Negativity, complaining and acting like a victim. Those attitudes are, unquestionably, my pet peeves.
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Now you might be thinking, “Oh, I thought Elizabeth wanted us to reach out for help. I guess she doesn’t…” Sad trombone.
Don’t get it twisted.
There’s a huge difference between this:
“I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I suck. I can’t pull it together. I don’t even know why I keep trying, I’m at the end of my rope.”
“Here’s what’s going on: I have been overeating and overindulging. I want to change and I’m not sure where to start. I have a couple ideas, but I’m not sure if they are good ones. I’ve included them below. I’d love your thoughts and feedback.”
Do you see the difference?
There’s a huge difference between saying you’re struggling, explaining why, suggesting some ways you could change and asking for feedback and just being a straight up victim of your own choices while you throw a pity party.
Negativity doesn’t work.
It keeps you where you are and prevents you from change.
This is especially true when it comes to fat loss or food choices. You do realize we’re talking about food, which means that you are 100% in control of what you put in your mouth, how much and when, no matter how stressed or tired or upset you are, right?
That doesn’t mean I’m saying it’s easy.
Trust me. I’ve done the hard work. I do the hard work every day. I’d love to sleep in, make pancakes and have ice cream for dinner. I don’t. I understand that it can feel like hard work.
Why do you choose to see something hard as something bad? Are you refusing to see that hard is the path to progress? That it’s the way you travel to get what you want?
Stop being so dramatic and upset when things feel hard – hard is the way to what you want. It’s the only way.
Keep in mind: it’s 10x harder (at least) when you have a crappy attitude.
You can focus on the problem or you can focus on the solution.
You can choose to be negative or you can choose to be positive.
You can choose to be a victim or a victor.
Negativity, whining and complaining do not work. So, if you want a strategy that works, leave your crappy attitude behind and start focusing on what you are able and willing to do.
If you want an uncommon life, you’re going to have to take an uncommon approach.
Stop complaining. It’s so common and I think you want uncommon results.
I am so proud to say that I absolutely crushed today’s workout. It called for running which I swapped for biking due to my knee injury, but I hit it out of the park! Since there was a 3 minute rest between rounds, each round is essentially a max effort sprint.
500 Meter Row
30 cal on airdyne bike (40 cals for men)
Rest 3:00 between rounds
Interestingly, I felt pretty terrible during the warm up. Weak, very little energy. But, I pushed through and crushed the workout.
Later in the day I went kayaking with my sister for her birthday. Happy birthday, Debi! I absolutely adore you!
On the food front:
Around 10am I had a cobb salad from Paleo Power Meals and before leaving to kayak (around 12:30p) I had grilled chicken strips with a honey mustard sauce (also from Paleo Power Meals).
When I got home I had an early dinner of chicken & broccoli over cauliflower rice and then after a video conference I had a late 2nd dinner of a Mahi burger from Trader Joes and a large plate of broccoli.