I've been procrastinating about getting back into shape. I've started and stopped numerous times, but I finally hit the point where it's go time.
I'm not sure why it suddenly struck me, but it did and I'm thankful.
My goal is simply this: eat better and feel better physically.
Eating better means plenty of fruits and vegetables, drinking a protein shake daily, and eating very few sweets. In fact, last night I threw out the sweets I did have in the house so I wouldn't be tempted. I'm not saying no to sweets forever, just for now.
It also means getting myself back to the gym consistently. I have admittedly been a yo-yo lately with going and then not going. This morning I went and my plan will be to go four times a week. I'm also going to start running again and either run a half-marathon or 10K in May.
As a result of eating better and working out, the side benefit will be to lose weight. Yes, I want to lose the 10 pounds I've added to my frame. More importantly, though, I want to feel better and look better.
While I won't blog about it daily, I do plan to have 2-3 posts a week on my progress and to post a progress photo every three weeks. This first one was taken this morning at 119.5 pounds.
It's tough to get back into shape, but all it takes is one step at a time. Today I took the first step.
I don’t often write about my day job, but I should. As an elementary school counselor, there are nuggets each day I learn from these “little ones.” Nuggets that can easily be transformed into lessons for us “big people.”
I was asked to mediate a disagreement between two third graders. One of them owned up to what happened, we came up with a better way to handle the situation if it happens in the future, and he was back to class within three minutes.
And then there was the other student.
He made noises while his classmate was talking and we both ignored him. When I told him we would need to talk before he could go back to class, he promptly told me we would be here all afternoon.
I simply told him to let me know when he was ready to chat, turned away from him, and commenced to eating my lunch.
He played with my stuffed animals, made comments about a picture another student had made for me, and then he trailed off to silence…seven minutes later.
That’s when I knew he was ready. I turned around and asked him the initial question of what happened and he readily spilled the beans. All it took was some intentional ignoring and gentle questioning when he was ready for it.
What we adults can learn from this situation?
In other words, all had been forgotten.
Kids are resilient and they let things go faster than adults do.
Yeah, we could learn a thing or two from them.
I recently heard this question on a video I watched, and I started thinking about how I live my life on autopilot sometimes. I go through the day without giving a thought to what I've done or how I've made a contribution to others and myself.
I think about how I "want" to live or what I would "like" to be doing. The execution is where I often fail. I plan how I'm going to do something and I even get started but then I falter. As with many plans, the excitement occurs at the beginning and when that begins to wane so does the effort.
By asking myself, "How am I living?" at the beginning and at the end of each day, I put it at the forefront of my mind. I feel like this question will prompt me to do more, act instead of thinking only, and take more risks. Even if those risks end in failure, I will still learn something about how I'm living.
Plus, it's an accountability question. I don't want to get to the end of the day, look at this question, and then have no idea how to answer it. I feel like it will take me off autopilot and I will be more involved in my day from beginning to end.
Let me ask you, how are you living?
"Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." - Will Rogers
I'm a huge proponent of personal growth. I read books, attend conferences and workshops when I can, network with other writers, and interact with different groups online to learn from them.
I do this because it helps me to improve what I do: write. When I started this website a little over four years ago, it was to house my life coaching business. My brand has evolved from life coaching to writing and consulting, with an enormous emphasis on living an uncluttered life.
And as such, this website is growing and evolving as well. You will notice some changes that have already taken place. The name of the website is changing to Everyday Life Uncluttered. In order to reduce redundancy, I've simply made the landing page for blog posts to The Blog.
I'm continuing to mold and shape my mission statement. Right now it reads, "Contributing to make the world a little brighter through my writing and interactions." I'm not married to it, but in general, it's getting closer to what I want readers to gain.
Here's one thing that hasn't changed, yet. The website address will remain the same until March 1. That gives me ample time to get the word out about the change in URL.
Here's one thing that won't change: GTI Wednesday. Even though the overall umbrella is living an uncluttered life, living it is an action which is what GTI (Get To It) Wednesday is focused on doing.
I'm excited about what is ahead in this journey. I know it will take a more concentrated effort, an "all in" approach, but I'm ready for it. As author Rory Vaden says in his book, Take the Stairs, it's not a matter of SHOULD I do it, but rather HOW will I do it?
I'm in the process of figuring out the HOW, and I'm grateful to you for being a reader of this blog, sharing it with others if you feel so inclined, for being a subscriber to GTI Wednesday, for periodically checking out the website, and for your support and encouragement.
I'm growing leaps and bounds because of you...and because of me! Cheers to us!
When I listen to various podcasts, at some point this question is usually asked, "What is the one book that has influenced you the most?"
Each time I hear the question uttered, I freeze and am thankful the question isn't being asked of me. It's as if I can't come up with a single title of ANY book I've ever read, let alone the one that has influenced me the most.
While it might be because I've just finished reading it, but The ONE Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan could very well take me out of my frozen and panicked state should that question ever be tossed in my direction.
And here's why.
It's making me slow down. It's making me zone in on exactly what I want. It's making me take a good hard look at what I've been doing so far (and I don't exactly like what I'm seeing). It has not only been reflective, but it has motivated me to make some changes.
You know, like focusing on ONE thing. It starts with the focusing question: What's the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
Sounds easy enough, right? However, when you start rolodexing through the myriad goals you have set for yourself, it becomes difficult to figure out what the one thing is. The great aspect about this book is that Keller and Papasan take you through a process to help with such angst.
There are so many influential nuggets, but this one might be the biggest and fittingly enough, it's toward the end of the book:
The Highly Productive Person's Daily Energy Plan:
1. Meditate and pray for spiritual energy.
2. Eat right, exercise, and sleep sufficiently for physical energy.
3. Hug, kiss, and laugh with loved ones for emotional energy.
4. Set goals, plan, and calendar for mental energy.
5. Time block your ONE thing for business energy.
Five areas boiled down to their essence and put in such a practical way to follow daily. Once I read the list, I felt as if my personal overwhelm subsided and I could put together an action plan. One step at a time.
As the Russian proverb goes: If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one.
It's time to stop chase rabbits. It's time to get to work on the ONE thing.
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.