Twinkies, Rocket Fuel and Mediocrity

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Yesterday, I was struck with the thought hammer and it was of sufficient enough force to jolt me out of mediocrity. In my blog yesterday, I wrote that I wanted to live more than a mediocre life and that I would think about how to accomplish that. Well, after warning the family that I would be sequestered away thinking about something, I wasn't sure if theirs were looks of worry, fear, or slight amusement. Actually, they have reason to be fearful, but that's a blog for another day.

I did come up with a few ideas, none of which, I presume, are particularly original. However, broad ideas of how to make life extraordinary can be fine-tuned for each individual. The first broad idea of finding extraordinary is to PURSUE YOUR DREAMS. Obviously, that means different things for different people. For me, one of my dreams has been to be a published writer. I've danced around this dream for a very long time. I have actually been published – a few articles in a local newspaper about ten years ago. Still, I think it's time to unleash this dream and pursue it full throttle with no holds barred. I am finally finishing up a project that's been 10 years in the making. Once that's completed [August 31], I have a germ of an idea for the next great American novel. Yes, it's a big dream, but I am reminded of a quote by James Allen, “Dream lofty dreams, and as you dream, so shall you become.”

Pursuing our dreams doesn't mean that we put our weight loss goals on hold either. In fact, the two should serve to complement each other. Achieving success in one area of your life gives you confidence knowing you can achieve success in other areas as well. So as I pursue my writing goals (and I have outlined steps to do this), I am working on cutting out the unhealthy eating habits. The habits I spoke about in yesterday's blog – the ones that I adhere to just because I've always done so. We really do so many things without rhyme or reason simply because it's what we've always done.

Take Twinkies for instance – they are just an unhealthy conglomeration of sugar and about 30 other unnatural ingredients. I will not offend you with all of them -- and it WOULD be offensive -- because I like you and don't want to throw you into unnecessary shock. Let's just say one of the ingredients is also used in rocket fuel. But if you eat these (and even if you don't), I encourage you to back away from the Twinkie and really look at what they're made of. www.divinecarolin

But back to my point. I have eaten Twinkies for years without ever once thinking about what they were made of. Just that they were sugary and creamy and satisfied my sweet tooth craving. After all, these were treats my mom packed in my Wonder Woman lunch box along with a bologna sandwich and apple. Why would I give them a second thought? But to live an extraordinary life, you gotta think about what you're doing. You've got to exercise the control over circumstances, not vice versa. So, I'm swearing off Twinkies. They have no good nutritional value. They do not take me closer to my goal weight and my dream to get svelte, lean and mean. They are in my life because I didn't think about why they were in my life. I just accepted the habitualness, the unexamined routineness of it – and really, truly, that is unacceptable.

I urge you to dust off your dreams, to set about living that extraordinary life you were meant to live. Break out of those habits that are holding you back from your weight loss and other life dreams.

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Only as high as I reach can I grow, only as far as I seek can I go, only as deep as I look can I see, only as much as I dream can I be.
~~Karen Ravn

It's kind of fun to do the impossible.
~~Walt Disney

Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow.
~~Norman Vincent Peale

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
C.S. Lewis

If you wish to be a writer, write
Epictetus, Greek philosopher

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
Anatole France, French writer & Nobel Prize winner

For true success ask yourself these four questions: Why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now?
~~James Allen, New Zealander statesman

To be continued........oh yes, there's more {insert mad scientist laugh here}

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    You are a really good writer what is stopping you from your goal! You know you probably could publish a compilation of your blogs they are so entertaining! Have a great week!
    3671 days ago
    Marla Cilley said to write the last chapter of your book first. She is also known as Flylady and self-published a book and has written a couple of books.

    Nora Roberts doesn't live too far from the city I live in. I like your blogs too and I am a fan of your writing.
    3682 days ago
  • DB001990
    I'm always disappointed when I get to the end of your blogs because I want to read more. Really do like your style!!!

    3682 days ago
    You're absolutely right JO. If you want something then you have to take action to achieve it. Here is my favorite dream quote, "Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has power, genius, and magic in it. Begin it now." Goethe.
    3683 days ago
    Good Luck to you! You will achieve your goals!
    3683 days ago
  • WYND10
    I think you're a fantastic writer! I can't wait to read your novel!
    3683 days ago
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    Very inspiring quotes. As always, Jo. Great job on giving your friends good fuel to keep them on the course to achieving their goals.
    3683 days ago
    This is the important thing of figuring out what you want to do when you grow up. A couple of my talents had to be put on hold for about 45 years. Now it's time for me and getting back to what I've always wanted to do. Working on it and know it'll develop into full blown creativity that I used for bosses before but not for myself. Good for you. Happy Writing.
    3683 days ago
    Great blog and dreams. Pursue your goals and I really believe you will full fill them. I think you can do anything you set your mind to. Best of wishes to you and to all your dreams.
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    3683 days ago
    Nice. Sometimes we hold on to old habits just because they keep us in our comfort zone. Going out of that zone can be good once in a while.
    3683 days ago
    Whether it's nurturing this seed for the Great American Novel or deconstructing the lowly Twinkie, you AND your writing are must-read material for me, Jo-Jo! The Divine Caroline article was a SHOCKER! My personal weakness was Hostess cupcakes, offerings from the same, great company emoticon . While doing one of my many weight-loss stints at Weight Watchers, I once had a dream of a three-foot spice cupcake with cream cheese frosting. I was attacking it with fists, cramming those trans fats into my mouth, foodie lust coursing through my (clogged?) veins. Thank you for the quotes, too! I hope C.S. Lewis was right :) - Sandi emoticon
    3683 days ago
  • DEE107
    great going my friend great blog and giggled when you mention what is in twinkies lol with food allergies I do know.. thanks for sharing
    3683 days ago
    As usual a great blog and very thought provoking.
    3683 days ago
  • no profile photo LEANMEANMOMMY1
    Hi. I'm new here, but I just had to say I loved this entry. It really spoke to me. Thank you.
    3683 days ago
    Amen! Awesome blog--what I've seen here, you will make this a reality! Kudos-- Here's another quote!

    "What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us" Unknown
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