On Children ~ by Kahlil Gibran


A little boy explains to his mother why he does not want to eat the octopus she served him.

“Out of the mouths of babes…”

[If you can’t see the video, scroll down to the comments — I posted a transcript of it.]

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.

[from Gibran’s The Prophet. Read the remainer of this 1923 poem here.]

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retirement? feel no guilt!


I suppose every retired person has their own answer to the questions, What’s retirement like? What does a person do?

Recently I was asked by a soon-to-be-retired person who’s feeling a little insecure about what he might do with all that freedom. I guess the prospect is scary for some people. It never was for me because I’ve always dreamed of having full-time freedom to be creative or expand my non-working-life skills and enjoyment. Anyway, here’s a version of my reply email.

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Hubby has just gone skiing for the afternoon, so I’m catching up on some email, then I’ll go out to catch up on some chore-running-around.

The idea of retiring can bring up those kinds of questions. What do we do all the time? The short answer is, “Anything we want!!!” That’s the best part of retirement. No expectations, no boss or work demands, nothing we HAVE TO do except upkeep of ourselves and home.

I get to do my crafts (or not), read books (or not), sit at my computer for FUN instead of work, get chores and shopping done when the rest of the world is at work instead of having to cope with doing it during the busiest weekend/evening times. I like learning new things, so I try out new crafts from time to time. Currently working on teaching myself “needle felting”. I occasionally have lunch dates with friends, see afternoon matinees at the movies (what a luxury!), enjoy cooking (or not), etc. In the summer, enjoy my small deckgarden and snoozing in the big hammock. I enjoy my walks in the local park. In the colder indoor months, from time to time I still do some document editing because I miss it –but I don’t miss having to do it, having people expect me to get it to them in a timely manner, etc. I did some work researching and writing for the Dalai Lama Center for about 6 months during my first year of retirement. Last year I worked with an Edmonton friend editing his doctorate thesis. I’ve helped our kids and other family, copyediting their papers when they were in post-secondary school. Ongoingly, I’m helping a friend with commenting and/or copyediting her writings, which she sometimes submits to magazines and contests. Oh, and I enjoy occasionally writing articles in my own blog. 🙂

I also signed up with a couple of microvolunteering websites. Microvolunteering is doing volunteer work from home. This weekend I found another volunteering site I’ll work with — Help From Home — doing some proofreading for a group who are working on the Gutenberg Project. They scan in books that are no longer copyrighted, then volunteers work on the books, page by page, to ensure that the scanned pages match the original — quite often, scanned text isn’t entirely accurate, as the scanner sees everything as images rather than words and sometimes gets words wrong. (Example: the word “and”, if it’s on an older or worn page in an old book, might be seen by the scanner as “ahd”.) So the volunteers go through it word by word and correct scanning errors. I did a couple dozen pages this weekend and really enjoyed it.

Anyway, you get the idea…. I keep busy (or not), only on things I enjoy, and when I stop enjoying, I move on to the next more enjoyable thing.

Hubby truly enjoys having an unscheduled life, enjoys having nobody, especially bosses, expecting him to be someplace at a certain time every day, or be responsible for students or lesson planning or the performance of teaching. He loves reading books and catching up on his news — business, science, technology, etc. — via computer. He enjoys his computer games. He’s a master at the art of doing nothing — which sounds weird but he can sit for hours and just think — I suppose it’s like meditating, which is very healthy for us, as you know. His saying is, Everything I need to know about retirement I’ve learned from my cat.”

My saying is, “Human being, not human doing!” (A Rumi quote)

In short, we’re both happy and highly recommend the retired life to all and sundry.

Some tips for you: Think (often) about what you’d rather be doing while you’re doing your current work stuff, and to start making a list of what comes to mind at that thought. Then when you retire you can start working on that list. And of course there are your hobbies — I just know there are some enjoyable activities you’ve been doing all your life, and now you can do them anytime instead of only when you can squeeze in some time. Check online — there are so many free courses, and learning something new is good for our retired brains. If you have a phone or tablet, try out some new educational apps. Learn a new language with Duolingo (just one example).  Get creative, try new things, brush your teeth with the other hand… do one random act of kindness a day…

Most importantly, you don’t have to plan. You can just start out on a life of doing whatever you want, whenever you want, for as long as you want. It’s FREEDOM! to be who we really are instead of the working life of meeting every external expectation others have of us. During our first few months of retirement we went through that phase of feeling guilty about doing nothing! But sooner or later, we all have to remember that we earned this freedom, that we enjoyed life enormously in the days before we HAD TO work to support ourselves, and that this is definitely the time of life to begin reaping the rewards of all we’ve accomplished at work. Everybody who works enjoys their few days/weeks of holiday time — they know they earned it and deserve it and it’s a relief to be away from work. A retiree just needs to start thinking of retirement as a well-earned holiday… one that goes on and on and become anything we want it to be from day to day, and can change to anything else we want if it starts to feel boring.

Well, I sure didn’t mean to have this be so long… first time I’ve actually written anything about what retirement is like. Maybe I’ll write a blog post about it!

And I did. And there you have it. Now I’m moving on to the next thing I want to do today!

what’s a dopamine reuptake inhibitor? (in layman’s terms)


They say  there is more depression in middle-aged (and older) women. Well now I know why! It’s another part of the body’s aging process. Read on to find out what I found out and what I did about it!

Disclaimer: I am NOT a medical professional. Just a patient who is curious and likes to research my medical issues as they come along. This article is intended to simplify things, and there’s much more involved in the total picture than what I’ve painted here. If you have questions or concerns after reading this post, talk to your doctor!

