Getting off the Couch

As promised, here is my Saturday update on my quest for average. But first let me inspire you with a commercial that you will see in tomorrows quest for the NFL Title:


If that doesn’t inspire you to get off the couch and chase cars, nothing will 🙂

Now back to me! On the first – I let the day slip away without walking (first day failure).  I rallied on  day two and scheduled time to walk after lunch. I walked 0.7 miles at a pleasant pace (Jenn and Marshall were kind enough to walk with me). Four months ago this would have been an easy task but it was no piece of cake for my first day. On day three my distance was the same and although I’ll claim my pace was faster – it too was probably the same 🙂 Although for day three, I walked with Jenn and three dogs (one of which, mostly Wrigley, I held the leash). Walking holding a dog’s leash works an entirely different muscle group (upper body) which I think will be great for my overall health.

I’m calling the week a win! I actually got unchained from my desk and did something! In week two, I hope to add in the nutrition component.

Stay Tuned!

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You are Never a Failure until You Stop Trying

It is hard for me to accept when something doesn’t work. I have an idea and I try to go from idea to reality and it doesn’t work! Soon I am feeling like a failure. It is easy to take a lack of success and label it as failure; when the reality isn’t failure but lack of success.

Perhaps you have heard how Thomas Edison unsuccessfully tried over 6ooo times to create a light bulb. On one occasion a young journalist challenged Edison saying to him, “Mr. Edison, why do you keep trying to make light by using electricity when you have failed so many times? Don’t you know that gas lights are with us to stay?”

To this Edison replied, “Young man, don’t you realize that I have not failed but have successfully discovered six thousand ways that won’t work!”

Because Edison believed an electric light was possible, he refused to give up. He tried countless types of material in his search for a filament that would work. He sent men to China, Japan, South America, Asia, Jamaica, Ceylon and Burma to search for fibers to test in his laboratory–all to no avail.

On October 21, 1879, after thirteen months of repeated failures, Edison finally succeeded in finding a filament that would work. Then the thought came to him, “Why not try a carbonized cotton fiber?”

After going through two spools of cotton, he eventually perfected a strand only to break it while trying to place it in a glass tube. He refused to give up and persevered with this idea for two more days and nights without sleep. Finally he succeeded in placing a carbonized thread into a vacuum-sealed bulb! Eureka! It worked.

Are you having trouble sticking to your diet? Has your exercise routine fallen by the wayside? Have you lost your job? Is your marriage falling apart?  Are you feeling stress and that you are a failure? Are you ready to throw up your hands and give up?

Don’t do it!

Stop, take time to assess what hasn’t worked and figure out a new way, a new path, a new career, or a new routine.

Persevere!

Success is just around a corner; all you must do is find the corner.

You are NEVER a failure, until you stop trying!

 

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Who are You?

Who are you? It is such a difficult question to answer. Am I am parent or a child? Am I a student or a teacher? Am I a friend or a foe? Who am I?

Yesterday I attended a funeral service. As I sat in the service I thought about who she was.  I thought of all the people in attendance and how she may have touched their lives. Perhaps, the idea of touching each others lives was fresh in my mind because I had the day before read a blog post by Cherry Woodburn ‘Learn About Your Hidden Superpower & Use It For Good’ where she talks about how we influence others in our every day lives.

When someone stands before those you have influenced and tells about your life, What will they say? Who will you have influenced with your words and deeds? Who will they say you were?

Does who you think you are and the influence you think you are having match with what others believe?

I am not suggesting that you live your life always concerned with other people. However, I do think we as parents, teachers and friends need to be mindful of how our words and actions influence those around us. As Cherry said in her blog post, you have superpowers, use them for good!

 

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What are you Doing Today to reach your Goal Tomorrow

I suffer from PROCRASTINATION, in an all caps kinda way. Unfortunately, the busier I am, the less I seem to be productive.

Here are 8 of my favorite suggestions on how you can make your day more productive.

  1. Daily goals. Without a clear focus, it’s too easy to succumb to distractions.  Set targets for each day in advance.  Decide what you’ll do; then do it.
  2. Worst first. To defeat procrastination learn to tackle your most unpleasant task first thing in the morning instead of delaying it until later in the day.  This small victory will set the tone for a very productive day.
  3. Peak times. Identify your peak cycles of productivity, and schedule your most important tasks for those times.  Work on minor tasks during your non-peak times.
  4. Deadline. Set a deadline for task completion, and use it as a focal point to stay on track.
  5. Promise. Tell others of your commitments, since they’ll help hold you accountable.
  6. Resonance. Visualize your goal as already accomplished.  Put yourself into a state of actually being there.  Make it real in your mind, and you’ll soon see it in your reality.
  7. Glittering prizes. Give yourself frequent rewards for achievement.  See a movie, book a professional massage, or spend a day at an amusement park.
  8. Nuke it! The most efficient way to get through a task is to delete it.  If it doesn’t need to be done, get it off your to do list.

 

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Be Smart Implementing New Found Inspiration

After yesterdays blog post I was thinking about the things I am more grateful for in my life. So, I started a list. The first thing I wrote on my list was my health. It seemed liked a good place to start; without being healthy many things in life become much more difficult.

With my new inspiration, I decided to start some yard tasks I have been avoiding. It felt great to see the progress of my labors and I was proud of my accomplishments at the end of the day. Then, after dinner it started. PAIN!

I naturally thought, ‘oops, over did it’ but the pain was relentless. Nothing I could do seemed to relieve it. I considered that it may be a heart attack, but then dismissed this thought. The reality is that I have let my body become a body at rest. The movement and exertion were too much for my sedentary body.

The moral of my story is, be smart be safe, and remember if you haven’t been active in a while, don’t over do it. Go slow! Reintroduce (or introduce) your body to exercise at a reasonable pace. Learn from my mistake 🙂

 

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Inspiration in Pop Culture?

I saw a reference to a video float by on twitter the other day. I was intrigued, so I clicked to watch. As the video began, I though ‘this is a waste of time’ (I’m not a pop culture follower) but soon realized that the message I have been sharing is here in this video.

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