June 22, 2005 Volume 2 No. 12

Commit To Joy

What brings you joy? When was the last time you experienced joy in your life? Take a few minutes to reflect on the things that bring you joy!  How can you bring more of these experiences into your life?

Enjoy the newsletter and have a Blessed Two Weeks!!

Cathy Morenzie

Sticking to Fitness

Have you ever experienced the joy and exhilaration of a marathoner crossing the finish line or the natural high that comes from a great workout? If you said no...you're not alone. The truth is that most people do not love exercise. Most people don’t wake up in the morning and say they can’t wait to hit the gym. So if you fall in the majority of those that don’t live, dream and breathe exercise, here are some things you can do to keep yourself on the right track.

1.                  Emphasize the long haul. Look at the big picture. Think about your fitness program as a lifestyle change; a lifelong journey. Make sure your program includes variety, flexibility and fun.

2.                  Watch for Danger signals. Rapid weight loss.  This ties in to the first point. Quick weight loss is hard to maintain. Go for slow and steady. A second danger signal is when you focus on your failure and missed sessions. Focus instead on your successes.

3.                  Build in Rewards. Treat yourself when you successfully reach one of your targets. Buy a new outfit or have a massage. Try not to tie your rewards to food though!

Fill your life with as many moments and experiences of joy and passion as you humanly can. Start with one experience and build on it
. Marcia Wieder

Such is human psychology that if we don't express our joy, we soon cease to feel it.
Lin Yutang

Joy is the feeling of grinning on the inside
Melba Colgrove



4.                  Lighten up. Don’t beat yourself up if you miss a workout. Just pick up where you left off. Remember this is a lifetime journey.

5.                  Know thyself. Make a list of the difficulties that you know you may experience. Planning in advance may help you to overcome the potential challenges. Share them with your supporters so they can also help you.

5.                  Get Support.  Studies continually show that you have better chances of success when you have the support of family or friends. The more support, the more accountable you will be which will improve your chances of success.

Exercise may never become one of your favourite past-times but it can bring you great joy—especially when you experience the wonderful benefits.


Creating More Moments of Joy

The truth for me is that more of my life is spent doing the day-to-day mundane things and far less of the TV version of life. Lets face it; there is not much joy in washing dishes or exercising on a treadmill for 30 minutes. So how do we find joy in the not so joyful things?

Here are 3 tips that I try to put into practise:

1.                  Be thankful: Realize that everything that turns out to be difficult is the evidence of something good.
            be thankful for the sink full of dirty dishes... you are blessed with food to eat
            be thankful for the family disagreement... you are blessed to have family
            be thankful for the difficult boss... you are blessed with a job
           be thankful for the fingerprints, messy rooms and constant noise... you are   
           blessed with a precious gift from God - children

2.                  Do first things first

Ever notice how you suddenly find the time to make all those phone calls when you have a report or other deadline that you are dreading. My kitchen always becomes immaculate around month end because I would much rather clean than prepare financial reports. Try to make it a habit to do the unpleasant tasks first. Once they are out of the way you’ve got the rest of the day to do the things you enjoy.

3.                  Plan for fun ... strive to do something new and different every day. Meet a new person, visit a new place or simply plan to stop and smell the roses. Enjoy the everyday journey of life and try not to get caught up in the day to day. Every day is a gift from God so rejoice in it!!!

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