Changing Yourself From Within

January 4, 2011 at 12:05 pm 4 comments

Are you noticing the glut of commercials, radio and TV talk shows, reports, etc., about weight loss, healthy living and gym memberships?

This is definitely the time of year when gym membership registration soars, and people are flocking to weight loss centres.  I was shocked to read that over 92% of people who make resolutions never keep them!  And 45% of them fail by the end of January! Part of the reason is that most people set out to change things for the wrong reason.

Author and columnist Andrea Rains Waggener, says that “People start from a place of being not okay. They think they need to change something in order to be okay, in order to be happy.”

Wow, that was me.  Totally not happy with my life, and thinking that if I only did this, or did that, somehow magically I would be happy again.

As my kids would say “FAIL!”

Once I realized that quick fixes weren’t going to do it, I took a long hard look at my life, and realized that I needed to change who I was inside first, before I could change who I was outside. And I couldn’t just say I was going to do it, I had to do it. Am I there yet?  I believe that we’re constantly changing and evolving based on where we are in our lives.

I definitely look at life differently now, than I did in my 20’s and my 30’s.  As I enter my 50’s, I will likely look at things differently than I did in my 40’s.

I know that I am happy based on who I am, and not what I look like, or what material possessions I have. I’ve simplified and de-cluttered my home and my life. Negative people are absolutely not allowed in my life, and I’ve learned to recognize those people and avoid them as much as possible.

One thing that I believe is different about me now, is that I truly am living my life based on how I think I should, and not on what someone thinks is best for me.

Who are you changing your life for?

If your first answer isn’t YOU, sit back and ask yourself, why not?


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Living My Life Intentionally The First Step Towards Getting Somewhere Is To Decide That You Are Not Going To Stay Where You Are

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  • 1. anna  |  January 6, 2011 at 9:56 pm

    I know my gym and zumba classes were packed this week but I expected it.

    I look at life differently, too. I find I’m doing more things I would have been afraid to do even a couple of years ago. It’s a great feeling!

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  • 2. Jana Hartley  |  January 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I found your blog from The Blog Entourage and I had to drop you a line as I am also 49 and have started a blog about health and wellness. I am a nurse and I am working on losing 45 pounds myself. I turn 50 in June. I just connected with you blog and can not wait to continue to follow your posts. I am a subscriber! Best wishes to you. Jana http://www.adoctorandanurse.com

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  • 3. Keely  |  January 10, 2011 at 10:32 pm

    I’m trying really hard to change it. Especially for ME, but other people would benefit, too.

    This past week on Facebook I saw some regular gym-goers venting rather viciously against “newbies”. I thought it was a little unsupportive. If people trying to make a change are being intimidated by the gym rats glaring at them, they’re that much closer to failure, y’know?

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  • 4. Hajra  |  January 27, 2011 at 2:47 am

    This is such a wonderful blog of yours..I came across through the blog entourage and passed it on to my mom…she is really finding this helpful!

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Goals for 2011

* Participate in the 100 days of intentional movement
* Walk 2011 miles in 2011
* Continue my healthy eating and exercise program
* Lower my body weight by 10% by February 1st, 2011
* Lose the next 10% of body weight (17 lbs) by April 1, 2011
* Read at least one book per month that provides spiritual sustenance or enlightenment.

Scale Goals for 2011
02/01/11 - 174
04/01/11 - 156.6
06/01/11 - 141

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