Friday Five: 2013 Take Aways

Hello Friends!

I hope you are all enjoying the last Friday of 2013!  I can’t believe that it is the last Friday of 2013–it seems like just yesterday I was signing up for the Dumbo Double Dare and training for the Princess. and now, the year is practically over.

In this speedy year, filled with happy, sad and stressful moments, I have five key take-aways that I know will serve me time and again later in life.

1. If you want to run faster, simply run faster.  This can be applied to other areas, too.  At the end of the day, it is all about the effort that you put in and pushing yourself past your limits.  I’m really hoping to use this take-away in improving my career in 2014.

2. Protein and fat are your friends.  For a long time I have followed the low calorie, low fat style of eating.  This past summer I shifted things to a higher protein, lower carb, high good fat eating style, and it was revolutionary for me.  It was the first time I felt satiated and healthy and lost weight all at the same time.  It also kept me alert at work and I didn’t snack constantly.

3. Get comfortable with discomfort.  This is useful in so many areas–exercise, not giving in to cravings, dating, dealing with difficult family members…getting ok with the fact that these things may be uncomfortable, but worthwhile to do is a huge step in the right direction to where you want to be.  This is how I’m dealing with the process of online dating.  It’s more uncomfortable than anything I have ever done, but it’s a step towards finding a partner.

Best. Mug. Ever.

Best. Mug. Ever.

4. Sometimes one just needs to cut loose. You can’t be perfect all the time. Have those naughty moments, enjoy them and move on.  That could mean skipping a workout to indulge in all of your PVR’d TV shows, eating ice cream or popcorn for dinner, having that third glass of wine or that extra cheese and bacon on your burger.  This will keep you sane, I promise.  Just make them rare moments–not habits.

5. Stop the comparing yourself to everyone else.  This is a hard one and it is one that I still struggle with, but I’m trying my best to live this take-away every day.  Comparing yourself to those around you just makes yourself miserable.  I know from experience as I’m having one of those comparison misery moments right now and it sucks. When you feel that urge coming on, stop it in it’s tracks–change the dialogue.  Think about your strengths, accomplishments and blessings and how lucky you are to have them.  Look at how far you have come…be it from yesterday, five days, five weeks, five months or even five years ago.

Do you have any take-aways from the past year?  Share them in the comments!

~Princess Lisa



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