No More Excuses…I’m My Own Change Agent!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve spent a lot of time observing the behaviors of myself and others.  I’ve quietly watched, listened, and, in turn, thought about a number things, but one thought resonated deeply within me.  It was simply “No More Excuses!”  I have decided that this will be my mantra for 2012!

As people, we have a tendency to make an excuse for why we choose to remain in our current state of being rather than make a decision to make some changes that will allow us to be in the state of being we desire to be in.  I find myself talking a lot about how I need to make some things happen, how I want to be in this place or that place, how I want to do this, not that, and such, but I am now forced to ask myself the question, “What am I doing to be the change agent in my own life?”

I talk a lot about the direction I want to see my life take, but I’m not so sure that I’m taking the steps to get there.  For instance, I’ve gained a few pounds over the past few months.  I’ve got a great excuse for this, but if I want to get back on track, I have to let go of the excuses and start engaging in behaviors that will yield results (the homemade  cookies are not helping the cause).  I could give a number of similar scenarios in other areas of my life, and the same principle holds true.  I state that I want to observe a change, yet I’m not taking the appropriate steps to get there.  But…in 2012 (well, really starting today!), I’ve decided to be the change agent in my life!

At one point in my life, I definitely did not have the confidence to step out and take the risk that is innately associated with change, but that’s no longer the case.  Change is still difficult to embrace, but I fully recognize that in order to find winning results, you have to experience the challenges of change.  At different points in life we have to expand our skill set, expand our circle of friends and associates, put some restrictions on our behaviors, cut off some friends, take a stand for what we believe in, do something that everyone else thinks is crazy, be uncomfortable, cry, smile, laugh, feel hurt, feel anger, show love, and go through growing pains.  These are elements of change that are needed if we choose to no longer make excuses for not being where we want to be.

For 2012, the excuses are thrown out the window and door.  It’s time for me to be about the change.  I am my own CHANGE AGENT!

It is easier to find an excuse than to find a reason. -Doug Brown

There’s a difference between interest and commitment. When you’re interested in doing something, you do it only when circumstance permit. When you’re committed to something, you accept no excuses, only results.

-Art Turock


A Renewed Commitment?

Photo by Dawn M. Wayman

Without a doubt, my commitment to embracing a healthier way of living  has waxed and waned for quite some time now, but over this past year, with the help of an ironic gift and an awesome accountability partner (@ the Maryland Athletic Club/MAC…the subject of today’s picture), I have done a pretty good job of staying committed to working out and eating healthier.  I’ll admit that it was tough at the beginning and I’ve fallen off the bandwagon for a few months, but I’m feeling like I’m back in my groove. 
 The challenge is staying committed to living healthy in this society.  Our taste buds have literally been trained to love butter, sugar, salt and many other things that aren’t great for our physical body, while healthy foods (you know, organic foods, produce, and such) are so expensive that few people can afford to eat them on a daily basis.  It’s so easy to just swing by the fast food joint and pick up a burger at a low cost when you consider the time and cost of preparing a healthy meal.
In addition to the food challenges, our schedules are more hectic than ever before with work, social organizations, children (well, not for me, but generally speaking…), church, and a host of other things, all of which are quite important, but make exercising on “most days of the week” as encouraged virtually impossible.  That is, if one wants to get a reasonable amount of rest and maintain their sanity.  This makes healthy living tough for me…I know the experts say weight loss and healthy living is controlled mainly by our diet, but for me, it seems to be controlled by my exercise level.  Perhaps that’s because I eat better when I exercise…no need to burn 700 calories and then eat 2,000 calories in one meal!  Either way, I’ve decided that I’m going to carve out time and energy to focus on being committed to engaging in healthier behaviors.  The great thing for me is that I have some great friends who enjoy cooking healthy foods.  Because of them, I’ve expanded my palette and am much more open to eating foods that I didn’t grow up with, so that makes things interesting, fun and most of all, doable.
So, I guess it’s fitting to say, I’m fired up and ready to go!  My goal moving forward is to burn 3,500 calories each week through exercise alone, and then cut many of those unhealthy, yet ever so flavorful, calorie-packed, foods from my diet.  It has been tough and will continue to be tough…I love sweets, actually, I’m addicted to sugar…but I’m committed to a healthier way of living!
Until next time…