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?
I'm a lover of life, an eternal optimist, and I have an intense desire to add value through simple living and positive vibes.