Let’s keep the momentum building. In our last post, we talked about losing weight one pound at a time. Small steps can make a big difference. So can how you feel along the way to where you’re going.
“Great things are done by a series of small things done together.” – Vincent Van Gogh
If you’re not familiar with Dave Ramsey, he’s a well-known financial expert who created a system of paying down your debts starting from the smallest to the largest. You pay the minimum on all of your debts, except the smallest one to start. This frees up money to pay off the smallest debt as quickly as possible. Once you pay off the first debt, you take the monthly amount you were paying, and add it to the next payment in line (now the smallest). The idea is to create quick energy and excitement you can sustain, because the feeling of accomplishment is so great. He calls it the ‘snowball effect.’ As you pay off each debt, you continue to take the previous payment amount and add it to the next debt until it’s paid off, and so on.
Mindfulness – This word and practice has the power to change your life completely. Meditation gurus will tout the benefits of mindfulness, and teach the importance of being in the present moment. You do not have to spend hours in a meditation center to learn mindfulness. You can practice it in your everyday life, because it is simply the art and act of paying attention.
Sounds easy, right? In theory yes, but what do you do when the kids are crying for dinner, your boss needs that work project yesterday, and now your mom is calling you? How mindful can you be when life gets busy? Add in an extra 75 emails you have yet to respond to, because your internet has been down for the last three days.
More than 1/3 of American adults are obese (34.9%), and roughly 2/3 of American Adults are overweight or obese. 15.5% of American teenagers are obese, and 30.4% of American teenagers are overweight or obese. As of 2012, 18% of kids ages 6-11 were obese, and more than 1/3 of kids and adolescents were overweight and obese.
Do you see a pattern here? We are definitely not getting healthier, at least in a big enough way to make a dent in these statistics. “In the last three decades, not one country has achieved success in reducing obesity rates,” according to Dr. Christopher Murray, Director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) and a founder of the Global Burden of Disease approach.
The other day, I was sitting at a resort watching a group of kids play soccer on the front lawn. It was not an organized game of soccer. Rather, they were just a group of kids kicking the ball around.
This surprised me. Then it surprised me that it surprised me.
Playing just for fun seems to be such a lost art. Yet, here was a group of innocent children doing just that.
Growing up, I remember playing with the neighborhood kids. We would get together after school and in the evenings to play kick the can or running bases. We even played basketball. Not organized basketball, but games like H-O-R-S-E and knockout.
Have you ever heard of people writing their own personal obituaries even while they are still alive? Sounds morbid I know, but it has a point.
It’s easy to think your life has no meaning, or you haven’t done anything noteworthy, but is this really true? Writing your own obituary gives you a chance to reflect on your life and remember the highlights. How do you want to be remembered?
Maybe obituary is not the right word. Let’s call it a Celebration of Life writing exercise. Now is the time to write your own personal triumph story. Highlight the good stuff! Here are a few guidelines to get you started:
Do limitations exist? I´m sure it´s easy to answer yes to this question based on situations you may have experienced or are currently experiencing. This story may help you think again.
Sami Stoner is a runner. Even with a rare eye disease, called Stargardt´s disease, which causes blindness, she still runs. While this story has been around for awhile, and Stoner has since graduated from high school, it still bears repeating.
Even though Stoner was deemed legally blind, she ran cross country in high school. With just a bit of peripheral vision, she traversed the trails with her guide dog, Chloe.
In 1977, Rick Hoyt, who was born with cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic told his dad he wanted to participate in a 5 mile charity run to honor a schoolmate who had been paralyzed in an accident. Rick really wanted to do something for him, and what he wanted to do was run. Obviously, he couldn’t run, but his dad could – and he could do it pushing Rick along the way. Rick wanted his schoolmate to know, life goes on, even if you’re paralyzed. Rick and his dad have gone on to participate in 1,108 endurance events, as of April 2014.
Rick’s schoolmate inspired Rick to action, and Rick inspired his dad to action. At age 36, Rick’s dad, Dick took up running and hasn’t looked back. This is the small, yet enormous effect we can all have on each other. One story – One person – Can change your whole life.
Kayla Montgomery is one of the fastest young distance runners in the country. She also has Multiple Sclerosis. Because of this disease, she can’t feel the pain in her legs while she runs long distances. She’s unable to control the finish when she breaks the motion. Her legs become numb, and as she crosses the finish line, she needs someone to catch her fall. That someone is her coach.
Coach Patrick Cromwell waits for her at the finish to literally catch her in his arms. Then, they begin an ice treatment, so she can regain sensation in her legs.