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Change doesn't just happen by hoping.

Monday, March 26, 2012

I've been fooling myself for a while now. I've been hoping that I'd somehow just start living healthy. I mean after all, I know HOW to eat right and exercise. I just don't DO it. So I kept hoping every night that I wouldn't binge. Every day I hoped I'd find time to get in that 10 minutes of devoted exercise.

I'm a very active person. I burn over 2000 calories most days just doing my jobs. But setting aside time for myself to exercise my heart is different. I need that. Setting aside time to stuff earbuds in and listen to something other than, "I want," and "Would you," and "I need, " and "waaaaaaaah wah wah," is critical.

These things aren't going to just happen. I'm not going to be folding clothes on the sofa and my earbuds just fly into my ears and I burst into dance like in some kooky musical. No, I'm going to need to plan for it. Or at the very least make a routine that includes it.

And binge eating? I don't know for sure how to stop that yet. I have various strategies in my quiver, but haven't figured out how to nail that apple instead of a bag of chips. I'll WORK on it though. I won't just sit around HOPING it will change. I will priortize myself.

Yes. I'm going to behave as if the plane is going down and I have to put the oxygen mask on myself before attempting to help others. It makes sense, right? How can you help anyone if you aren't breathing?!

Metaphor. Yes. But seriously appropriate.

Today I will do what I need to do to live. Not just survive. Live.
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  • no profile photo CD6267298
    The last part is so powerful!
    "Today I will do what I need to do to live. Not just survive. Live. "
    The whole thing is really great. I guess I can consider myself a chronic "hoper" I hope and I hope and I all I do.
    I loved your blog, I'm shivering!
    3363 days ago
  • no profile photo CD10364891
    I like your oxygen mask analogy. I've been thinking that lately as well. It's so much easier to give up/give in to daily stresses/life. We really need to fight for our health and make it a priority. You can definitely do day at a time! Plus I've always heard that 15 minutes 4 times a day can be better than 60 minutes in one go because your metabolism is revved up all day. maybe split up exercise sessions if you don't have big time blocks? emoticon
    3371 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11433668
    You know I have thought the same things very many times. We can research and we can know and we can read and we can understand--but that all means bupkus if we dont DO.
    We have to DO something. Understanding why, or what th4e feeling was behind the food--it is all just academic until we put into practice one of those strategies. You are absolutely right. Thats the key isnt it? what motivates us to DO? I think, its wanting THAT--more than THIS.
    Keep trying.
    3371 days ago
  • no profile photo CD8667808
    Totally appropriate metaphor!
    I believe that I want to be healthy and active every day, so I will be some day. I know it starts with positive beliefs, but if I don't actually take action, there's no some day, right?! Here's to us WORKING on prioritizing the things we know we need to do.
    3371 days ago
    AAACK-Can i just say --- you are WORTH everything you are wanting and hoping for!! You can and will do this. You will shave 10 mins in of your day to exercise and take care of yourself - just like you take time to bath, brush your teeth, do your hair, laundry, cook etc. these are all things you do daily. So here is my suggestion instead of binging replace the time with doing your 10 mins of exercise. Distract vs. Reacting with food! Do one meal at at time! Love you and again you are an intelligent beautiful woman that i believe is WORTH all good things. You wouldn't hurt anyone but why would you binge and hurt your beautiful body by binging or not eating right. YOU ARE STRONG! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL! YOU ARE COURAGEOUS! YES YOU!! You make us all smile and you should do the same for yourself! HUGS & LOVE! Em

    3371 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/26/2012 5:42:46 PM
  • no profile photo CD11445313
    emoticon One day and one step at a time.
    3371 days ago
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