We all made it through the first three weeks of the challenge and past the first big EATING day of Thanksgiving. How are you doing? I want to know how Thanksgiving went for you all. Were you able to make the day about family and friends and fun and NOT about food?
Did you keep on plan with workouts and vitamins and try to eat things that were good for you? I am sure many of us had one or two bites of something we wished we hadn’t. If that is the case for you, there is one thing you need to do RIGHT NOW.
PUT IT BEHIND YOU. EVEN IF YOU REALLY MESSED UP AND ATE THE WHOLE PUMPKIN PIE, THERE IS NOTHING YOU CAN DO TO CHANGE IT SO PUT IT IN THE PAST AND MOVE FORWARD!
Today is a new day. This is also a new week for the contest. Start over and promise yourself to do your best this week to eat well, exercise, and get your hydration and vitamins in each day.
In addition to these things, I want everyone to focus this week on what you can do to help someone else. For many people who are alone, homeless, sad, or otherwise down during the holidays, Christmas can be a time of worry and stress. Sure we all have problems, but try to remember that there are always people who are in worse situations than we are.
Is there a person in your neighborhood who you know has no family? What about a local family who lost everything recently in a fire? Do you know someone who lost a spouse recently or has had some other tragedy? Paying it forward is a huge theme for the Bariatric Guru team. I was recently elected to the Board of Directors for the Weight Loss Surgery Foundation of America and could not be prouder to help this amazing charity save lives.
This foundation gives surgery grants to people who truly need and want the surgery but who’s insurance does not cover the procedure and they do not have the funds themselves. I have witnessed firsthand what this gift can do and it makes me so proud to serve on their board.
There are so many wonderful organizations that need our help in addition to local people right in our communities.
Do you have a charity that touches you in some personal way? As someone who knows the pain of being both homeless and owning nothing but three days of clothes, thanks to my up close and personal interaction with Hurricane Katrina, I can assure you a small gesture for someone who needs it can mean more than you know.
It is so easy to just write a check to your favorite charity, but it takes a bit more to really reach out and DO SOMETHING. For instance, if you chose to help the WLSFA, instead of just writing a check, how about writing a check and also sharing a link to their page on yours and doing a local fundraiser?
Instead of just donating to the local soup kitchen, how about volunteering to serve one day a month? Life is so busy and it is so hard to find time to really give back to others, but that is my challenge to you this week. I want us all to do something to help someone else. Even if all you can do is make a one-dollar donation into the Salvation Army kettle, do something!
If you can find time, I would encourage you to actually do some act of kindness for someone else. It doesn’t have to cost money or be something grand, but I promise you that if you can give even a half hour of your time and of yourself to help someone else who needs it, it will feel amazing!
When Ben and the kids and myself made trips to Louisiana and Texas doing hurricane relief after Gustav and Ike, I actually felt selfish and like I was getting more out of it than the people we were helping. It just feels good to help other people.
Once I had my kids make Christmas ornaments and we took them to a local nursing home and visited all of the rooms and passed out ornaments to the residents. Many told us this was the only gift they would receive that year. That is something my boys will never forget. Involve your kids and they will remember it forever.
I want each of you to experience the joy of giving of yourself or your resources and what it feels like to touch a life in need. For many of you, this may be nothing new and a part of daily life and if that is you, then GREAT, this should be an easy challenge.
So here are the initiatives for the week:
1. SMART EATING DAILY- PROTEIN FIRST, VEGGIE NEXT, LITTLE TO NO EMPTY CARB CALORIES OR REFINED SUGAR CALORIES.
2. EXERCISE AT LEAST THREE TIMES A WEEK
3. DO SOMETHING FOR SOMEONE WHO NEEDS YOU EITHER MONETARILY, OR IN SERVICE. (IT IS OKAY TO SCHEDULE SOMETHING FOR LATER IN THE MONTH IF YOU CANNOT DO IT THIS WEEK!)
Post #1 and #2 daily, and #3 once you do it/schedule it just once for the week. For an extra entry, post a picture of yourself doing your act of kindness for someone else!
Together we can help not only ourselves and our health, but also someone else who needs us!
Have a great week!