Good morning Journal & Friends,
A while back I added a cool little feature to my blog that causes related posts to pop up... the little row of thumbnail pics at the end of each post called "You might also like..." I added it for ME. I wanted to randomly read what I've written, to remind me of what I am trying to learn along the way. You know, learning by repetition.
Well! Yesterday afternoon I read one that kicked my behind... OUCH!!
It was like having a glaring light beamed right into your eyes, after you'd been walking around in twilight.
Here is one line that smacked me:
If you want to, you will find a way.
If you do NOT want to,
you will find an excuse.
This was from Day 136, last December 23rd. I had been slacking on exercise, procrastinating, and gave myself a good talkin' to. Seems like I now need it again!
Sure, I had torn out those stitches in my thigh. True, I had a raging painful infection in my hand. But after reading that post, I realized I had given myself permission to slack off. One was a lower body owie, and one was an upper body owie. That pretty much covers it, riiight??? Oh, poor me.
Are there legitimate times when we need to back off and recover? Absolutely. But this was not one of them, for me. It was an excuse to baby myself.
In that December post, I also wrote:
I was no longer procrastinating... I was DOING it. It feels good to finally be doing it, instead of just talking about it. That generates self-respect. Confidence. Hope. A sense of strength and empowerment. Not the stuck-up, arrogant kind... but the feeling that if you are committed and work hard, with all your heart, then you could really, actually, TRULY accomplish that thing that you have hoped for, cried for, prayed for, wished for, longed for... that you can lose the weight and get your health and life back.
You don't know exactly what the future holds, but you KNOW it will be an adventure, and you will be up for it. You will no longer be ashamed and hiding, and hopeless and discouraged. But you will hold your head up high, and it won't matter what others think... because you know you conquered a big monster that dominated your life for too long, and now you are free.
It's been a while since I've "felt" that kind of fire! I want that back. And if what I said there is true, then those feelings will return with the DOING of the thing.
I want to keep DOING, until these healthy habits are just that... habits. Routines that are so ingrained, they sort of run on autopilot. Then I'll know they are really are part of my life. They will BE the New Me.
So for now, I am practicing up on Being the New Me. Repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition, repetition....
(For complete post "Stop Procrastinating... Tomorrow" click HERE)
From Dr Phil's book: "It is what it is... deal with it."
My verse for today: "I will walk about in freedom, for I have sought out your precepts."
My quote for today: "The most handicapped person in the world is a negative thinker." --Heather Whitestone, first Miss America with a handicap--she is deaf
Enjoy the Journey,