Dec 8, 2011

A little lesson I learned from the cop that pulled me over today

Last night, like most nights lately, I went to bed around one o' clock in the morning. I woke up tired and because I didn't immediately have to leave for work, determined I needed a haircut. I knew I didn't have enough time to get it done this morning , but I also knew that would be the case any other time in my day...week...ever. Sitting waiting for the officer to bring me my speeding ticket an hour later I realized maybe I was trying to go a little too fast for my own good in more ways than one...


Because of money issues, we have been going a million miles a minute for a while. It seemed that even giving up sleep was not enough. Times like that don't last forever but if you are going that way for too long, even when you don't really have more than you can handle, you force yourself to be unnecessarily busy because that is the only life you have known for a long time.

The lie:
"I am too busy right now to go to the gym and eat right. Right now is just to crazy to be worrying about dieting and exercising because [insert excuse here]. I will get back on-track [insert some date in the future that is not TODAY]."
Reality:
"Life is busy so I am going to have to limit [insert unimportant activity here]  and use that time to focus on my health. I know I am not as busy as I like to think I am and if I don't go to the gym it's not because I don't have time, it is because I have decided that the time I spend on my health is less important than [insert unimportant activity here]. If I am honest with myself there are very few things more important.
I have become a hoarder of projects. There is just so much stuff I don't need in my life, it's crowding out what is important. Trying to cram more and more into my life is not helping me get more done, it's just getting me stuck. Time to clean house. Literally, figuratively and schedule...ly.  
 

14 comments:

  1. Words of wisdom for all of us to live by, it took my doc telling me I have borderline high cholesterol and borderline high blood pressure to make me take time for whats most important, we are the best at making the worst excuses. Thanks Mike and you can do this. Barb

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  2. Sorry that you got a ticket. That is no fun at all! But it is a great reminder that sometimes we have to cut back and focus on what is really important. (Your analogy works both physically as well as spiritually!)

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  3. I wish J was still a cop and was the one that pulled you over...he would have let you go for sure! We know how you feel. Its a little ironic that an encounter with a cop is what brought this wisdom to light. It was our experiences as a law enforcement family that made us feel like we were forever on the treadmill of life and never catching up. It helped for me to skip thinking of a 5 year plan and focus on a 10 or 20 year plan. That's what motivated us to drop everything a go to law school. The 5 year payoff didn't seem worth it...but the 10 year future and 20 year future did. And if you can only take one step today...remember YOU inspired my husband to lose 60 pounds while in law school, and he's keeping it off!! What you are doing matters...A LOT!

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  4. Good thoughts, man. I find that my excuses generally going along the same lines, and that ultimately I end up squandering away and finding time to waste an hour or two online reading Wikipedia or wasting time on forums or Reddit.

    Fact is that there's always time for the overwhelming majority of us to get to the gym and - more importantly for fat loss - to prepare healthy food if we just choose to make it a priority.

    Speaking of making time, I'm getting back into blogging my weight loss, as well. Feel free to drop by my weight loss blog, Will Phillips is Becoming.

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  5. M, it's past time to update. Been a few weeks. Hope you're doing okay, you and the missus and the fam.

    Happy, Healthy New year to you all!

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  6. Just thought I would peep in and wish you a Happy New Year. Man they are gonna be doing jello shots here. I am scared LOL A house full of drunks omg. I am designated dieter. LOL

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  7. Best post I've read all day (even if it *is* a month old... ;) ahem...). Great points. If you want something, you'll make time for it. If you don't, you'll make an excuse.

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  8. How is it going Michael? You haven't posted in a long time and I just wanted to check in on you.

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  9. Yep, I'm a month past Katie posting a comment and wondering where you are and how you're doing and how's the wife and ..... well hope all is good. Take care Michael. Blessings!!

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  10. First of all, I love this post and it reminds me of how I always excused myself from "Exercising" because I do in fact go to school all morning, then work all night, but in between, sometime during the week, or on my 2 days off saturday and sunday, I should be cramming in some eliptical or treadmill time.

    I love your blog. Your progress pictures. And most of all the advice you give to others for just starting their journey. What is your username on Myfitnesspal?

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  11. I am doing a "tour" of bloggers that I liked to read but aren't posting anymore. Just hoping to poke them into at least letting me know how they are for now since...well, I really shouldn't talk TOO much about inconsistent posting. I am trying though.

    Hope to hear how things are going.

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  12. Mike...it's been 10 months since your last post! Come back! Nobody is judging you- you're my inspiration!

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  13. Haven't heard from you in awhile- hope you're doing well. Each day is a new start. Hope to see you back here!

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  14. Missing your posts and updates and wanted to let you know. Hope all is well.

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