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#468: Can You Make a Decision?

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Every day we make dozens, maybe hundreds of decisions. Some we make by rote -- the time to set the alarm, what time to leave work, whether to pick up the kids at their activities and on and on -- while other decisions require us to choose between alternatives.

At the grocery store we make decisions on what and how much to buy. We decide which gas station to stop at on the way home. We decide which route to take and whether or not we should drop off library books on the way to the store or on the way back home.

Are you conscious of the multitude of decisions you make each day? You're pretty confident making these decisions, aren't you?

So then, if you are quite experienced in making decisions, why is it so difficult to decide to have a healthy meal instead of an unhealthy one? Why is it so difficult to do some exercises instead of flopping in front of the TV?

Oh, we rationalize we don't have time so it's okay to run through the fast-food drive up "just this once." And we rationalize that we're too tired to do any exercises because we had a long day and have to get up early the next day.

But far too often we do not decide to eat healthy or exercise in the same manner we make decisions about the rest of our lives.

Why are these two choices so hard for us? Don't we want to lose weight and become healthier, maybe get off of some of our medications, wear smaller sized clothes, receive compliments and feel proud of ourselves? Don't we want that?

Then let's decide, now, today, and with every meal we face that we will choose a healthy alternative to fat, grease, cholesterol and sugar and let's decide right now that we will take time to stretch, walk and move around. We know deciding to do these things is for our own good so why do we hesitant and make excuses to try to justify eating poorly and remaining sedentary?

These are simple decisions -- the donut at work or perhaps a healthy alternative of fruit or yogurt -- sitting in the recliner watching TV or walking around the block.

Simple decisions, yet we make them so much more difficult than the variety of other decisions we make every single day.

Why is that?
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    It is so often easiest to take the easy road when the road less traveled has the better view.
    3632 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    You are so insightful and seem to know just what we need to hear and when we need to hear it.
    3633 days ago
  • TEMPEST272002
    I really think it comes down to habit. Most of the decisions we make - well, we don't think to hard about them. I almost always get gas at the same place, start grocery shopping from the left isle & work my way right, etc. With food & exercise, my motto is: Make the healthiest choice possible in this moment. The trick is to remember the motto in the moment. But the more I practice making healthy decisions, the easier it gets. Great blog!
    3633 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    You're so right. I haven't thought of it like that before. Thanks for the motivation today!

    emoticon blog!!

    3633 days ago
    That is so true...my guess is that the flesh is weak. We need more willpower to be strong. Sometimes we just do not think right us humans.

    3633 days ago
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    Good question.. Why? Why do we choose to do any of the things that we do? Yatmama said it best, it's all in the "want to".. Right now it's 5am and I know I should start exercising in a few minutes if I want to get out of the house on time this morning.. Do I want to? Nope.. Do I need to? Yes! Oh well.. time to don the sneakers and get moving..
    Thanks for the motivation!
    3633 days ago
  • SPARKIE1964
    I keep asking myself the same question. Why did I eat the 5 mini croissants and 4 chocolate kisses today, especially on the heals of poor food choices last night? If I knew the answer, I would make better ones. Alas, tomorrow is a new day for good decisions. Thanks for the inspiration to forge ahead anew.

    BTW, how does one let go of yearnings even if they might seem unrealisitc? Can we be happy/fulfilled just with what "is" while also working towards what "might be" and how?
    3633 days ago

    Good question! I was camped out on the sofa Sparking this afternoon, because it was raining. I realized it had stopped raining and the sun was peaking out. So, I got my butt off the sofa and went for a couple of mile walk. I hadn't read your blog yet, but I must have been getting your vibes! Thanks for asking the tough questions!
    3633 days ago
    Another great blog, Lou!! Thank you for sharing. We are a product of our decisions for sure...may we all start making good decisions!!!

    3633 days ago
    Good food for thought.....now that will be in the back of my mind every day.

    Thanks for you insights, I really enjoy them.

    3633 days ago
    Yeah Lou, I swear my body is taken over by Aliens, skinny ones who can eat what every they want. They have got to stop it too, cuz it is not helping! LOL!

    Good blog, good decisions.
    3633 days ago
    Lou, you have written another excellent blog. Yes, it is all about choices. I love your perspective on this!
    3633 days ago
    Nan, I write when I have an idea I think will motivate, encourage or inspire readers. Some stretches are daily then the idea well runs dry for several days. Thanks for reading to all. -- Lou
    3634 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    WOW, you really make some valid points there. I have a tuff time make life decisions on like,... move, stay here; do this or do that.

    Thanks Friend.

    Are you writing a daily blog for now? I see you here often, as it used to be like once a week.?

    3634 days ago
    It's all in the want-to. I had to decide whether I wanted to live more than I wanted a french fry or a donut. No brainer, right?
    3634 days ago
    We have the power to choose...Here's to making good decisions! emoticon
    3634 days ago
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