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To be able to run greater distances, I pick a landmark ahead of me on the run, and I tell myself that I can make it to that point. Once I get there, I pick another landmark and so on. Before I know it, I've run the entire route and I feel great not having given up at any point before the finish.
I hear a lot of people saying that they will do things "when" --when they lose weight, when they get healthy, when they make enough money, when they get another job, etc. The same goes for the untils; putting life on hold until (until I graduate; until the kids go to school; until the kids move out; until I retire), until the "untils" run out. Don't live your live for the whens and the untils--life happens, embrace it and be in it NOW!
If you plan on paying cash for something bigger, chances are, you'll have to save for it first. This can save you money in a number of ways. 1st, you can earn interest if you're saving the money in an interest bearing account. 2nd, as you're waiting to buy the item, the prices might come down, and you also have extra time to do some comparison shopping. 3rd, by the time you have the money saved, you might find that you no longer want/need the item, and you can invest the money elsewhere.
My husband and I have a jar into which we put all of our change. About once a month, when the jar is full, we take it to the bank and deposit whatever amount accumulated in the jar into a "reserve kitty" savings account. It's amazing, but we've accumulated as much as $100 in change during a month, adding up to almost $1,000 in a year.
To live with regrets is to live in the past. To live in the past is not living at all, because you can't enjoy the present and won't let yourself see the future. No one is able to go back and change the past, but your actions now will impact your future. So, forgive yourself, let go of the burden of regrets, and live.
Just as toxins in food are bad for you, so are toxic (negative and unkind) people. My daughter recently said it best on her FB page before unfriending some very unkind people: "I'm making some changes in my live, and if you don't hear from me, one of those changes might be you." To become and stay positive, make a conscious effort to seek out positive people and things that will make you feel good and put a smile on your face. Be kind to others and be kind yourself.
Although I sometimes feel like I'm invincible, I know I have to temper myself. If I decide I want to try a new exercise, it's always better to set incremental goals to achieving the ultimate time or number of reps to get the greatest benefit of the exercise. If I overdo it the 1st time around, I'll be too sore and tend to not want to do the exercise again. So I set mini goals--I do 10 reps today and increase them by two or three every day (daily mini goal) until I reach my goal of, say 50.
Being owned by two dogs who need to be walked rain or shine, gives me no other option but to get off the couch and outside for a walk. Since I'm already out there, I might as well make it worth my while to go the distance. It's a great way to keep me fit. I vary the length and the speed of the walk to work up a sweat, and by varying the route, the walks are never boring. Aside from that, no matter how bad my day has been, their unconditional love always makes my day.
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