Today, I was sitting here lecturing myself that I should be getting the safety/emissions on the van instead of being lazy and being on the computer (regardless of the good things I was doing) and then I wondered if I would be less tired if I just started exercising again, as per my promise to Alison Wonderland, and I realized it would. So, I ordered the following as a birthday present to me (because it's my birthday this week, yo!):
Master Your Metabolism: The 3 Diet Secrets to Naturally Balancing Your Hormones for a Hot and Healthy Body by Jillian Michaels
Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred DVD
Yeah, yeah. I know. But I need a swift kick and new ideas always help me in the swift-kicking department.
And I know I keep boring the public with my drivel about my inability to lose weight and such, but I'm a tad obsessed right now. I'm obsessed because I keep failing. But all of my failure led me to write this for the neighborhood newsletter this week, so it's not all bad, right?:
By the end of February, most of us have stopped working on our New Year’s Resolutions. January is full of promise and resolve, but after a month or so, the resolve wanes...life gets in the way, our goals are too ambitious, we never really wanted to change after all.
I have been thinking of late as to why the things we want most in life take the most work. Being healthy means eating right, exercising, and staying away from temptations. Getting good grades means attending class, studying hard, and getting enough sleep. Learning a new skill (such as playing an instrument or sport) means hours and hours of practicing. Maintaining faith in God requires dedication, practicing what we preach, and consistent prayer. All of these things take work. Lots of work.
Goals, in and of themselves, are nothing if there is not a plan made. Goals are also nothing if we don’t work to follow through with those plans. But the point, I believe, is not to begrudge the hard work, but to just keep trying. Sure, the New Year’s resolutions may fall flat before the grass turns green, but where is it written that new goals can only be made and accomplished in January? Making goals in May or August or November are just as important. If we fail in our efforts, we get up again. We try again. And again, and again. We only fail when we stop trying. It may take us a thousand tries before our goal becomes a reality, but in the end, it will be worth it. And we will have had a thousand reasons to be grateful.
However, if a goal seems to be taking more than a thousand tries to reach, perhaps there are other things in play. Anthony J. D’Angleo once said that “when solving problems, dig at the roots instead of just hacking at the leaves.” If you can’t seem
to get healthy, figure out what is holding you back. If you won’t fit in piano practice, find out why. If you are failing math, go back and find where it got hard. If your faith in God is faltering, find where doubt first started. We cannot expect to succeed if we
keep “hacking at the leaves.” We must find out why we do the things we do, and
in order to succeed, we must change them. Then it won’t matter if we succeeded in January or February or even March. We will succeed in December, and be just as joyful!
It is a mistake to suppose that people succeed through successes; they often succeed through failures. ~Author Unknown
So, there you go. We're all failures that are learning from failure and moving on and getting stronger and stuff. In my case, it would be easy for me to say "If only my baby slept through the night..." "If only I didn't have children..." or "if only I didn't have as many children..." or "if only I lived here or there..." or "if only, if only, if only" and then EVERYTHING would be fine.
But it's not true. Because no matter how many "if only's" came true, I would still be stuck with hard stuff. Hard stuff doesn't go away, no matter the life, the location, or the luck. In fact, I bet you a bazillion bucks that if I was super-healthy and thin I would still be saying "if only..."
But I bet you I'd still like it! ;)