As 2008 comes to an end I find myself reflecting on goals met and goals unmet. One of my goals for the year was to focus on building my relationship coaching business after the birth of my third child. Goal met. This has proven to be a lot of work, yet very rewarding. Another goal that comes to mind every time I look in the mirror is probably the most popular goal of all time-the weight loss resolution. Goal unmet...until now.
Every year, someone comes up with some sort of slogan or theme for the coming year like "looking great in 2008." I think mine will be "looking and feeling fine in 2009." I'll post it by the treadmill, right over an old picture of me in my younger, more fit days. How's that for motivation?I think I'll use that old picture as one way to help me reach my fitness goals. So far, so good. Every time I get the urge to go back for seconds I think about that picture. Of course, that picture was taken pre-marriage and pre-baby, but it still serves a purpose-a visual, motivational purpose.
Secondly, I'll try eating healthier. They say eating more fruits and vegetables is not only nutritious, but it helps shed extra pounds. They are right-whoever "they" is. In the past two weeks I have lost 4 pounds by snacking on fruit instead of my beloved honey buns.
"They" offered more advice. Drink more water rings in my head constantly. I even bought a 32 ounce water bottle. It's actually more like a huge jug that can be a bit cumbersome to carry around once I factor in the oversized baby bag, my briefcase, and the kids. Can't complain too much, I'm burning extra calories. In the end, it'll all be worth it.
Now, I can't forget about exercise. "They" have offered more helpful advice. It seems I need to do this at least four times a week in addition to my healthy eating and drinking habits. After being up and down with my infant all night I would rather sleep in some mornings. But look, there's that old picture of me hanging near the treadmill reminding me of how it will feel to be able to put on a pair of jeans without sucking in my stomach. In the end, I'll be glad I got out of bed.
Finally, I'll have to be accountable to someone. Studies show that when a person joins a weight loss club or incorporates other people into their fitness regimen in some way they are likely to lose more weight than a person going it alone. So far, I have told a bunch of family members, female family members who hold no punches when it comes to telling another woman about her appearance. If they don't motivate you to take a look in the mirror I don't know what else will. In the end, self-determination is my motivator.
Put all these strategies together and I think my weight loss goal will move from unmet to mission accomplished and in the end...I'll feel great.
From everyone to whom much has been given, much will be required; and from one to whom much has been entrusted, even more will be demanded.-Luke 12:48
In the pursuit of greatness, the strive toward success, the focus is generally on the expected outcome and not the journey along the way. The gloriousness of the intended goal sometimes clouds the impending sacrifice that is required to obtain that goal. In the Gospel of Mark, Mark describes Jesus as one who came to "give his life as a ransom for many," (Mark 10:45) and who was crucified for the redemption of mankind. Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for standing against apartheid in South Africa, later to become President of a Democratic South Africa. Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated because of his stance on civil and social injustice in the U.S. Mohandas Gandhi was imprisoned for many years, on numerous occasions, in both South Africa and India and later assassinated. Gandhi was a practitioner of non-violence and truth and his beliefs included compassion to sentient beings, fasting for self-purification, and mutual tolerance between individuals of different creeds. He was quoted as saying:
"When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall — think of it, always."
The commonality between individuals who achieved greatness is Sacrifice! As you prepare for your journey toward greatness, ask yourself the following questions:
What personal sacrifice are you willing to take to achieve success?
Who are you willing to sacrifice for?
Does your dream of success only benefit you?
Who will be impacted by your greatness?
Are you prepared to lose in order to gain?
Are you willing to sacrifice your desires so that someone else can achieve success?
If there is no passion in your life, then have you really lived? Find your passion, whatever it may be. Become it, and let it become you and you will find great things happen FOR you, TO you and BECAUSE of you. -T. Alan Armstrong
The man who is anybody and who does anything is surely going to be criticized, vilified, and misunderstood. This is a part of the penalty for greatness, and every great man understands it; and understands, too, that it is no proof of greatness. The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure contumely without resentment. -Elbert Green Hubbard
Greatness be nothing unless it be lasting. -Napoleon Bonaparte
There are no great men, only great challenges that ordinary men are forced by circumstances to meet. -William F. Halsey
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Category: Better Than Sex Cake Serves/Makes: 10 | Difficulty Level: 3 | Ready In: 30-60 minutes
1 package Chocolate cake mix 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 17 ounces caramel, butterscotch, or hot fudge topping cool whip 5 ounces toffee chips 1/2 cup chopped pecans
Directions: Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare and bake cake 30 minutes in 13-x-9 pan. Cool for 15 minutes. Poke top of cake every half inch with fork. Drizzle sweetened condensed milk evenly over top of cake.
Let stand until milk has been absorbed into cake. Drizzle with ice cream topping. Spread with cool whip. Sprinkle with toffee chips and pecans. Refrigerate if not serving immediately.