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Follow Your Heart - January

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Every January I get excited to get a new calendar for my cubicle at work. This year I had a hard time choosing between several calendars but finally selected a calendar with the theme - Follow Your Heart.

Easier said than done. I find my biggest problem is not so much the following as the recognizing what my heart is telling me to do. There is a great scene in a movie that I watched with my daughter recently where a woman shows up for an appointment with a psychiatrist that she doesn't really want to be at. As she gets up to leave, she asks the psychiatrist, "If you had to tell someone what the one most useful thing is that that they could do for themselves, what would it be?" The doctor responds, "learn what it is that you really want and how to ask for it."

Ahh January. Such possibilities. A clean slate and a chance to start fresh. A new calendar so uncluttered by commitments and deadlines. All we have to do is figure out what we want to put on it.

Yep. No pressure there. And then you begin to fill in the blanks with tutoring appointments across the suburbs, visits, family and work commitments and suddenly your fitness program is happening between 9:45 pm and 11:30 pm. Well, I guess that is where commitment starts. With us saying, "I need to do this and this is just as important as that and that and that." If we win that argument with ourselves at least some of the time its a step in the right direction. I suppose that we should not expect to unlearn all of our unhealthy habits in a single January.

The January picture on the calendar says to Go Places. I've decided to use the calendar to try to reinforce some healthy habits that have fallen by the wayside as I've assumed a new position at work. So the one place I am going is to new places with my diet. I'm starting slow but I am switching to organic eggs, milk and bread. So you could say the place I am going is organic.

After more than a year of struggling to maintain my weightloss I hit upon the idea that if the food I was eating wasn't satisfying, then I needed to change something. I'm admittedly a bit slower at jumping on the organic fruit and veggie band wagon. I figure if I can do a few small things its better than doing nothing and continuing to over eat stuff I can't even pronounce.

So far I've been happy with this small change. This is good. Brick houses are built brick by brick by brick and every journey starts with a single step out the front door.

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    I, too, love a new calendar. All the possibilities! I am more likely to do something if it's ON the calendar and so I've added my exercise to it. I used to post what I did-now it's what I'm gonna do.

    Hope you have a spectacular day!
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    1923 days ago
    Love the blog and the picture. I hope that your calendar fills up with all the good stuff that helps you to achieve your goals.
    1924 days ago
    Love the blog, and love the metaphor as well. I think you have the right idea, and knowing that we will slip and fall to the side is part of planning the forward process.

    I once again slept too late, but the pains I am having are sucking the life out of me, and have now also added a major headache to the list of things I don't have time to deal with.

    But I am going to walk today, and I am going to look over my exercises today and see if I can do some moving around the better suit my needs. But I have to wait for my shoulder and neck to finally relax before anything is going to get better.

    The only excuse I have is that the man I am in love with lives in Alaska and it keeps me up late... so off I go to follow my heart.

    Thank you, Angela
    1924 days ago
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