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#443: Become Action Jackson in 2011

Friday, December 31, 2010

The other day as I drove from Orlando to St. Pete Beach, FL, I passed the stadiums for the Tampa Bay Rays major league baseball team emoticon and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pro football team emoticon. They provided food for thought about how much in our lives begin with a single action.

Take baseball, for example. Nothing happens until the pitcher throws a pitch. In football, nothing happens until the center hikes the ball to the quarterback. This is true in so many things. Driving requires action by the driver to start the car emoticon. A brick wall requires the mason to spread cement before placing the first brick. Trimming a tree begins with cutting the first limb.

Examples are nearly endless, including our attempts at weight loss emoticon. Every pound we want to lose requires us to take some action -- typically eat less or exercise more.

But to get to that point requires us to have a basic knowledge of weight loss and how it is achieved emoticon. SP provides that education as do weight loss programs such as Weight Watchers emoticon. For some people, merely reading and learning is the action they need to take to start their weight loss journey. Others find they thrive with support from an additional source.

Whatever action jump starts us on our way to success, some action must be taken. If reading and learning is not enough, then seek extra help from somewhere else. For me it was a weight loss clinic. Not that I was weak-willed or lacked knowledge of nutrition and exercise, but that I needed an extra boost. So I took action and sought the extra help. It has worked for me -- more than 35 pounds down in 3.5 months emoticon toward my initial goal of losing 64 pounds.

If you're just starting your weight loss journey or if you find yourself stymied, ask yourself what action you can take to get your weight loss started. Perhaps it will be to track your eating so you can see your actual calorie and other nutrient intake. Maybe it will be to begin exercising, hiring a personal trainer or seeing a registered dietitian.

When you feel lost or off track or feel you are treading water and making no progress toward your weight loss goals, remember the movie "Action Jackson" and take some action, regardless of what it is.

If you do, and take things one healthy meal, one exercise, one positive day at a time and always believe in yourself you can be successful, one pound at a time, you will find yourself heading toward the emoticon at the end of the emoticon, that will be your reward for becoming a new you emoticon.

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  • no profile photo YW84FRIDAY
    I've been away from Spark for some time and now it's time to get started again. That will take some action on my part. Thanks for the encouragement.

    3706 days ago
  • no profile photo CD3872418
    Great thoughts, Lou! As always! Congrats on losing the 35 pounds - that's amazing! One pound, one step at a time - that's an excellent attitude. I really want to learn to take this one day at a time as well; I'm sure it'll get me far in the end.

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    3710 days ago
    One step at a time I will take.

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    3710 days ago
    Great blog (as usual). I appreciate the reminder to take things one step at a time. Congrats on all of your successes!
    3711 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    emoticon LET'S DO THIS THANGG!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    3712 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    You are so right. I finally wrote down my 1st actions in the new year to get me where I want to be. They are small and doable. 7 days at a time.

    3712 days ago
    Super blog, Lou. Thanks.
    3713 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    You always seem to know what we all need to hear and at the right time!
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    3713 days ago
    Thanks for some good advice - again!

    Happy New Year to you!
    3713 days ago
  • no profile photo CD6400103
    thanks Lou !

    i have been feeling 'something' these past few days, and i think it is the urge to really do something now... and your blogs have been helping me really good!
    3713 days ago
    Congratulations on your weight loss! WooHoo 35pounds. I hope 2011 will be even MORE successful for you! Love, Dawn emoticon
    3713 days ago
    Congrats on the 35 pounds!! That's AWESOME. I'm proud of you! One changed behavior at a time makes for great big permanent changes. May we continue to make wiser choices in the coming year! Happy New Year!!
    3713 days ago
    You are such an encouragement to me.....thank you so, so much!
    3713 days ago
    I could picture where you where talking about with the tampa bay buccaneers. My parents vacation home is in clearwater/st pete. I love to head there for a nice rest. I'm heading into this new year with so much hope, ideas, and I've take control this week to start. No time like the present. wishing you so much luck with your goals this coming new year. Bless you lou and Happy New year to you.
    3713 days ago
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