

    Great List. Thank you

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NEW-CAZ 7/3/2013 8:14AM

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BOMBSHELLY 7/3/2013 7:54AM

    Thank you for the simple wisdom today! I needed that.

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MJREIMERS 7/3/2013 7:46AM

    Yes, yes, yes! I love the list and I hope to fulfill it today. I'm hoping to get to #4, but it depends on the son.

I'm looking forward to running again. I just haven't had the chance, yet. Yesterday was dorm shopping with the oldest, so I am getting lots of walking in...just no running. I have been "working" that IT band and it seems to be doing pretty good.

Looking forward to seeing you again. I may have to make a trip to Lincoln and we could do lunch!

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