Motivational Speakers Journey To A Healthier Ever After: Do Not Take Your Eye Off the Ball



Motivational Speaker Taking Back Her Health

Yep, still on that journey to reframe my perspective on health. You thought I would have quit by now? Thought motivational speakers were all talk and no action?  Me too. But I was serious. Once I make a decision to change an area of my life, I'm usually pretty determined. And it hasn't taken me long to see food in a different light and rethink the way I move.  It didn't take long to trade bad habits for good habits. And it also didn't take long for the enthusiasm to wane. I'm always on fire at the beginning of the project, and then after the dust settles I'm all fizzle. But I want this bad enough, so I'm motivated – or rather, I'm choosing to motivate myself through the fizzle. There's a difference. One kind of motivation comes from seeking something outside yourself to keep you going – the other kind of  motivation looks within and makes the choice to keep going even on the days you don't want to.

Don't Take Your Eye Off The Ball

There's a danger once the new path becomes comfortable and you settle into a routine. And it's the danger of taking your eye off the ball – of turning your focus.  Of thinking, "Oh, what's one little cheese ball?"

Danger Will Robinson! Put DOWN The Cheese Ball!

It's like that whole boiling frog analogy – the one that says put a frog in boiling water and he will scream and jump out. But put him in comfortable water and turn it up slowly degree by degree and he will boil to death and never even try to get out of the water. 

Okay, so maybe it's a tad bit dramatic. But true all the same. It's not the big bad decision that gets you (well, not always) but the tiny little ones that add up – the small bad choices that don't seem like anything – that you don't even notice – that you don't even feel – until you're dead.

So it starts with one workout cut short. A decision to skip this aerobics class because you've been doing so well you deserve a break. The choice to drink two glasses of wine instead of one – who's counting? The extra handful of cheese on the salad.

It's Not Excess That Gets Me – It's Moderation

I'm figuring out how I'm wired – and that I am an "all or nothing" kind of person.  Tell me I can't have any sugar and I won't. But tell me I can have sugar as long as it's in moderation, and I will convince you that a Snickers eaten quickly counts.

So if you're like me, and you are also on a journey to a healthier ever after – or any kind of happier ever after – and you are at that place where the routine has settled in, perhaps these words will help you stay on task:

Do Not TakeYour Eye Off The Ball – It Might Cost You The Game




Motivational Speaker Kelly Swanson - called one of North Carolina's funniest women by Our State Magazine. Kelly lifts the spirits of audiences from coast-to-coast using humor, storytelling, and lives of the characters from Prides Hollow - Kelly's make believe small town. This unique approach to motivational speaking allows Kelly to break through communications barriers and connect directly to the audience's imagination.
Her powerful stories and wacky wit will make you laugh, remind you that you matter, show you how to see beyond your obstacles, and teach you how to stand up and stick out in a crowded market.
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  1. The only thing better than a motivational speaker helping keep me on track with great information, is one going through the EXACT same thing that I'm going through – and sharing her journey with me. Thank you SOOO much, Kelly. These are the EXACT words I need to hear right now! 

  2. Wow.  Do you have a camera in my kitchen?  *pulling hand out of pretzel bag*   I think I'm an all-or-nothing player pretending I belong on Team Moderation.   Time to remind myself of why I am worth this and get back at it!

  3. Seeing a theme here….as I'm another all or nothing gal. So's my ex, sweetheart and both daughters. Not sure if like attracts like or we simply LIKE to indulge! And food is the most difficult (for me and mine) since you have to eat versus putting a plug in the jug. I just justified eating 11 pieces of Salt Water Taffy my Atlantic City client gave me, and was thrilled I threw away another 6 pieces. Truth be told, I didn't like the orange or strawberry flavors (too healthy I guess) which is the ONLY reason I didn't eat them all. So, I can completely relate to you and your journey. Thanks for reminding me of how I originally removed 50 lbs. (well, 45 now) of weight years ago. Keep your focus on what you want — even through the fizzle. Journey on!

  4. Here I come to save the day!!  My strategies for not getting too far off track:  1.  If I start indulging in the car after a trip to the grocery store I'll eat several handfuls of (fill in the blank) and then toss the open bag way to the back of the car so I can't reach it. 2. If I don't do any cardio on a day that I had planned to then I don't allow myself ANY starchy carbohydrates the rest of the day. 3.  If I dip (sip) below the rubber band I have put around the top third of the wine bottle…then I move the rubber band down a little lower…and pay for it with interupted sleep.  These work MOST of the time.  Mayby they'll help you too! :))

  5. I think we as funny motivational speakers, we must be all wired the same! I too suffer from all or nothing.  Only, my mind plays wild tricks on me.  This week I attacked some chocolate – no moderation here.  Then, my mind wanted to tell me that I had gained ALL my weight back in one night, so I might as well throw in the towell.  Cruel mind I tell ya!  Here's the good news – I have amazing friends and fellow speakers who can totally relate and that inspires me to keep on this journey!  Thank you Kelly and company!!!

  6. Just so you won't think me perfect…. No sooner had I written this post when I went on vacation and had a cheat meal that lasted three days. Included fried shrimp, onion rings, and a blurry collection of cocktails. Woe is me. But I'll just get back on the horse. Just a hiccup. Time to get me eye back on the ball.

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