Back when I first began my journey to get healthy…..
….I made a list.
I started it because I think I read in a motivation book somewhere that you if you fail to plan, you plan to fail and if you don’t know where you are going, how will you know when you get there and if you don’t stand for something…..
….you’ll fall for anything.
(total aside: just between us….I think the last one is from a vintage country song).
Whatever. You get the point….which is that sometimes a list of goals….all those hopes and dreams written down in black and white on the back of a coffee-stained envelope….can be a powerful motivator.
I never really told anyone about writing the list down. I think I thought people might think it was silly or inconsequential or not even achievable. And if I failed to plan or didn’t know where I was going or didn’t achieve anything….no one would know. Then I placed in a drawer for months and on a really tough day when Pringle’s cans were calling my name and Oreos were asking me to dance and visions of salsa and chips danced ’round my head….
….I would pull out the list and stare at it.
And set my chin up and my blinders on and straighten my shoulders and brush my teeth.
And it worked every time.Continue reading