Is Your Life Living You?

Catalysts for making changes in our lives vary from one person to the next, as well as for each person. It could be a life changing event or something as normal as when a parent becomes an empty nester (me, right now).

The steps outlined in this TED article are an excellent tool to help guide through the process of deciding whether or not to make a life change. Even if a catalyst hasn’t presented itself, the opportunity to make changes is ever present. Start by asking yourself, “Lying on my death bed, in the last few moments of my life, what will I regret NOT doing?”

Life is short, people. There is never a better time than now. Don’t let your life live you.

Here’s something you might want to consider tattooing on your forehead: What we fear doing most is usually what we most need to do, says productivity guru Tim Ferriss. To do or not to do? To try or not to try? Most people will vote no, whether they consider themselves brave or not. Uncertainty and…

via How to push past your biggest anxieties and act —

Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop

I’m in the middle of week five with my lifestyle coach. I’ve lost 10 pounds and about as many inches from chest to thighs. Week one started out great, but cut me down quickly with the beginnings of a sore throat Thursday evening. I was full-blown sick during week two—I attributed it to my body responding to the changes in my diet, something like a “carb flu“—and on Tuesday of week three, I went to the doctor. I had a sinus infection!

I’m doing great with what I’m eating—I’ve been dairy, gluten, and sugar free for 30 days now—not so much with the meal schedule. I’m supposed to eat five meals a day and I haven’t accomplished that yet. My coach isn’t concerned I’m not getting enough food because my body is responding. Right now, this is my favorite meal: roasted sweet potatoes, chicken (seasoned with smoked paprika and lime), spinach, and avocado. So good and yummy!

I’m also not doing great with eating at the same times each day, much less getting up at the same time each day, or even exercising daily.

On Tuesday of week four, I stopped my 365 Project. It occurred to me that I had successfully committed to a daily habit for 132 days—a commitment that does not support my health goals. As I have a bad habit of choosing the easier and more fun things to do, leaving the “should dos” to pile up around me, I thought it best to be happy that I could commit to a daily habit and then redirect my time and energy to activities that will help me achieve my health goals.

On Thursday of week four I ordered my first Fitbit, it arrived on Friday, and I love it! What a great tool to encourage more movement!

Although right now I feel like I’m taking two steps forward, then one step back, I am making progress and it is a thing to acknowledge and be inspired by.

Just keep swimming!

Interstitial 127: Dud

Mt. Hood looked fabulous on the drive home, but had begun to darken by the time I reached this viewpoint. What a great excuse to play in Photoshop! This photo was leveled, grayscaled, and filtered. For some reason, I’m drawn to this grainy look.