Today was one of those days. I got up with the intention of writing but instead went on a little excursion with my hubby. Bought a couple of new books from Barnes & Nobles, went to my favorite organic grocery store, had some great soup for lunch (carrot pumpkin coconut soup), will try to recreate it for a future meal. We came home, put the groceries away, talked with a friend, made up some spice mixes, at a snack with my husband. All I basically wanted to do today was everything else but write. So I haven’t written anything, not my three sentences for the day, not a single page on my book, and even now as I’m writing this, I am reluctant to finish it.
It takes more than just discipline to follow through on a project, at least it does for me. I must be motivated to do it. Without the inner motivation I am in left field looking at all the pretty flowers while the world is running past me. My mind is everywhere today.
I guess I realized that I just needed a break and I took one. While I didn’t accomplish what I set out to, it was nice to take the time and just do something else. We all need to have that time to unwind from the world, our worklife, our serving life, and all the other items we put on our plates. Yes, I put so much on my plate probably because I have this innate feeling to help as many people as I can each day even at the cost of my own sanity.
So my three sentences are written for today, well a whole lot more than three. And I’ve written a blog post that is from my heart. Taking a break every now and then to collect my thoughts and unwind is a great way to start the week. What do you think?
Wishing you wellness for a new day.
Taking a Break
Relax! You’ll Be More Productive
Some quotations to stir your spirit and engage your mind.
Let’s face it, if we don’t find exercising fun, many of us just won’t do it. But then I think, when does everything we do have to be fun in order for us to do it. Anyone who’s ever changed a diaper knows it’s not fun but it is a necessary part of life that needs to get done. There are many other things in life that are not fun but yet we do them, exercise for some of us could be in that same category. For people who love to exercise this blog post may be a little boring, but for all of you who dread waking up to exercise and will look for every excuse in the book to not exercise this post will hit a nerve.
Remember the old saying “Use it or lose it?” I’ve known many examples of people who got no physical activity and their lives were shortened or seriously changed because of the lack there of. One such example was my own father. While my father was a very inspiring man his only exercise came when he would walk the trash cans to the end of our drive way once a week. Oh don’t get me wrong we had all sorts of exercise equipment from stationary bicycles, to contraptions that hung on door knobs that had leather grips that made you look like you were walking while lying on your back. We also had this one piece of equipment that had four foam pads on a track, two for your hands and two for your knees it made you feel like you were crawling. These things got used for all of a month then they would sit in our basement collecting dust. My father died at the age of 63 back in 1988.
Then I have my uncle Hank. I always remember him as being thin but he was just as unhealthy as my father when it came to exercising. His favorite exercise was golfing. He loved the sport so much that he had a golfing green installed in his backyard. When I stayed with my aunt and uncle I would go golfing with him on occasion, and we always road in the golf cart because as he would say “It took too long to walk it!” He died when in 1982 at the age of 62.
I have numerous examples in my life of people who would say “I just hate to exercise.” “It makes me too sweaty!” “I don’t like the way I feel when I exercise.” “It takes too much time!” These are the people who today are either dead or living in a handicapped state all because they made excuses about why they didn’t want do it instead of waking up to exercise.
Yes I have physical handicaps. I have five screws holding my left foot together. I have a painful autoimmune disease. I have the residual effects leftover from a car accident. But I’ve found that when I exercise I feel better. I’ve made the excuses just like everyone else, too. “I’m too tired!” “My foot hurts!” “The pain is too great today!”
Our bodies were not designed to sit all day. It’s ironic when you look at it from an animal standpoint. We’re told that eating organic cage free chickens is better for us. So we’ve let our animals roam free and put ourselves in cages. Now no amount of eating organic food is going to save a sick population if we’re sitting in our own cages we call offices, homes, and vehicles. If you don’t have a physical job than you better have a physical life. We need to exercise. It’s simple. We need to get rid of all the excuses of why we don’t exercise. We need do it whether it’s fun or not. Yes there are all sorts of books out there that tout the benefits of exercising and you can read them all but having the knowledge won’t make you do it. You have to just wake up, cut the crap, and exercise.
Look at the examples in your own family of people who have really lived and those who lived with their excuses. You’ll find your motivation to wake up to exercise.
Many moons ago I used to be a special education assistant working in a small school where the elementary, middle, and high school were all connected in one building. Part of my job was to follow certain students from class to class; taking notes for them, reading tests to them, and disciplining them if needed. One certain class was a high school English class where each morning the teacher would write a new motivational quote up on the board and have the class write this quotation in their special notebooks: “Motivational Quotations”.
After writing the quote she would spend 15 minutes going around the class asking each student what he or she thought these words meant. She would even ask me occasionally to get an adult’s view point of these words. The students loved this exercise. I saw that it helped them internalize the words of the famous and the obscure people of history. This is also where I too fell in love with quotations.
I used this same exercise when I home schooled my sons. I would write simple quotations up on the board and ask my then grade school aged sons what they thought it meant. Only my sons being as astute as they were, would take the exercise a step further and sometimes used the quotations to write journal entries, or even dig deeper into the biography of the person from whom the quotation came from. This simple little exercise which started in English and Language Arts grew to include history, science, critical thinking, philosophy, and even religious studies.
Words can take us many places, they motivate us to do good, wound when they are hurled at us, comfort when whispered to us, inspire when internalized, and heal when spoken to ourselves. The connection we have with words, and the words we use everyday come from deep within us. Surround yourself with motivational quotes and your attitude will reflect that motivation.
Here are two of my favorites:
What are your favorites?
Our children asked us many times “WHY?” “Why is the sky blue?” “Why do I have to clean my room?” “Why do I have to take a nap?” “Why do I have to pick up my toys?”
It’s time for each of us to ask ourselves these basic questions to dig deeper into why this year is going to be different than all the other years behind us.
“Why do I want to become healthy?” “Why does my health mean so much to me?” “Why do I want to make more money?” “Why am I stepping out of the boat?
Do you know your whys?
Our whys motivate us to keep going. I know this is only the second page of the 365 page book, but if we don’t have our whys done we will close the book before it ever gets interesting.
What are your whys?
Explore them in detail, write scenarios about them. Pin them to your walls, your mirrors, your refrigerator doors, your front doors, your steering wheels, your computer monitors.
Keep your whys close to your mind and you will finish your book with great success.
My new best friend!
It’s Friday Faves again and I have a special favorite that I have fallen in love with for its simplicity and its thoroughness. The tools on this website and AP are great for people like me who need everything broken down.
Here are my five reasons why I LOVE this website!
5. Challenges: I love that the challenges are broken down into levels. The levels make it easier to progress for the beginner to move through easier challenges and gain the rewards. This builds confidence that carries into all other parts of life.
4. Groups: They have groups for any and every interest. I particularly like Commit to Fit Online, SlimKicker Women, and 30 Day Challenge Group.
3. Blog: Written by professionals in the fitness industry, each blog entry is written in concise terms which means I can read the blogs quickly and glean what I need from the information.
2. Points: Every healthy choice I make equals points. So if I choose to walk for 3 miles this morning I earn points that translate into reaching the next level. (So far I have 12 percentage points to get to the next level). This motivates me. Each little step I take gets me closer the my own finish line!
1. Food Log: This is the best online food log I have ever used. And I have used many of them. This is the only one where I can type in Quinoa and I get all the listings for it and not Quizno’s Subs. It also recognizes spelt bread with the exact same brand that I buy. It is so much easier to track your food when you don’t have to input the entire food label of something you’re eating.
I love, love, love it!