Popeye Is Not My Friend

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Today, my boys begged me for food from Popeye’s.  In case you’re not familiar, it is a fried chicken fast food chain.   I gave in, I agreed.  Big mistake. Huge.

Here’s the thing I find ironic.  I barely had a few bites of this food, and it made me horribly ill.  However; there was a time .. many moons ago … that I used to love this place.  I did indeed LOVE that chicken from Popeye’s.  Come on, you know you sang the commercial with me just now.  The biscuits, oh my.  The mashed potatoes, heaven.  The chicken – well it was my fav.  Not anymore.  Not only did this food today make me sick, it literally made my insides hurt.

Please don’t miss my point here.  It is not to bash Popeye’s.  My children did not get sick. This is not a bad restaurant.  My point is this:  Know your body.  Once you change your lifestyle, and your body becomes accustomed to certain things, or unaccustomed, it’s hard to enjoy it like you used to do.  I cannot eat this stuff anymore.  I just can’t.  Not everyone is like me, some people can go years without a certain food and then eat it again, and be  just fine.  My body is not wired that way.   My stomach rebelled in a bad fit today and let me know in no uncertain terms, this food is not welcomed.

So when you know better, but do something anyway, be prepared for the consequences. That is pretty much true in all of life, I dare say.  I knew better.  I knew I had not eaten this stuff in a very long time for a darn good reason.  I did it anyway.  Yikes.  Now here I am swearing I will never do this again.  But the truth is, I might, and I probably will.  Although it may be a good long while.  And if I do, the consequences will likely be similar.

Now tell me, is there a food or something you used to adore and inhale but now makes you hurl?  I’d love to hear your take on this.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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Photo taken today – BEFORE I got sick

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The Next Itty Bitty Thing

Do you realize that you are right where you need to be to take the next step? There’s absolutely nothing about your present circumstances that prevents you from making progress. All you have to decide is what to do next (just the next itty bitty step). It really is that simple. You don’t have to have it all figured out to take that next step and move forward. Just do the best you can until you know better. Once you know better, do better.

Remember: Never make permanent decisions based on temporary emotions. Many people make choices and plans when things aren’t going so well. They look for relief in the despair of the valley; instead of waiting for the clarity that comes from being on the mountaintop. . . The best time to make decisions is when you’re succeeding — or calm! If you fight your way through the valley, you’ll make better decisions at the summit.

I am pretty sure nobody is going to stand up at your funeral and state that you had an amazing couch and fabulous shoes.  Life is not about things, stuff and junk.  It’s about memories, experiences and feeling alive.  It’s about impacting other people, in a positive way.  So what is the next itty bitty thing that you need to do in order to move forward? If you don’t know the answer to that question, well figure it out.
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As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady
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Are You Dying?

Sometimes my kids act like they’re dying, when really they are just uncomfortable.  Adults do this too.  Truth be told, every day we live – we are technically dying – because we are one day closer to death.  Morbid thought I realize.  So while, yes, we are all technically dying … the better question is:  Are You Living ?

I found this poem and I like it a lot.  Would love your thoughts on the writing and how it relates to you and your present state of living.

You start dying slowly if you do not travel, if you do not read, If you do not listen to the sounds of life, If you do not appreciate yourself. You start dying slowly When you kill your self-esteem; When you do not let others help you. You start dying slowly If you become a slave of your habits, Walking everyday on the same paths… If you do not change your routine, If you do not wear different colours Or you do not speak to those you don’t know. You start dying slowly If you avoid to feel passion And their turbulent emotions; Those which make your eyes glisten And your heart beat fast. You start dying slowly If you do not change your life when you are not satisfied with your job, or with your love, If you do not risk what is safe for the uncertain, If you do not go after a dream, If you do not allow yourself At least once in your lifetime, To run away from sensible advice… By Pablo Neruda

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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How to Start?

Where To Start? People write me all the time asking me ‘how do I get started’ and ‘where do I begin?’ Everyone has different motivations … sometimes if you keep waitin…

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Name That Dragon

What is the thing that holds you back?  What is that elephant in the room that you refuse to acknowledge?  Who is your nemesis?  Is it you?  Is it fear?  Is it anxiety?  What will it take to slay this dragon?  Well first, you have to name the thing.

Once you name your dragon, then you can slay that sucker.  Admitting the silly beast exists is half the battle, yes?  Or admitting that it does NOT exist so you can move past it – that is also progress, my friends.

Once upon a time, I could not hurl my big butt into an inner tube … you know the kind you float in water and enjoy?  Even though I am now much smaller and know that I am capable of such a thing, there is still this twinge of anxiety that is residual from the days of obesity.

Last week I had the pleasure of going on a mini road trip with my three sons.  We went to this huge spring fed pool, that had little fish in there and everything.  Some of the water was 25 feet deep.  This place had a high dive, whoa … and inner tubes.   So what was a mama to do in this situation?  Well, this mama got her butt into an inner tube and also managed to jump off the high dive, that’s what.  You know what else?  I loved doing it even more than I thought I would.

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Life is good when you name your dragons so they can be slain.   I named mine Rubbish … since my fear of not fitting into the tube was pure rubbish.

As always, make champion choices,
The Healthy Habit Lady

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PS:  Here is a quick shot of me going off the high dive, photo courtesy of my son Thomas.

 

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