I was watching the Today show just now and they showed a story that I had seen a blurb about on Facebook earlier this morning. It was about Dr. Oz testifying before Congress and how he was taken to task over his endorsement of miracle cures for weight loss.
It got me to thinking a few things:
- Dr. Oz belongs in Oz, a land of make-believe…where inhabitants inevitably crash back I to reality.
- It’s funny that his name is Oz. Wonder why anyone trusts the crazy wizard in the first place.
- And the big one—if it sounds too good to be true, it is!
If there were a miracle cure for weight loss, there would not be an obesity epidemic raging in this country.
You can not out-train a shitty diet, no matter what.
So ignore all these magic bullet products and workouts, and consider this:
- Your goals are uniquely your own.
- You need to commit.
- You need to work hard.
- You need to make sustainable, lasting change.
- You can do it.
You just need to do it. It’s that simple and that difficult. It’s not easy but it gets easier. Your new habits will become the fabric of your life, and positive change will breed positive change.
Once again, I read something that triggered a flood of things.
I’m not saying that I agree with everything in the article. I am saying that I agree with some of it, and I’m also saying that the mindfulness it triggered is invaluable. At some point I will carry on about the value of reading and educating oneself on the topics of focus and interest, but for now I’ll stick to my point:
What do you do when you feel like you have a to-do list that is a mile long, and no way to attack it?
Would you believe that sometimes making the list longer actually makes you feel less overwhelmed and more productive?
Break things down into manageable blocks that you can tackle in blocks of time that you have available. As you start tackling small blocks in small blocks, you’ll soon see that what you’re doing is creating an inventory of useful blocks—materials you can use to build the life you want. While, volume-wise, you might be inclined to shy away from your extended to-do list, after examining the tasks you’ll realize (and be motivated by) how completely manageable they are. Start getting things done, start checking items off, and before you know it, you’ll have fueled yourself and generated momentum and enthusiasm that will keep you going.
And if you skip items, or check them off without doing them, remember to be gentle with yourself. But don’t forget, the more you do, the more results you’ll see, the more you’ll want to do, the more you’ll believe in yourself and before you know it, you’ll have the life you want. And you won’t be scared of losing it either!