One of my most favorite all time illustrations that motivational speakers everywhere use is when they tell the audience to stand up and reach their hands to the sky as high as they possibly can. They'll say, "...now you're sure you've reached as high as you can?" And then they'll say, "ok, now reach an inch higher!" And without fail the entire audience will reach their fingers AT LEAST an inch higher.
I've always loved this idea because when I think I've done as much as I can possibly do in a day...or when I think I've done as much as I can possibly do in any given situation, I'll think to myself, "Well, what else can I do? How can I reach higher?"
It's not often I remember a certain message from speakers because I've heard so many of them over the years...but I suppose because this is a popular activity among them that it finally resonated in me.
If you happened to have read an earlier post of mine where I was struggling with believing in my ability to "lose weight and keep it off" - know that I have been working on my -brain- and the way I think about things. I'm ready to reach higher. I have not TRIED nearly enough since I started having children. My mind is finally in the RIGHT place. I care for myself and my family so much and I want to do all that I can to treat myself better, take care of my vesil here on earth, and create an energy of "we can do anything we set our minds to" around here!
That being said, I have been exercising on the elliptical walker for over 2 weeks now. Today I went ahead and hit the mile mark. When I really get in better shape I know I can do much more. I'll be reaching higher and going faster each day. Also, the only things I'm eating in between meals now are fruits or vegetables. I am not cutting out pizza or fried foods...yet...if ever - we'll see how I feel about that later in this journey. Each day I'm waking up with an attitude of achievement, and when I feel like I want to NOT exercise or be lazy I remind myself to REACH HIGHER!!