Day 326 (T, 111122) — What Moves You?

What Moves You? What do you use to get going? When things are less-than-perfect, what do you do to make that tiny difference which gets you over the hump and allows you to continue?

A few things I do:

— Post on this blog

Doing this every day, every damn day regardless of how I feel or what’s going on in my life, helps me. It focuses me on today, if only for a moment, and allows me to really consider what is important, what I need to do today.

—Read the Moment of Happiness daily quote

It comes in an email from The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin and takes about 10 seconds to read. It’s the source of the quote at the top of this post and the inspiration for today’s topic.*

Today’s quote: “A lifetime can well be spent correcting and improving one’s own faults without bothering about others.” — Edward Weston

—Just Do It.

Yeah, yeah . . . I know . . . it’s old. It’s trite. It’s a corporate slogan. So what? It works for me. Sometimes when I’m stuck or procrastinating or just feeling sorry for myself and I don’t want to do something I need to do (exercise), I kick myself in the butt and tell myself to “Just do it.” It works. I do it. And I am better for it.

There’s another version of this I use on occasion:  “Just keep swimming” from Finding Nemo.  I don’t actually like the song (“Dory, no singing!”) but the sentiment is right: keep going, don’t stop, just keep on keeping on, don’t think of the finish — focus on the next step, the next stroke, the next movement . . . .

As the old saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles beings with a single step.”  Those steps add up and eventually you finish your task.

— Listen to music.

As seen in my setlist series of posts.

—Pause.

I’ll take a 10 minute pseudo-siesta and give my mind and body and chance to recharge.

— Do something with my family.

Maybe I play with my kids, feed or change the twins, or talk to Mrs. NJ. Whatever it is, it gives me enough determination to go do what I need to do . . . especially since they are most likely the reason I want to do it in the first place.

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Eating SCD.  Yesterday was my first day in quite a while in which I did not eat anything which was not SCD; not a bite.  Yeah me. 😉

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Plan for Week 46. This week will be a challenge, of course, given the holiday on Thursday and the day off of work on Friday. Plus, today is a second day of family gathering so, while I will try to be moderate in my non-SCD indulgences, there will be some to be sure. To help counteract some of the extra eating I’ll do, I hope to work in an extra run on Friday (in addition to my normal Saturday jog).

Day Fast? SCD? Run/Exer?
Sunday No No No
Monday Yes Yes Yes
Tuesday Yes Yes No
Wednesday Yes Yes Yes
Thursday No No No
Friday Yes Yes Yes
Saturday No No Yes
Red = a negative deviation | Green = a positive deviation | Blue = a note

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* I bought the book for Mrs. NJ and she loved it.
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4 responses to “Day 326 (T, 111122) — What Moves You?

  1. “Happiness Project” (her book) was a great read. Lots of great ideas in there for improving how you feel about your life. “Epiphanies” is another book that reset my thinking.
    Nice post, John.

  2. Great Post John. It’s good to take a minute and identify the things that keep you moving so you know you can pull them out of your pocket when you really need it. I can really relate to some of those. I believe posting on my blog is the best way for me to stay focussed. I have really been making an effort to make it a daily part of my life. And the “Just do it” mantra works for me too, but mine is a little different. I visualize what I need to do and “keep walking”. If I need to go to the pool, I picture myself driving there, getting out of the car, going to the locker room, and jumping in the pool. Once I can clearly see it, I just tell myself “keep walking”. I have been doing that since college and it really works for me. Another big motivation for me is keeping pictures of myself before I lost my weight… I never want to be at that point again and I know what I need to do to avoid that fate.

    K

    • Thanks, K. You just reminded me of an alternate to “Just Do It” that I also use: “Just keep swimming” from Finding Nemo.

      I don’t actually like the song (“Dory, no singing!”) but the sentiment is right: keep going, don’t stop, just keep on keeping on, don’t think of the finish — focus on the next step, the next stroke, the next movement . . . .

      As the old saying goes, “The journey of a thousand miles beings with a single step.” Those steps add up.

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