With the New Year approaching, I would love to find a way of ensuring that Eric and I are constantly enjoying the fruit of small victories. The saying “a failure to plan is a plan for failure” is true and I have seen it play out in my own life. Good intentions are not enough to get the job done! If they were, I would be super-model thin by now. ~smile~ When we look at everything we want to accomplish at one time, it is far too overwhelming. But, when we separate our massive goal (e.g., an immaculate home, good health, a doctorate, etc.) into bite size chunks, we will reach it over time. We … [Read more...]
Leave It Behind
The beginning of a new year often sparks hope and excitement in those of us who are dreamers. There is something about shedding the sadness and disappointment of one year and stepping into the optimism that comes with a clean slate. What was this year like for you? Was it full of good friends, fun, and accomplishments? Are you excited to see what next year has in store? Was this year filled with heartaches and disillusionment? Are you happy to move into a new year, or are you sorry to see this year go? The turn of a year is not only a good time to make plans and resolutions for the future, … [Read more...]
Are Unrealistic Goals or Expectations Sabotaging Your Life?
As some of you know, I have recently started a weight loss journey. A couple months ago, I was lying in bed and the thought crossed my mind, “I’m not willing to be fat anymore!” I’ve heard it said that change happens when the cost of staying the same is greater than the cost of making difficult life adjustments. I’m not quite sure what got me to that breaking point, but ever since then I’ve been looking forward to becoming healthy and doing activities I have been unable to do, or uncomfortable doing, at my current weight. A few years ago, I did Weight Watchers (WW) online; but, after a few … [Read more...]
What is Your Next Big Win?
Does it ever seem like the hardest part of a new project is simply starting it? The hardest part of exercise (or at least the part that I dread the most) is getting my exercise clothes on and tying my shoes. Once I actually start walking, running on the elliptical, or warming up with an exercise DVD, I’m fine. Just putting one foot in front of the other and making myself start is the biggest challenge. This is also true with term papers, home projects, and most unpleasant tasks we tend to put off until tomorrow. When you are dreading something, remember that beginning a task is the hardest … [Read more...]
Continue to Accomplish Something
When is the last time you set your mind on something and accomplished it? Maybe it was a college degree; perhaps, it was a half or full marathon; maybe you set your mind on captivating and winning a young lady's heart. Accomplishing difficult endeavors does the heart good and determination pays huge dividends in the end. A friend of mine recently completed an Iron Woman and she said that completing it felt better than the day she graduated college. While I've never experienced an Iron Woman, I can only imagine how amazing it must have felt for her to train, grow, and accomplish something so … [Read more...]