you know you should, but you don’t

Are you struggling to do something about your weight or your health you know you should, But you just can’t seem to stick to it longer than the one day?  You’re not alone.  Here are some things you can do:

Turn the should into want toChange the words you use.  It can make a difference in your willingness to take the action.  Instead of sayingI should go for a long walk every day,” say “I want to go for a long walk every day.”

Prevent all-or-nothing thinking –
Add flexibility to your goal.  In addition to “I want to go for a long walk every day” tack on “or as often and for as long as I can.”

Get specific – Include the where, when and who.  “I want to go for a three-mile walk every morning before 8” or “I will walk at 4:30 pm on Tuesdays with Janet and we’ll meet at the park.”

two women walking

 

What will you change or add this week?

 

Stop living life for what’s around the corner & start enjoying the walk down the street. 

Grant L. Miller

what’s in your day? part 1

What’s in your day?

I’ll be asking you to look at the answers to three questions over the next several weeks that will help you make progress toward your goals, whether it’s weight loss, weight maintenance or just happiness and health (which is everything really).

What’s not there that should be?I've failed over and over and over again in my life, and that is why I succeed.  Michael Jordan

Before we start clearing your schedule of any activities that are sucking your time away, let’s start with what’s not there. After all, until you have something better to do or enjoy, why bother freeing up your time? Why put the TV remote control down if you’re just going to put something less enjoyable in its place? What’s not on your schedule that you think should be there? I’m not talking chores or to-do list items, I’m asking about the things that support you, increase your energy, power your dreams, enhance your growth, and sustain your spirit. Things that make you go mmmmm, ahhhhhh, and yesssss!

What are some of the things you’ve wanted to do but haven’t found the time for?  Pick one to focus on this week.

    • Take a vacation (2 weeks or 2 days)
    • Get a massage
    • Read
    • Take a class
    • Journal
    • Chat with a friend
    • Dance or other activity just for the fun of it
    • Paint, write, create
    • Enjoy your hobby
    • Sleep
    • Rest
    • Relax
    • Take some down time
    • ______________ (fill in your ongoing wish for more time)

What are some things you know will support your goals and dreams if they ever do make it into your day? Even if they don’t excite your motivation (yet), take note of activities that will power your success.

    • Physical activity
    • Meal planning
    • Shopping
    • Cooking
    • Clearing away clutter
    • Going to your doctor
    • ______________ (fill in your ongoing wish for more time)

Some of you have schedules full of work and family and little time for you.   Others might have schedules filled with a lot of personal time but need help with focusing on other critical activities, such as work projects, building a business, organizing your home, writing that book, etc.  Now you have a list of things that you can and want to do once you’ve opened up your schedule.  By identifying what needs to be added to your schedule (for more fun and success) you can then begin to make better choices with your time once you’ve cleared some space (or rather time) in your schedule.  We’ll look at what’s in your schedule next week but for now…

What’s ONE activity you want to do?

“No excuses” – Truck driver dances off 97 pounds from CNN

Weight Loss Tips for Truck Drivers can apply to anyone who travels for a living.

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