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Monday’s:New Week And A Fresh Start

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I like Monday’s. It’s a new week. A new beginning. To me, it’s like a.weekly New Year’s Eve. A chance to make a fresh start.

Whatever happened last week is the past. Good or bad, we are staring down the barrel of a fresh week.

There are three types of weeks. Good weeks. Awesome weeks. Weeks you never want to see again. Anyone who tells you they don’t have crappy weeks is lying to you. It happens. All you can do is move on to the next one. Work and family commitments get in the way of a wellness journey. For me, it’s when we travel or there’s a family event like the Super Bowl party we went to last week.

I like to eat. I can’t eat a little bit. This Big Fella gotta eat a lot. I struggle with this. So I try to avoid all you can eat places. Why? Because I will attempt to do just that. Eat. Some events can’t be avoided. I know I probably going to get beat up for saying that and people are going to write I should just tell myself. It to eat. Sorry, dawg…it doe at work like that. At least not for me. Not yet. Maybe one day. But, that addictive trait may always be there. I am working on changing. Believe me I am. I am one massive work in progress

So…what can you do?

Look at Monday morning as a new beginning. That’s how I look at the beginning of the week. It’s a fresh start. Day one of seven. You have a chance to correct any bad habits from last week. There is also an opportunity to focus and build on the positive actions from last week.
I look at the miles and push-ups I’ve completed in the previous week. I look forward to a friend challenging me to a Fitbit workweek challenge. I look at the days I didn’t drink soda or eat fast food.

These are some of the tips I use for when I come off a bad week. They don’t happen as much as they used to. I’m fortunate to have positive health habits built into my routine and have a positive accountability group for support and encouragement.

Good luck. You got this.

Editor’s Note
I meant to post this yesterday but couldn’t connect to WordPress. Yes, I should have tried harder.

I Worry About What I’m Doing

There are people faster than me.
There are people slower than me.
People who put in more miles than me.
People who put in less miles than me.
People who are really into the science of fitness.
All of this is okay to me.
The only things that matter to me, is what I think about what I can and can’t do and getting someone off the couch.
Could I have gone harder?
Could I have ran amother couple miles?
Could I have done a faster pace?
Could I……
I’m sure you get the point.
Probably.
I’ll worry about my failures so you don’t have to.
We need more people working on themselves instead of worrying about what everyone else is doing. Look to others for inspiration instead of putting them down.
You don’t need to point out my failures, because I know what they are and I’m working on them. Trust me, I’m not perfect, I have lots of things to work on both in fitness and in life.

My Battle With Excuses On A Wednesday

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No Excuses
I planned on getting up early to visit the gym before work. I woke up to a monsoon. Thought about canceling my run and workout because it was raining. Here’s the thing, I was planning a treadmill workout. The rain was an excuse.
As the rain continued to fall, I started looking for a jacket to wear so I wouldn’t get wet walking from my car to the gym. I couldn’t find the coat I wanted to wear because it was in the trunk of my car. Another excuse.
This was written during the warmup portion of my run on the treadmill.
The thought of these excuses went through my head. I ignored them and kept moving towards the goal of getting my workput in this morning.
When I went back to the gym to swim during my lunch hour, I realized I forgot my swim goggle at home. Swam a quarter mile without them. No excuses.
Me – many small victories
Excuses – zero

Get up and get active
We got this!

Just Dount. A #ThinkKit Prompt

Today’s ThinkKit prompt was to write a mantra for the year ahead, how you’ll approach it, and what you wish it to be. One montra I wrote earlier this year was “Just Donut!”. It’s a combination of two of my favorite things, donuts and not making excuses.
This montra is also meant to make people smile when they hear it. Because let’s face it, you have to be a pretty dark souled person if you don’t smile when someone says the word donut. “Mmmmmmmmmm donuts.” ~ Homer Simpson
When I read social media posts that say “I hope to….” or “I really wish I could……” I will usually respond with just donut. “Don’t think, just do.” ~ Yoda. So many times, we’ve already prepared for the task in our head. I do this a lot too. We get caught on the hardest part of doing something new. Yes, we just need a kick in the ass to start. Once we start, the train is moving and it’s easier to keep the momentum going.
So many people are overcome by the entire project. They can’t see the beginning, the middle, or the end. They see a giant deathstar of a project that needs to be completed or they over analyze the entire project and become hesitant to start because they think they need more time to properly plan.
Next time you are working yourself up before starting a new project. Take a deep breath and just donut.

A Word To The Wise. Listening To Smart People. A #ThinkKit Post

Today’s #ThinkKit prompt was “What was the wisest decision you made this year?”

The wisest decision I made this year was at the advice of my friend Hazel Walker. Many people know how she is. Yes, that Hazel. She’s like Prince. You can say her first name and everyone know’s who you are talking about.

I ran into H at an event downtown. Just a chance crossing. Every so often, her path crosses my path. We were talking about the future of BgKahuna and where I should take it.I did not know where to go with it. Like all pieces of good advice, you don’t listen to it right away. Why, because we, as a species are very stupid. Even though someone, who has walked in your shoes, has been there we don’t hear the message. We can’t let ourselves listen to the truth. She gave me a lot things to think about. Most of these ideas I was working on at the time and Hazel confirmed them. I felt good because I was on the right track.

I went home and didn’t act on our discussion. Why, because sometimes I’m stupid and stubborn to listen to smart people. Yeah, it happens to all of us. After a couple months, I started thinking about my conversation with Hazel. Why a couple months, did I mention I was Irish and stubborn? Yeah, a great combination. I wasn’t just thinking about what we talked about, I started acting on it. I started down the path of positive living. Using this blog to help others find happiness and the mental strength to overcome anything. I mean ANYTHING. If you follow me on Twitter, you know we can donut!

I am still in the early stages of this transformation. I changed the design of the blog. I am writing and sharing more positive material. I am reading more about psychology and happiness to be able to share that as well. This change has made me a better person and parent. Even though I didn’t hear the advice of a smart person, I was listening to her. Believe it or not, what she said did sink into my thick skull. I just had to move on my terms and pace.

This is part of the ThinkKit 31 Days of Blogging. Every day, bloggers in the challenge receive a writing prompt and blog about it. This program is to inspire daily writing. For more information, check out the ThinkKit website.