Thursday, July 14, 2011

Day 5 Begins

As I type this I'm finishing my morning shake (Dr. Popper's recipe from the Wellness Forum in Worthington, Ohio). I have already taken out the trash and weeded my front flowerbeds. Not bad huh?! :0)

Now I just need to make breakfast and off to do some errands. This may sound weird but I feel nervous going out. I worry that I will not make a good choice. I mean I hear this inner monologue while I'm driving. "What would one small coke hurt?" "You can make that up by walking on the treadmill(which of course I never would do)" "I just can't make it home, I need to stop if just for a drink(and of course I feel bad just ordering a coke thru a drive thru so why not add 2 apple pies...I know Lee would eat one when I bring it home. And you know it doesn't make it home!) Well, It has to STOP! I can't believe I can't be an adult and wait 15 more minutes to get home to drink some water or eat!!!

I have a working brain, most of the time anyway. hehe I have a small insulated bag and freezer packs. I WILL take water with me. I WILL take a healthy snack! I CAN DO THIS!

I am beginning to realize I make bad choices because:
1. I am lazy and want instant gratification
2. I am not prepared
3. I don't take any time for me
4. I don't believe in myself

Of course these a just a few of the reasons. Sometimes I sit and think how can you do so well at so many things but not taking care of myself? Then BAM it hits me. Sometimes it feels easier to wear myself ragged taking care of everything else. And really everything else isn't what really matters. Especially if I'm not hear to enjoy any of it!

I'm not sure if you have ever read this but it's a good reminder to myself. I think I will hang it on my fridge as a reminder. I hope you will enjoy it too :0)

Take care and have a happy and healthy day!

The Mayonnaise Jar and 2 Beers

When things in your life seem too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar and 2 beers.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, he wordlessly picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls, He than asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and pored them into the jar lightly. The pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls. He then asked his students if the jar was full. The students agreed it was.

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full. The students responded with a unanimous "yes".

The professor than produced 2 beers from under the table and poured the entire contents into the jar effectively filling the empty space between the sand. The students laughed.

"Now" said the professor as the laughter subsided, "I wanted you to recognize that this jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things...your family, your children, your health, your friends and your favorite passions. The same goes for life. If you spend all your time and energy on the small stuff you will never have room for the things that are important to you.

Pay attention to the things that are critical to your happiness. Spend time with your children. Spend time with your parents. Visit your grandparents. Take time to get medical check ups. Take your spouse out to dinner. Play another 18. There will always be time to clean the house and fix the disposal. Take care of the golf balls first...the things that really matter. Set your priorities. The rest is sand.

One student raised her hand and inquired what the beer represented. The professor smiled and said, "I'm glad you asked." The beer just shows you that no matter how full your life may seem, there's always room for a couple of beers with a friend."

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