Living Life Upside Down

My life is made up of habits. I have a routine for the everyday tasks.  Every morning I brush my teeth, make my bed, put the right shoe on first and grab breakfast as I walk out the door.  I developed this routine over the years. My habits reduce my time dealing with the mundane decisions of life.  But once established, it is difficult to step away from these habits.

Did you know that Mark Zuckerberg wears a T-shirt and jeans every day? When asked why Mark replied “I really want to clear my life to make it so that I have to make as few decisions as possible about anything except how to best serve this community,” according to Business Insider.

Is your set of current habits helping you achieve what you desire? If not, what happens if we turn life upside down?  Shake things up a bit.

In early August I finally got fed up with my current health habits.  I was making an effort to lose weight and the opposite was happening, I kept gaining.  I was starting to feel old; my knees were hurting and not cooperating.  My son told me that it was okay if I gained weight because I was getting older.  NO I didn’t want to accept that.  I finally had enough.  I stubbornly admitted that my strategy was not working!  I needed to turn my life upside down.  I joined a personal fitness program. My alarm clock now jars me awake at 6:00am twice a week.  I gave up my morning reading time. I now run on a treadmill for 28 minutes, and then work out for 25 more minutes with weight lifting exercises. I keep smiling through every ab crunch, plank, and whatever type of torture they demand of me. I am dripping with sweat at least 3 times a week!

I am also learning to be patient.  The results are coming slow.  The pain in my knee has gone. Every day I feel the muscles complaining, just slightly, and my clothes are fitting better.  This has turned my life upside down.

Mary Guldan-Lindstrom


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