How to not fall off the wagon… as much

This post is inspired by my cousin Mar, who commented today about having fallen off of her health commitment.  As I began to reply to her, I realized I had way to much to share than to simply reply.

Personally, I’m finding the food thing easy for me right now (probably because for my survival I have little choice in the matter).  The struggle I have is with keeping motivated with my mission here.  I love posting a blog, reading replies, and responding, but I struggle to actually sit down and write daily (which is my goal).  I’m just going to keep going though.

Here are a few key things to keep in mind about falling off, as well as few pointers to help keep you on track!

Falling off is:

  • totally natural, if not expected.  Us humans are not creatures that readily change our ways.  So if you find it difficult to maintain a new lifestyle change then know that you are not alone!
  • not a big deal unless you make it one.  Sometimes one makes a poor decision that is not in line with his or her commitment.  It’s gonna happen!  Don’t let the whole day, week, or month be ruined by it.  Your next decision has just as much power as the last.  In fact it has more power because if the last decision was poor, it has no possibility of being great anymore.  Your next decision has all the possibility in the world to be great, you choose!  

I fall off of my commitments all the time.  I know this is hard to believe because I am just so amazing right?  Why thank you.  Well I do!   Some of the things I have found useful in keeping my commitments in check are:

  • whiteboardI have a white board on my fridge (thanks to Dave).  It’s pretty simple.  A little messy.
  •   The point is it is in a spot that I frequent throughout the day.  So, every time I go to the fridge, I see my possibilities and my commitments, reminding me to stay on!
  • before I go to sleep, I create a schedule for the next day.  Worthy of note, I do not do this when I have fallen off.  It is one of the things that keeps me focused and on track.  When I stop doing this, falling off is usually not far behind.  The benefit of the schedule is two-fold.  First of all I get all that stuff out of my head, making sleep come easier (like I need any help with that).  Secondly, I have a guidebook to look at throughout my day.
  • I put more than just appointments in the calendar.  If I want to walk outside every day, it’s gonna need to be in my calendar.  Besides, doesn’t putting something in there make it more of a commitment for you?  It does for me.  Most things in my
    calendar get done.  Also, all things new to my calendar (in that it is an activity that I am not accustomed to doing already), get an alarm.  This is because I know I will need to be reminded!

Perhaps these pointers are elementary to you, but do you actually do them?  I know I have heard this all before.  Theact of typing it all out has served as a reminder to continue to follow through for myself.  What things do you do to keep committed to yourself?  Please share below as I can use all the pointers I can get!

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The power of a blog… the power of you!

This morning, prior to surgery # 2, I finally decided to share this blog that I have been working on since my diagnosis.  It was a difficult decision, accompanied with mixed feelings of excitement and nervousness.

Will people like it?

Why is my story so important?

Is it perfect enough yet?

On Facebook I asked friends to read it and leave comments.  The response was overwhelming.  In just one day, over 250 people visited this site with almost 1000 views of the various posts!  Some of you even left comments (woohoo and thank you).  The greatest thing is that a couple of you shared this blog with your friends.

Now this is where the power lies.  I don’t know some of you and when you share it with even more people that I don’t know, the potential reach of the blog is immeasurable and unpredictable.

The proof of this is already occurring.  This morning my friend Fawna, whom I’ve written about before, shared this blog with her Facebook community.  Several of her friends commented on it.  One of her friends, whom I do not know, posted this:

“Whenever I need a mental check in, I check out Fawna Bews FB page and found this amazing blog. It’s very true, our health is so important. If I look at the onset of my current viral situation I am reminded here that I will heal and need to take my health and wellness into my own hands moving forward too. I really have not been doing this as best as I could be these days, letting career and life’s stresses run me down & choosing quick, unhealthy foods to comfort me at night to turn the day off. So, today I’m very thankful I’ve been able to read these words with my burning eyeballs and start to visualize my recovery and create new living habits! It’s a process but I’m very very hopeful I can do it. Well her words meant alot to me today. I’m bed rested right now but it is not as serious as her. If she can find positives, develop goals and be at peace with the recovery process then I definitely can!”

Has this blog inspired you yet?  Perhaps it will inspire someone you love too.  Please share!