It’s a gorgeous day! I’m ready to take on this day and all
it has to offer. Let’s get some things done today!!!
Ugh! I hate my job. My legs feel like lead today. Probably
won’t get a run in. Why the heck am I
doing any of this? What’s the point?
So….what side of the bed did you wake up on this morning?
Health goes beyond the way we look, our weight, our body
composition, our cardiovascular endurance and our clothing size. Our mental health is definitely a factor in determining
our success in achieving our goals in all those other markers of health. Let’s be clear. I’m not an expert in mental
health. You’ll have to go to your health care provider for anything beyond the less
than optimistic attitude. I’m just here
to remind you that attitude is everything.
I know that the weather, your children’s behavior, work
drama, friend drama, spouse drama (life is full of drama) lack of sleep can all
be overwhelming. I have been standing
there in your shoes or some version of your shoes. Let’s face it. If we choose to do so, we can
go spiraling into the depths of despair pretty quickly if we lose our
grip. How the heck do we hang on tight?
There is something to be said for gratitude. I’m not saying that everyone has a fantastic
mansion, a perfect child, or a lucrative career for which to give thanks. Being thankful for the little things in life
can color your day with optimism in a way that a doom and gloom attitude can
ruin it. It is your choice to focus on what’s going
well versus wallowing (like a pig in slop) in misery.
We have all been there.
It’s the 17th day in a row of miserable weather, everyone in
the house is yelling or crying, there are 2 more pounds showing on the scale, there
is no coffee, the car’s fuel light is on, traffic is at a standstill, late for
an appointment and it is only 8:30 in the morning! Now is the time. You are faced with a
choice. Continue on with the attitude
that the day is on track for winning “Craptastic Day of the Century” or adjust. Time to hang on to what’s important. Is any of this life threatening or life
changing? No-check. Do I have shoes on? Yes, phew! -check. Will it always feel like this? No-check.
Don’t mistake my suggestion to choose another, more positive
attitude for putting my head in the sand.
We do need to face the things that make us miserable. We can’t ignore
the cat barf on the carpet. I will say
that I have been guilty of lying on my bed wondering what I did to have everything
go so wrong. It would have been so easy to just continue lying there letting
the world go on around me. I had to
choose to be the one to make things happen. I had to choose to make things
different and if I couldn’t make them different, I could choose a different
attitude about it. I had to choose to
clean up the cat barf in my life. It’s
not easy to believe you have that much control. It is true.
Did you know that stress makes you fat? Did I get your
attention? The hormones released in our
ancestors to provide extra energy to out run a hungry animal are released in us
when we are aggravated with our boss. Our bodies don’t know that we are sitting
at our work desk and not running for our lives.
This extra energy that was meant to power our legs toward a safe cave is
instead getting stored as belly fat because we don’t need extra energy to be annoyed
in the office. Unless you are running for your life you are going to get/stay
fat around the middle. So determine if
it is worth the belly fat to let negative thoughts continue to swirl around in
Do what you can. Accept the things you can’t control.
Control what you can. It’s not essential that every single day be bursting with
positivity. Who needs that kind of pressure? It is essential that you try to
make the most of every day. A day viewed
through rose-colored glasses is much prettier than one viewed between blinders
that only see what is not going well.
What are you going to be wearing today?
Until next time…Live well!
– Toni Kuhel