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How to Overcome the Negatives

Thursday, March 27, 2014

No, I really don't know how to overcome all the negatives that we are faced with on a daily basis. I was just hoping that by sitting down to write this blog, perhaps some magic words would just flow from my fingers, telling me how it's done.

Procrastination: That's a big negative, and it can overcome practically all the good we do. It talks us out of exercising, saying we will do twice as much tomorrow. Or you go ahead and eat the dessert, everyone else is -- you'll make up for it tomorrow. You know you didn't do too well today, but tomorrow will be better.

Just reading that do you realize what a burden we are putting on "tomorrow." It's enough to make you want to stay in bed and sleep. Just because we were bad yesterday and now we're supposed to make up for that now, because 'tomorrow' suddenly became TODAY!

Sometimes it's best to handle the negatives with baby steps. For example, if it's close to bedtime and you 'know' you aren't going to get a work-out in; perhaps you could at least do some standing push-ups next to the bathroom counter (or your dresser). And instead of going right to sleep, or even if you turn on the boob-tube for a few minutes; do some leg lifts. First one leg, then the other, then both at once. It will alleviate some of the guilt, and it's a baby step against procrastination.

And if you got caught up in eating and went over the budget (calorie wise) one way to avoid that is to write out a menu for "tomorrow" and stick with it, thus making sure that you will, indeed, make up for your day of splurge. Think of it as a day of justice.

So whatever negatives YOU personally are trying to overcome, follow the advice I wrote about above, and follow that rule. Baby steps and making a plan will overcome even the worst negatives. It just takes a bit of time. With a dog, they say is you are consistent with teaching them something, it will only take about 3 days. Unfortunately I think with us humans it takes a bit longer to establish a habit. So try to follow the same routine for at least a week, and see if it is starting to become a habit instead of a chore.

You wouldn't dream of completing your day without brushing your teeth, combing/ brushing your hair, showering, eating. So why go to bed without adding a few other good habits to that list. Soon it will be so automatic you'll do it without a thought.
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    Yup! I'm sure it takes longer than 3 days for people and it's amazing how quickly it seems one can unlearn those new good habits created. Ugh! Do not know the ratio but I'm sure its inversely proportionate! LOL Anyhow, great for food for thought. I need more of that kind of food and less of the kind one puts in the mouth. Haha! I'm back to working on the baby steps Again! Thanks for the reminder and great blog. Best wishes,
    1447 days ago
    always enjoy your blogs, they encourage me to do better!
    1449 days ago
    Excellent blog! Gave lots to think about!

    Thank you!

    God bless!

    1450 days ago
    emoticon Standing still is not an exercise!?!? Moving makes sense and trims away all doubts. emoticon
    1452 days ago
    Great advice!! I think it takes me more like a month of consistency ( which I am still trying to accomplish), to make a habit with too many years of being too lax. I was doing so well last Fall, and even got through the holidays pretty good, but then all heck broke lose and I am feeling like I'm back where I started. Of course, though I've lost a nice chunk of wt., and only gained a bit back, in my mind I feel almost like I'm starting over. But this too, shall pass. I just need to climb back on with those "baby steps" and I'll be right as rain again.
    Thanks, Eve, for making me realize that it Can be done!! And that emoticon !
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    Great blog, my friend!! You always make me think and make me realize that it can still work if I work it!! Thank you!! (((HUGS)))
    Love to Amber & the kitties!
    1452 days ago

    What's that old sports shoe ad? JUST DO IT! or something like that. Thanks for reminding.
    1452 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2014 12:11:27 PM
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    1452 days ago
    yap need to make a habit out of some of our new plans - it will all work out if you stick to it
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  • DALID414
    Definitely longer, it takes humans 21 days to build a habit.
    1452 days ago
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