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Wisdom from our kids

Wisdom from our kids

“Never tell your Mom her diet is not working.  Never trust a dog to watch your food.  And if your Dad asks, Do I look stupid?, don’t answer.”

Unknown Sage

A year ago, in January of 2010 I responded to a radio ad and signed up for a thirteen week, “Maximize Living Boot Camp” by Dr. Joseph Singh (check out www.MeridianDocs.com).  OK; it was the New Year and traditionally every New Year I make a resolution to lose weight.  (I know, I know – what a novel idea!  Bet you’ve never heard that one before.)

Starting out at 6’3” and 237 pounds, I knew that the last time I weighed 200 pounds was in 1975 – my final year of playing collegiate basketball.  And then I thought, “Why would 2010 be any different”?  Would I go on a strict diet?  Been there, done that.  You, too?  Would it be the workouts?  Probably not; I already work out, and I think I am in decent shape (for someone my size!).  Will I abandon Grande Caramel Macchiatos?  Well, I’ve never actually had a Grande Caramel Macchiato (although I hear they’re very addicting!).  So what would be different?

Maybe it would be a renewed commitment to finish what I start. Unfortunately, we’ve all heard that before too, even say it ourselves, right?  Even received expert advice on it, like:

“My therapist told me a way to achieve peace was to finish things I started.  Today, I finished 2 bags of potato chips, a lemon pie, a fifth of Jack Daniels, and a small box of chocolate candy.  I feel better already!”

                                                                            Unknown Sage

I think regaining control over my weight has a lot to do with my approach to daily successes (and failures).  Winston Churchill once said, “Success is the ability to move from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”  Seems applicable to weight loss, or for that matter, any other personal improvement goals we set each year.

Yes I know; I’ve also heard that Churchill was a bit of a kook.  Like the story told of a Woman Member of Parliament who, after an extensive tirade at a social function, scornfully told the Prime Minister, “Mr. Churchill, you are drunk”, to which Churchill replied, “And you Madame, are ugly.  But I shall be sober tomorrow.”  (Ah, I digress.)

Back to Dr. Joe – In 2010, I completed three, thirteen-week boot camps; binged for six weeks on holiday food and adult beverages from Thanksgiving through New Year’s; and finished the year at 212 pounds!   By January of 2012, I will weigh 200 pounds (yes, yes, another New Year’s Resolution.)  How?  Well, I learned a lot from Dr. Joe – nutritional education (it’s amazing how much sugar is in everything we eat); regular exercise; group support (hey, welcome to my blog!).  But mostly I think it will be just about me; my ability to finish things; just staying focused each day; and when I “fall off the wagon” I won’t stay off the wagon, I’ll get back on as quickly as I can.

Brings to mind a thought, a proverb actually, that we can leverage each day in 2011 for our diet, our job, and any other important goals we set:

“Fall down seven times.  Stand up eight.”

                                                                           Japanese Proverb

So here’s to continuing the pursuit of getting to a little less of me in 2011.  How about you?

GAP

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