Depending on which expert you ask, a habit can take anywhere from 21-45 days to put into action before it sticks. I’m not big on counting the number of days versus simply knowing the habit is remaining effective.
Allow me to introduce you to Bob, the toad. He shows up at my front door almost every evening and hangs out until the next morning. He’s been doing it for months. As I left the other morning to head to my personal training session, I took notice of Bob and realized something.
He is consistent in showing up. I’m learning I can count on looking out my front door when I let my dog Zeke out each night and Bob is almost always there, just chilling.There’s a lesson to be learned there, friends.
In July I promised you I was going to share my weight loss results since signing up with a personal trainer. I’m keeping my promise, even though it scares me to death to “pour it all out there.”
On August 1 Kim weighed me in and recorded my measurements and body fat. I never took my measurements at the beginning of my 145 lb. weight loss in 2008, but I do know I went from a size 30 to a size 16. Kim and I agreed I would only weigh in once per month so the scale wouldn’t be my focus. I must admit it’s been a bit hard, but I’ve managed.
Here’s where I started:
I don’t believe anyone wakes up and says, “I desire to be overweight and miserable for all the days of my life.”
I never did.
Sometimes, though, you just get in this rut. You know better, but you don’t differently, because you’ve been in the rut for so long.
Do you ever find yourself looking up and wondering how you got there?
There is hope.
Dr. Henry Cloud, a Christian Psychologist, wrote in his book, 9 Things You Simply Must Do to Succeed in Love and Life, about none other than the ant. A tiny insect that we rarely pay attention to.
He tells the story about purchasing an ant farm while in his doctorate program. After staring at the ants for a while, nothing was happening. He felt his time and money were both wasted on this stupid ant farm, so he was going to throw it away.
A friend suggested he wait until he returned from vacation to throw it away. Just give the ant farm one more chance. He agreed.
When he returned from vacation, he was amazed at what he had found. The ants had practically built their own city!
But they didn’t do it overnight. Instead, they built their home one grain of sand at a time. Tedious, time consuming work turned into a beautiful fortress behind the glass.
Ladies, join me for a delicious luncheon as I share four ways to use Social Media to grow your business. If you’re curious about how to build relationships and use transparency to create sales, this is the presentation for you.
RSVP to Mary-Ann Daily at firstname.lastname@example.org.
||September 11, 2014
||Women Connecting to Inspire Luncheon
||Four Ways to Use Social Media to Grow Your Business
Women Connecting to Inspire Luncheon
Black Oak Grill
||601 Branson Landing Blvd
||Click here for more information.
January brings the time of New Year’s Resolutions. For many, that resolution is to lose weight. You’re excited! You’re going to do it this time! 10 lbs. 20 lbs. 50 lbs.
You’re envisioning a new wardrobe, or maybe you’re excited to see what it’s like not to have to order a seatbelt extension on the plane. Then January rolls around and so many have given up until next year.
Here we are in September and 2014 is more than halfway over, but what if you didn’t wait until January to start setting goals? What if you could make a change today? In this moment. Right now.
Have you recently used food as a way to protect yourself? Did it leave you feeling regret only moments after? You’re not alone, my friend.
I’ve been in the middle of some heavy, emotional things happening in my family right now. Because food is an easy go-to for me in difficult times, I’m on high alert of my actions.
On a particularly rough day this past weekend, I decided I wanted some Chinese food – a buffet. I was hungry and it was lunch time. Before I headed to the restaurant, I texted a friend to let her know I was considering Chinese. When I pulled into the parking lot, she texted me back with some great word of wisdom:
No buffet today, ok? Don’t emotionally eat.
Boom! She called me on it before I even realized I was about to emotionally eat. I had two choices in that moment. I could eat my way through sadness at the buffet, or I could make a healthier choice, which wouldn’t leave me with regret later.
Depression sucks. Suicide, even worse. Just typing the words stirs a sadness in my heart that makes me want to write about anything but this.
Throughout the last week, I’ve listened to many discussions and read several social media posts and blogs about the tragedy of Robin Williams’ death. But I haven’t said much. I simply haven’t had much to say.
The news took me back to the day the world lost another comedic genius, Chris Farley. I sat in my high school art class and grieved his loss with my classmate, Robbie.
Today, I mourn again. I don’t know why a man who could bring tears of laughter to your eyes in seconds, decided to take his life. What I do know, however, is I can relate to the desire to want to do the same.
In today’s culture we’re taught to have our own opinions, and voice them consistently. We have a “right” to tell others what we think, and often we end up being more close-minded because of it.
I admit I struggle not sharing my opinion with the world, but I’m much better than I used to be. Turns out the world still goes around when it doesn’t hear what I think about everything.
Unfortunately, we seem to be more of an entitled generation than ever before, and because of that, many of us don’t live with an open mind.
I am excited to be speaking at Higher Ground Experience #66 in Eureka Springs, AR. Though this event is full, you can sign up for the next one.
||October 9, 2014
||Higher Ground Experience #66
Little Portion Retreat Center
||Eureka Springs, AR
||Click here for more information.