Curved Path

Sometimes Your Path Can Curve

Sometimes the path of your life is shady, you may not always see the best place to step. Other times the path of your life may curve. It’s not always bad to follow the curve, maybe even go with the flow for a while and see where it takes you.

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Shady Path

Sometimes your path is shady...

The path of your life can easily change. At times you may find yourself going through the woods and it might be scary.

Embrace the shade and enjoy the protection the trees give you. Eventually you will find the forest ends and life opens up again.

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Your Imagination

Don't leave your imagination in the clouds.

On a plane one day I looked out the window as I am wont to do. I noticed this cloud formation that looked like a dinosaur. I found it cool using my imagination to see a dinosaur.

Unfortunately a lot of us use our imagination, but just leave the thoughts up in the clouds instead of using them. Let your imagination fly, but don’t always leave the thoughts in the clouds – act on them to make your life awesome!

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Help Others to be Prepared

Make sure those you love are prepared.

Winter may be coming to an end soon, but there will still be some cold days. Check on those who might need your help in getting through the cold. That includes your pets.

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Be Patient

Be patient, the dead of winter leads to the growth of spring.

There is a time when we get the winter doldrums. It’s fine, it’s normal, and it’s important to remember that your winter will be coming to an end soon. That is when spring arrives and life seems new again.

Be patient, spring will be here soon enough!

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Be Yourself

Just be yourself.

The younger folks won’t know what a phone booth is, let alone ever use one. The only chance people may know what they are in the future is seeing old movies about Superman.

Superman used the phone booth to change from Clark Kent to Superman. He needed someplace to hide when he transformed into the awesomeness that was Superman.

Don’t be afraid to change to your awesomeness in the open. You can.

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Some Days It’s Hard

Pull Yourself Up

There are days when it just seems like a struggle to pull yourself up. Maybe it’s just getting out of bed, maybe it’s starting over after a struggle, but we all have those days.

It might be hard, but you keep pulling. You’ll get back up.

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First Exercise, Next Food? On to Losing Weight!

I like ice cream.

“I could lose like 40 pounds easily?”

“No, it’s going to be really, really hard.”

That was the exchange between Penn Jillette (Magician, actor, interesting dude) and Ray Cronise (Scientist dude working to innovate weight loss). The exchange was detailed by Penn as he was interviewed on “The Tim Ferriss Podcast.”

As Penn continued, “No one had ever said that to me before.”

I Want to Exercise?

I know we don’t want to hear it, but finally it was said, changing the way we eat is hard. Me, I believe changing the way we eat is freakin’ hard. Go ahead and insert any other exclamatory word you want in place of “freakin’.”

I mention this because while the past few months have been, for me, about getting in an exercise groove, a groove I am happy to say is getting deeper and deeper as I shift from “I should exercise” to “I want to exercise,” I’m now beginning to take a harder look at the food side of things. Why? Because that is really where the weight loss magic happens.

Sure, I’ve incorporated a few, healthy changes into my eating repertoire, at least they seem healthy so far. I started a fasting-mimicking regimen that has seemingly helped an auto-immune issue I suffered with, my caffeine intake has plummeted from six-plus espresso shots coupled with three cups of coffee every morning down to just three espressos, and I’m eating more almonds and less chips. Yay, me!

My Three Amigos

I like donuts.

My current downfalls, though? Ice cream, donuts, and beer. Oh heck, just food, just about all food.

And crap, I really, really like ice cream, donuts, and beer. Oh heck, I really, really like just about all food.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I’m mainlining ice cream while eating donuts and washing them down with beer, but whereas the biggest challenge for adding exercise to my life was, some mornings, getting my ass out of bed so that I could get said ass on the Peloton bike, this food thing is mostly about taking away. Who wants to have stuff they love taken away?

The other thing that I think that makes weight loss so difficult is that you can look at most any “diet” plan and one of the selling points is how easy it is.

Fun at New Mexico Brew Fest

Weight Watchers is out there with a “program proven to make weight loss easier.” Something called “Noom” has multiple people in its commercial saying, “It was super easy.” Even the South Beach Diet, which has seemingly been around forever, on its website touts, “It’s easy and it works.”

I’ve tried some of these weight loss things as well as others, and sure, they seem easy at the beginning, but there has always come a point where I have drifted back into eating too much ice cream, having that extra donut, and suddenly they aren’t easy any longer.

Honesty is the Best Policy?

I like food.

Maybe these plans should be honest and, like Ray Cronise explained to Penn Jillette, tell you that losing weight is going to be really, really hard. I don’t know if that can be inspirational or awesome for you, but it most likely is the truth. You know why? It is hard. That’s right, it’s really, really hard to change your diet in order to lose weight.

Maybe, just maybe, you are one of the lucky ones and have found that “easy” weight loss program, one that you have stuck with for at least five years. If so, I would love to know what that is, just use the comments area below. Me, I’m going with a new thought that any change to my diet that is supposed to be healthier is going to be really, really hard. In fact, it’s probably going to be really, really, freakin’ hard.

I can’t wait to see how my new “The It’s Really, Really Freakin’ Hard Diet Plan” works!

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