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Tuesday, April 10, 2012


For a while I was really passionate about exercising.  I went to the gym 4-5 times every week and at the end of three months, I could really feel and see a difference.  Then something came up and I missed a few days.  Then a few days turned into weeks and then months and now it's been four months without regular exercise.  My inclination is to make more excuses and do nothing about it.

It seems like many good intentions go through the same cycle...we start out excited and are happy to see positive results.  But, for some reason, the habit gets broken and it's so hard to restart.  It doesn't matter whether it's exercising, dieting, parenting, cleaning...these things take much effort.  And even though experts say it takes 28 days to make a habit, I think it only takes one or two days to break one.

Rather than calling yourself a failure and giving up, it's ok to start over and begin again.  Each step you take in a positive direction is a step closer to reaching a goal.  If you're trying to stop yelling at your children and you get off track, don't beat yourself up about it.  Admit that you're human and try again.  Watch out for the triggers that caused you to relapse and learn from the setback.  The only thing that's not ok is quitting.

Now, I'm off for a run...


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