From part 2 of B- New held on Saturday, April 16th- Yesterday, during our health talk, someone asked if I cooked two separate meals for those in the family that ate “right” and for those that weren’t quite as concerned with their eating habits.  It was interesting  to hear the opinions on that subject.  Some said that they did cook two separate meals, some said that they did not.

I am not going to debate the right or wrong of that question.  Folks have to make their own decision concerning that topic. But the bottom line is that if you want to get healthy, lose weight, or start exercising,  it really is up to you. Making those needed changes will not always be convenient and often circumstances can feel like they are “against” us. (“My kids have cookies in the pantry, that fried chicken just looks too good,  I’m too tired to exercise tonight”).

Some people have great self control and can overcome these temptations.  Some of us find it harder to resist. But, most all of us need some kind of accountability when we are trying to make big changes. Find a friend that you can call or text when you need support.  Run with other like minded people. Share healthy recipes!

Not everyone will support you but just don’t look back in 5 years and say, “I wish I would have done this or that but it was just too hard.” We are responsible for our own health and the fact that others around us don’t hold to that same notion does not excuse us. So get out there and get healthy! You can do it!


Setting Goals Without Guilt

From our B-New talk on 3/22/16- Making changes, setting goals, starting something new…  How do I do that?  How do I make changes permanent, or at least have them last longer than a month or so? I have found that I have to spend time thinking about my goals.  Are they something that I really want?  Am I willing to take the steps that need to be taken in order to get to where I say I want to be?  That’s the best working definition of discipline that I know.

If my goals are not realistic, if they are not attainable, or if I really am not inspired to do the work that is needed, then  my resolve will quickly fade.    I might say I want to run a half marathon, but I need to know what it REALLY takes in order to accomplish that.   If I don’t have time to train, don’t have the will to eat correctly, or just don’t really like to run, then I need to admit that to myself and move on to something else.

Nobody wants to feel guilty all the time about not meeting their goals!  Sometimes we can prevent that by just simply being honest with ourselves and admitting what we are willing to do. A lot of times, once we get started on that road to change, we find that we are willing to do even more than we dreamed we would or could do!


Embrace the Daily Grind

I love college football!  I’m a southerner, and a UT and Crimson Tide fan.  (I know those last two things don’t go together but that’s another story). I watch the SEC Channel and listen to all the sports stations on Sirius XM radio.  I just can’t help myself!  Therefore, I am never caught unaware as to who’s the top running back, who’s the #1 team in Week #3 of the season, or what coach said what.

As I listened to the coaches and players talk, especially during the “practice” portion of this past season, I heard several different themes develop.   But every team seemed to be focusing on some version of the phrase, “Embrace the Daily Grind”. This idea strikes me as a mantra that can be applied to any area of our lives whether sports, studying, eating or learning a new skill. The Daily Grind gets me to where I say I want to be:  “I’d like to lose weight”, so there will be days of denying my “wanter”. “I want to lift 100 lbs”. There will be many days of lifting 25, 50, and then 75 lbs. “I want to score a 1700 on my SAT”.   You can be sure that every night I won’t be able to stay up until midnight texting my friends.

Some days are hard and some days are just tedious tasks performed over and over again. But, if I “Embrace the Daily Grind”, I will eventually see my goal getting closer and closer.  I realize that it won’t always be comfortable and it won’t always be what I really want to do.  But, it is required! No magic formulas and no quick fixes.  (Unless you win a big Powerball lottery.)