I have known a number of people who just give up when it comes to mending their health. Walking is probably the best thing one can do for one's health except maybe for never eating anything bad for you or too much of anything. I'm not a person who does much in moderation. You may have figured that out about me by now!
Giving up is not surrender. Giving up is giving in to the slacker side of one's self. Giving up is saying to one's self: I can't do it. I'm not good enough. I'm not worth it. It doesn't matter. No one else cares, so why should I? No one else thinks I'm worth the time for my walk, so why should I?
Do you say that to yourself? If you do, you're giving up by giving in to the Itty Bitty Committee in your head that tells you bad things. Have you heard about the good dog and the bad dog? If you have a good dog and a bad dog and you only feed the bad dog, which one is going to thrive? The bad dog! If you feed the negativity in your head - that Committee that you allow to live rent free in the space you should be saving for all things beautiful and loving - you'll give up.
How is that different than Surrender? Surrender is unconditional turning over of your fate to a Power Greater Than Yourself. No, I'm not an evangelist. I'm not pushing a certain religion. I'm not defining what/who that Greater Power is. For some it's God. For many, it's Nature, the Power of the Universe, Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha. But, a Higher Power (hereafter referred to as HP), a power greater than one's self, is - or may be - at work in your life. If that's the case, then you can Surrender yourself - your plans and outcomes, your fate, your future, your wellbeing - to that HP and know that the right path will be revealed to you.
Hmmmm. Why is it called a Path, a Journey? I guess we're each meant to walk our own path. I prefer to share that path with my loved ones and good friends, those who'll walk beside me and wish me well, encourage me, give meaning and richness to my life.
If any of this is a stretch for you, just ignore the HP thing and try to concentrate on doing the next right thing for yourself . If you need help figuring that out or accomplishing it, ask for help. Ask your family and friends. If they don't help, they might not really be friends or people who love you.
There are saboteurs all over the place - many with good intentions. But, telling you that you don't have time to walk, to take care of yourself, telling you or showing you that other things are more important than taking care of yourself, then they are saboteurs. Not intentionally, necessarily. But, if you have saboteurs in your life, PLEASE determine a way to get around them.
Write down your walking goals and other goals you have for taking care of yourself, post those goals where everyone can see them, decorate them with markers and stickers so that everyone can tell they're important. Then, when someone tries to derail you - point to your Pretty Goal Chart and tell the person that you're oh, so sorry that you can't do X, but you have to walk for the next half hour. It won't take too long before THEY give in - before they surrender to your power to take care of yourself.
So, don't give up, don't give in, but Surrender when you can. Lead the way for others. Be that person who takes care of him/herself. In so doing, you'll be far better able to take care of those around you.
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude.
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