If you’ve never ridden a horse before, it’ll take some time to learn how, right? If it’s been awhile, you’re going to need some practice. If it’s something you want to do…you’ll keep trying until you are securely in the saddle and riding into the sunset, or wherever you want to ride…it’s just that the sunset seems like a place that people on horses want to go. Just saying.
You’ve heard all of the sayings…”Fall down 7 times, get up 8″, “If you fell down yesterday, stand up today”, “I get knocked down but I get up again…” (ok, maybe not a saying, but a catchy tune). I guess you can hear these words and say these things until you’re blue in the face, but until you’ve lived it and embraced it might not seem real. I can say these words to someone everyday, loudly even, and that person may hear what I’m saying, but not believe me. What advice would you give to someone who thinks they’ve failed, and finds it easier to stay down rather than get up and try again?
We’re all going to fall down sometimes right? But if you’ve clearly defined goals in your mind that you really want to achieve…you MUST get back up. Don’t forget what’s important to you, and don’t let a misstep or a step backwards distract you from what you want. Keep it in sight, remind yourself of it everyday. Let every choice you make start with a question: “Is this going to help me reach my goals?” I want to shout from the mountain top, or at least a really high hill, that YOU CAN DO IT!!! Of course you can! It’ll take time, committment and a whole lot of hard work, but if it’s your goal, than do it. Take the time, make the commitments and do the work. We may or may not be discussing horses at this point, but you get where I’m going here. I can believe in you, your friends can believe in you, but you’re the one who needs to get in the saddle and ride. So…do you believe in you? If so, than grab my hand, get up and try again.
Challenge Days 8 & 9
Nothing fancy going on here. I did find some tasty organic pomegranate oatmeal at Costco that I like…so that’s good. I had my leftover frittata for lunch. That tasty looking snack is some plain Greek yogurt, sweetened with a little Stevia and blueberries and crunched up almonds on top. A big salad, some Shakeology and a ChaLEAN Extreme workout rounded out the day. I was pretty low on calories, but I ran out of time in the day, and wasn’t particularly hungry…so what are you gonna do?
Man, I need to do some more cooking. Yesterday I was a little desperate at dinner time and seriously just grabbed stuff out of the frig and threw it together and called it dinner. I had a leftover chicken breast that I chopped up and put on 2 whole wheat tortillas that I spread with avocado. I put a little reduced fat cheese and homemade salsa on top and that was that. Not pretty, but filling and fast. I made another bowl of yummy oatmeal for breakfast. We went hiking so I grabbed a bag of almonds for the trail. I enjoyed another big salad for lunch and worked out like a ninja in my black clothes. No mask though…too sweaty.
If you fell down while reading this blog…GET UP!