Your day belongs to another person’s dream.
Your choices inspire you to become more than what you were when you began.
Choices is your ability to turn inspiration into action.
What? Why? How?
This word is full of potential. It’s an action we teach our children at a very young age. Your choice is your consequence. Think about that for a second.
Your choices have brought you to this place in your life. If given the opportunity, would you do it all over again?
It was 1992. I was a student at Northwestern State, Natchitoches La. I was loving life and living the college dream. No worries in the world. I had it all, but wanted more. I’ve always been that girl. Mediocre is just not good enough for me. December, Christmas break, I moved back home for a 3 week holiday. Sunday afternoon mom and I loaded my car. The conversation I will never forget (neither will she). She says “be careful going back to Natchitoches”. My response, “I’m not going back to Natchitoches mom, I’m headed to Thibodaux, La. I transferred to Nicholls State.” The sadness in her face of my choice still leaves and impression on me today. Many of you may have crossed a path such as this in your lifetime. There was no turning back. This girl was about to make a new life for herself. My destiny was unknown. I drove off that day into a world that I was completely unaware of. Little did I know, it would be one of the best choices / decisions of my life. An impromptu step that allowed me to get to know myself.
Joy is important. You will fall apart without it. Learn where you find joy. When your feet hit the ground in the morning, take control of your day. I have preached and preached about how strong your mind can be. It’s your choice!
Decision making at its best. You should have a plan. What’s your method of achieving it? Do you need to reevaluate? Benchmark your actions. Change your game plan when necessary. Most of all fall in love with the journey, not the end result. I say this because too many people are searching for an end and lose sight of how they are getting there. Take note of how you get to where you going.
How do you make the correct choices? Well, I don’t know. I’m still a work in progress. The positive is that our mistakes mold us. You wouldn’t be who you are without them. When you don’t thoroughly think things through you make avoidable mistakes.
Go back to the Steve Harvey video I posted on “Jump”. Talk about some choices!!! Do I or do I not jump? Sometimes you must think, what do I have to lose and what do I have to gain? Is it worth the risk? Is bettering yourself whether it be job, happiness, health, nutrition, friends, or opportunity important enough to change your commitment to yourself.
Your body is a reflection of your self-worth and your choices. My apologies for hurting anyone’s feelings but the truth hurts. The phone calls, text, emails, office visits, or random chats in the grocery about nutrition are countless. I do not sugar coat much about my thoughts on this subject. Many of you don’t like what I have to say and completely dismiss our conversation. That is your choice to listen or to avoid. I can help you or you can keep doing what you’re doing, and continue with your same results. I am so sorry there is no quick fix to our nutrition needs. If there was some magic pill or potion, I promise I would have found it. It is your choice to follow the path you’re on or switch directions at any time.
Scrolling through social media sights could be the most relevant sight of how delusional people truly are. There is a plethora of healthy recipes, people’s menu for the week, humble bragging of weight loss or inches lost, new cleanses, success stories, complaints of what works and what doesn’t, blah blah blah. This is what we often refer to as “keyboard courage”. It is so easy to stay in a judgment free zone behind the computer. “No one will know I’m eating this chocolate bar and drinking a coke as I pin healthy menu items to my Pinterest boards”. The actions you take to feel worthy. But did you get a “like” or a comment for your post? That seems to be what matters most. Here is your kick in the ass for today, YOU ARE NOT INVISABLE. You think I am ignorant to those of you who drive through the fast food restaurant or bakery before heading home to shove that last bite of junk in to your system before going to make that healthy meal for your family. Your husband can brag on how well you’re doing with your new diet plan. That makes you feel good. I’ve done it, I know. Here is your second kick in the ass for the day, LIES LIES LIES! If you want it, own it. Make the best choice for that one body you have. You can lie about everything else except your health journey! Fear is your excuse! I get it! Don’t be afraid to do something that frightens you, such as love, changing careers, cleaning out your pantry or signing up for a marathon.
Regret is a heavier weight to carry than hard work.
When someone asks for my advice on nutrition, I ask for a 2-3 day break down of every morsel that goes in their mouth. It is then and only then that you see the mindless eating that you do throughout the day. “I don’t know why I can’t lose weight. I eat eggs for breakfast, a salad for lunch and a smoothie for supper.” Well first, you’re starving yourself. Second, you failed to mention the sugar and cream in your coffee, ranch dressing, amount of cheese on salad, hand full of M&M’s, tootsie rolls, bite of cookie, latte, and scraps from your kid’s plates that you finished along with those 3 meals. You are smarter than this people. YOU JUST DON’T WANT IT BAD ENOUGH. That’s your choice not mine.
Exercise regimens are the same way. I hear people say, “I go to the gym for 30 minutes to an hour 4 days a week. I am not getting results.” It’s because you’re not working hard enough. Stop playing with your music, texting, talking, sitting on a machine, walking around, or gazing in to space and work. Start super setting, burning some calories, breathing hard, and working out. The truth is I see so much wasted time in the gym from members. Utilize your time, or hire a personal trainer to give you a routine or to train you even if it’s just short term. You will learn how to make the most of your time in the gym and get results.
Struggles are real. Choices are real. Your path to success is your story.
You are only getting older and every day is a missed opportunity of change if you don’t decide your fate.
It takes STRONG emotion to overcome STRONG temptation.