My Journey to a Healthier Ever After – Oh Crap! I can’t do all that!

keynote speakersIf you're just joining me on this journey, you might want to read the last two posts to get up to speed:

Thanks for following me on my journey to a healthier ever after. I hope it's helping you to conquer some of your habits that need changing. How are you doing? Overwhelming isn't it!

So I decided to tackle my health and I am completely over-the-top overwhelmed and I haven't even started. No wonder so many of us walk away before we start! I have stacks of information. Stacks of instructions. Stacks of resources. I could literally spend all day working on this and still have more to do. And I don't have all day. I can feel the stress weighing down on me, and I can feel myself at that critical point where part of me wants to say, "Forget it. I can't do all this. It's hopeless."

Ever been there?

But I can't afford to walk away. I have to keep walking down this new path. There's just no other option. So maybe rather than jumping off at a spring, I'll try something new this time. I'll try it one step at a time.

Don't try to figure it all out right away. Just pick one thing and work on that. Baby steps.

Let me give you an example of how this is applying to my situation – in the hopes that you can somehow apply it to yours.

Some of the radical changes I am going through: eating six or more times a day, drinking a gallon of water every day, cutting out sodas,  decreasing exercise time and increasing intensity, changing the ratio of proteins, trading bad foods for good foods, keeping a running log of my nutrition and fitness, working out with a trainer in addition to working out on my own, coming up with a regimen for when I'm on the road, etc. – all of this added on to an already crazy busy life and work schedule. If it sounds like I am whining, I am.

It took me a long time to develop all the habits that need changing – fixing them doesn't happen in one step either.

Rather than get stressed, I'm going to simply do what I can to make these changes, while focusing on ONE thing at a time. The first one thing I'm choosing is simply getting used to eating 6 times a day, and the work that accompanies that. The rest I will do as I am able, but not sweat those details. For now my primary focus is just getting used to 6 times a day.

What one thing will you choose to focus on in the midst of your current scenario?


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  1. You may one of my very most favorite funny motivational speakers, but you are also one EXTREMELY smart lady. And remember you and I have the added benefit of the AMAZINGLY knowledgable and wise Ms. Polly Pitchford! She KNOWS things! And she is one of the biggest advocates I know of exactly what you are talking about here. Make some SMALL change first so that we don't get all overwhelmed.  Good for you, Kelly. Good for you. And me – for being able to be inspired to make better choices because of being in on your journey. 

  2. It is overwhelming, isn't it Kelly?  That's why I cheer your decision to tackle just one thing on your list of changes.  Focusing just on that until it becomes doable, then easier, then natural.  My one focus this week is choosing the perfect song and choreographing the moves for a FLASH MOB at my next speaking gig!  Yikes!  Iappreciate the shout out, Linda!

    • What fun! The flash mob is much easier to do than you think it’s going to be. At the very least it will be a fun time to dance. At best it will look like a flash mob. No matter where you fall, they will have fun, and they will have moved. Hooray!

  3. Fruit forward. That's my one small step this week. To make sure I ingest those nummy, frozen blueberries daily. Next week it will be to bleach my teeth!

    Enjoying your journey, Kelly. Keeping me focused in the process.

  4. Kelly, as I follow your courageous journey, I'm reminded of all the times I started, stopped, started, stopped, started, fell down, got up, contined.  One thing I learned is to H.A.L.T.  That is, I can stick to my plan easier (it's not easy, just easier) if I don't allow myself to get too Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. Keep up the great journey and we all have your soon-to-be-toned back!

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