You’ve decided to make big changes. Exercise more. Eat healthier. Great, but what does that mean?
We all understand fitness and nutrition in the generic, big-picture sense. Some of us are even aware of the bottom-line impact of these changes. But if you’ve never tried clean eating before, what exactly do you need to start with?
If you’re trying the 21 Day Fix like I did, for instance (btw, I’m finishing my 2nd round next week and will dive straight into round 3), there are lots of containers, do’s and don’ts, and instructions. However, it’s easy to get overloaded from all that information, and you need a strategy.
For starters, take a long last look at those goodies in your freezer, cupboard, and fridge, and get rid of them. No! I don’t mean gobbling them all up! Discard them, give them to a neighbor, or take them to work for someone else…
We don’t have a lot of time on this planet. It’s a blink of an eye, really. We grow up hearing we have plenty of time and that we don’t have to make decisions about who we want to be when we finally do grow up. And then, we grow up. And we still convince ourselves we have plenty of time to work, to dream, to raise our kids, to save our money, to start that business, or write that book. But, we don’t. Between sleeping, eating, and the bathroom, almost 50% of our day (that’s our life) is spoken for. Then, most of us have a job that eats up a substantial chunk of the rest, plus family, socializing, events, TV, and more, there is quite literally not enough time in the day.
Guess what? Nearly everyone is in the same boat. And still, some people find the time…
We all procrastinate sometimes and there are times when procrastination is okay. But, there are times when delaying action can become very costly. I learned or retrained myself to be a man of immediate action instead of a fearful procrastinator. You can too!
I wrote this in March when I only had 100 or so readers so I thought I would share. Hope you enjoy:
This month 8 years ago I noticed my first MS symptom. I was on vacation in West Palm Beach, Fl and noticed a small numb spot on the bottom of my right foot. I cannot believe it has been EIGHT years! Time sure seems to be jetting past me these days. One thing I have been thinking about is how different I am now compared to that time in my life 8 years ago. The memories appear in my mind, but feel as though they are from another lifetime.
I encourage everyone to take time and evaluate your place in life compared to your life 8-10 years ago. Many times we relate to a specific event or a city we lived in to recall memories. So I want you to stop and think about the person you were 5, 8, 10 years ago. Where did you live? Where were you working? Who were your friends? What was your income? Were you married? Take a full inventory and then compare to your life today. Are you better off now? Then? Relatively the same? Are there things you need to accomplish that have been avoided?
Time is an interesting topic and can serve as the catalyst for many amazing philosophical conversations. But when all is said and done, time keeps on a tickin’. Don’t be that person that looks back and says “I wish I had done _______.” Do your future self a favor and become a person of action today!
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I was reading about a nurse named Bronnie Ware on Huffington Post. She is a nurse that worked with patients that were in their last days/moments of life. She wrote a book titled The Top Five Regrets of the Dying: A Life Transformed by the Dearly Departing and here are the five regrets with excerpts from the book:
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.“This was the most common regret of all. When people realize that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honored even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realize, until they no longer have it.”
I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.“Often they would not truly realize the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”
I wish that I had let myself be happier.”This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realize until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”