I laced up my running shoes at 6:10 am and it looked like it was going to rain. I got about 2.5 miles from my house and it got really dark. The clouds were rolling in fast and I knew I was in trouble. I turned around to start heading for home and I started running faster, keeping a constant eye on the clouds above. When I was about 1 mile from home, my phone started beeping with flash flood and severe weather warnings just as the thunder cracked and the lightening lit up the sky.
Change. I think that one of the hardest things in life is when we transition from one phase of our life to another - some might call it chapters in our life story. When we get to the end of one chapter, it is time to start writing the next chapter, and change can be tough for a lot of us. Any time we leave what is comfortable and step into the unknown, it can be scary.
How many calories do you eat every day? How many calories should you be eating? How much protein do you eat daily and how much should you be eating? How many steps do you take daily on average?
One of the most common things I hear from my clients is their frustration and disappointment with themselves when they “cheat” on their new weight loss program. Although it is unrealistic for any of us to expect perfection, we all do. We all think we can and should be “good” all of the time. We are harder on ourselves than we would ever be to a friend or family member. So why do we get so frustrated with ourselves when we realize we aren’t perfect?
According to a Harris Poll, the top seven New Year’s Resolutions were:
Wow! Five of the top 7 resolutions are health related. Clearly, improving our health is a top priority for the majority of Americans and I am going to help you with that.
What are your goals for this year? How about your goals for this month? Goals for this week? Today? If you don’t have any goals, it is CRITICAL to your success that you set them NOW. Study after study shows that goal setting leads to behavior change which ultimately leads us to success. You can increase your chances of success by 91% just by setting goals!!
There is always something to be thankful for
Never let all the things you want, make you forget the things you have
When asked if my cup is half full or half empty, my only response is that I am thankful I have a cup
If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get
-Frank A Clark
None of us are immune to bad days or bad experiences. Life is a series of ups and down and how we ride that roller coaster will determine the life we live. None of us have any control over our beginning in life, but we all have control over the end.
Darleen is a Certified Personal Trainer, Weight Loss Specialist, Behavior Change Specialist, and Life Coach. She has been in the healthcare industry for over 20 years.