Back to ONEderland and what is NOT OPTIONAL
Saturday, October 28, 2017
Hello ONEderland, we met a few months ago and then I made some lazy, stupid choices and moved 25 lbs away. It really is so good so see you again. I need to review why I left because it was lonely and frustrating there and I don't ever want to go back. What I do know is:
Tracking is NOT OPTIONAL! Even if I make a poor choice it needs to be tracked. Then it needs to be scrutinized intensely. What was I thinking, feeling, doing at the time. I have better coping skills for when the crisis hits, time is short, emotions are raging, or too tired to think.
Prayer is NOT OPTIONAL! Thank you God for not leaving me as I am and helping me to restore this temple. Both inside and out. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Relying on my own power is planning to fail. My spiritual diet is important too. What I feed my mind in word, music, entertainment is crucial to my walk with God. Garbage in garbage out.
Exercise is NOT OPTIONAL! Daily workouts are a must. Minimum 30 minutes a day. Walking counts. Take the stairs. Do squats when waiting. Biking is a passion and I can reward consistency in exercise with tools and clothes that make it even more enjoyable.
Community is NOT OPTIONAL! Friends, family, church members, and Sparkers are all vitally important to success. The love and friendship is packed with trust and accountability this the secret to success. I must be as transparent in my failures as in my success. Helping others helps me. Being real and encouraging others is so rewarding and keeps me focused on the next right choice.
So knowing how to succeed and actually doing it is hard. However, being unhealthy and sick is harder. I can do the right things and spend whatever time I have left living an exceptional quality of life and not have regrets and complaints later. No one knows the future. I know that every step in the right direction is like money in the bank of good health and quality living. I wish I had learned this when I was 22 instead of 52 but if that is my only regret, then I count it a blessing.