Yesterday I had an interview. I was on edge all day just waiting for it. I do this thing to myself that I think adds to my overall happiness in life. i wonder if any of you have ever tried it or maybe you do it and don’t realize you do it.
I challenge myself with things that put me out of my comfort zone and they cause a certain level of stress and excitement and I don’t want to use a negative word like anxiety but you feel something like that too but in a good way because you know you should be doing this thing – it’s good for you. But when it’s over it’s like I gave myself a treat. Because I feel this rush of relief and excitement that I did this thing and I went for it and it was new and scary but scary in the best possible way. You feel exhilirated. And it’s just such a great feeling! And then the next day (or even the next hour) is like a vacation, you know? You did this hard thing and now you can relax. But you don’t get to the mini vacation until you take the risk. You must take the risk. You must make that speech, go to that interview, try that new workout. You must take the challenge to experience the release of the rush afterward. But trust me……..it’s totally worth it. And this is the only way to grow. And when you grow you are happy. You must push yourself outside of your comfort zone in order to be happy.
When we are trying to lose weight we have to find a way to stop doing what we’ve been doing. We’ve got to say “Screw it! Today I’m just not eating any sugar. Because something has got to change. I must tell my body “something is new today”. This is the only way to see change and to grow. We must break out of our comfort zone.
Sometimes it’s easier to make the same efforts we’re used to – counting calories, going to the gym but at some point we have to admit that this is not getting us the results we wanted. It’s just not. And nothing new is going to happen if we don’t do something new. It’s really that simple. Sometimes it’s even better to do something different jsut for the sake of it being different – even if we don’t have any research to back it up to say that it will help us reach our goals. Sometimes just shaking it up is enough. If you always do 30 minutes on the elliptical – do 15 and act like you’re in a race. Or do 30 minutes on the bike. I don’t care what you do but do something different. It has to be new and it has to make you uncomfortable. It’s the only way to see a change.
“The definition of crazy is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.”
So go out and earn your mini vacation by challenging yourself in a way you never have before! Feel that rush and then feel that great relief when it’s over and you’re standing on the other side. And come back to this blog and tell me how great it was! I can’t wait to hear about it!
Sunday, I ate:
Breakfast: Virgin Diet Shake, 2 small grilled chicken thighs (4 oz.); 1/2 cup of roasted sweet potatoes; and 1 cup of kale
Dinner: 1/2 Virgin Diet shake; 1 steak tenderloin grilled (long and skinny); 1 cup of roasted sweet potatoes; 1 cup of kale
Monday, I ate:
Breakfast: Virgin Diet Shake; 1 small grilled chicken thigh; 1 grilled chicken thigh with skin and bone (this one was bigger); 1/2 cup of roasted sweet potatoes; 1 1/2 cups of kale
Dinner: 2 apples; 2 grilled chicken thighs with skin and bone (too much!); 1 huge heap of kale; 1/2 cups of roasted sweet potatoes; 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
Tuesday, I ate:
Breakfast: Virgin Diet Shake
Dinner: 2 apples; 1 cup of spaghetti squash with 1 cup of chicken,broccoli, peppers, and pesto sauce