I had been feeling like I’d “lost myself” for a while. Where was that ‘up’ and  optimistic and happy me? I’d become grumpy and discouraged and not feeling the joy of life. My biggest symptom was that I was more reactive (negatively) to everything and less able to recover from that. In short, I’d begun to notice a significant inability to cope. That was new and scarey for me.

So I went to the doctor. Ya, she gave me some meds. I hate getting meds, especially for the mind. So I did some research and now I understand it all better and I don’t hate my meds. This article might help you understand it better too.

I now consider this particular medication a daily supplement. That’s because I now know it’s replacing chemicals in my brain that are quite normally lost as we get older!

Why don’t I have enough dopamine?
i.e. Why do I need these dopamine reuptake inhibitor pills?

It turns out that I have 30-35% less dopamine than I had in my 20s! Here’s why:

No doctor has said this to me, but after researching to write this article, I’m pretty sure that, for me anyway, the problem is age-based.

  • “It is documented that brain dopamine activity declines with age.” [ref 6]
  • “The loss of dopamine with age is thought to be responsible for many neurological symptoms that increase in frequency with age, such as decreased arm swing and increased rigidity. Changes in dopamine levels may also cause age-related changes in cognitive flexibility.” [ref 8]
  • “The frontal lobes and frontal-striatal dopaminergic pathways are especially affected by age-related processes resulting in memory changes.” [ref 8]
  • “Age is associated with a significant decline in dopamine D2 receptors—molecules that transmit signals that are associated with pleasure and reward in the brain. Approximately 6-7% of these receptors are lost with each decade of age [italics mine] from 20 to 80 years.” [ref 7]

If I do the math on those numbers, I find that now, in my 60s, I have 30-35% less dopamine than I had in my 20s! That certainly tells a story about some of the symptoms that took me to the doctor, resulting in my getting this prescription. My symptoms were a pretty good match to what’s in the table below, under symptoms of dopamine deficiency! Those, plus a notable decline in my “cognitive flexibility” and “memory changes” as mentioned in the quotes above.

Dopamine? Serotonin?

I was chatting with a friend about my new “dopamine reuptake inhibitor” meds, and we got to wondering why some people take those, but others take “serotonin reuptake inhibitors” for seemingly the same reason—feeling some kind of depression or mood problem.

So what’s the difference between dopamine and serotonin? And what do they do for us? And can we figure it out in plain language instead of medical jargon? That’s what I’m going to attempt to do here, mostly for my own understanding, but I’m including you in case you’re wondering too.

“Dopamine and serotonin are two neurotransmitters that are necessary for many aspects of human behavior. Inadequate production and regulation of either neurotransmitter is a cause of many medical conditions.” [ref 1]

Neurotransmitters?

OK, let’s back up for a minute and get some definitions out of the way. I’ll try to do this in my own words and maybe help de-code the medical terminology we find online, put it into some plain English.

Neuro means it has something to do with the body’s nervous system or system of nerves. This sytem is our body’s ‘information highway’, transmitting information signals from one part of the body to another, one cell to another. In this case, we’re talking about the brain’s nerve cells….. i.e. neurons.

Neuron is the name for nerve cells in the brain. A neuron has a very specialized purpose—processing and then conducting nerve impulses (signals) from itself to another neuron. Neurons must communicate with each other to get those signals to where they’re needed in the various parts of our brains. Neurons don’t touch each other; they have to communicate across the gaps between them….. i.e. synapses.

 A synapse is the very small gap between neurons. Nerve signals zap across the synapse. How do they do that? The signals are carried by electrochemicals called….. neurotransmitters.

 A neurotransmitter is one of a number of natural chemicals we have in our bodies that transmit signals from one nerve cell to another. Just as hormones control many body functions, neurotransmitters control various brain/nervous system functions. The neurotransmitter chemicals function as a kind of liquid FedEx truck, carrying signals from one neuron to another across a synapse. In this article, we’re discussing only two neurotransmitters: dopamine and serotonin.

Neurotransmission

**See the 2 short videos below, but finish reading this section first to better understand what’s happening in them.

So to over-simplify (i.e. neurons aren’t round balls with labels in them; synapses aren’t chasms but extremely narrow gaps, neurotransmitters and the nervous system are way more complicated than I’m describing, but anyway….), I have a picture in my imagination, like my little drawing here. Two neurons need to talk to each other about some important nervous-system information, but they can’t touch or even reach each other across the synapse gap. They  have to send the signals some other way. So they package the signal up within a kind of soup of chemicals (neurotransmitter soup, LOL) that is specially made for the sole purpose of carrying those signals from one neuron to another across the synaptic gap. Then they shoot that signal+neurotransmitter soup outwards…..

The signal-sending nerve cell (a.k.a. presynaptic cell) has an axon, which is like a long, slender fiber extending out from the nerve cell. The outgoing signal, packaged up in its neurotransmitter soup, travels along the axon and is then released into the synaptic gap.

The signal-receiving (receptor) nerve cell (a.k.a. postsynaptic cell) has small branch-like appendages called dendrites that capture the signal and pull it into the receiving neuron. To imagine dendrites, imagine the tiny, underdeveloped twigs that fan out at the end of a leafless tree branch. The receptor cells are covered with dendrites, all poking out from the cell into the synaptic neurotransmitter soup.

Reuptake: This is the last phase of the signal transmission process. After the signal has been sent and received, the presynaptic cell (the one that sent the signal) has to clean up after itself. That is, it has to reabsorb the neurotransmitter chemical, which is too plentiful and dense to just diffuse. And also because the neurotransmitter chemicals can be reused by the cell for future signals. “Reuptake is necessary for normal synaptic physiology because it allows for the recycling of neurotransmitters and regulates the level of neurotransmitter present in the synapse and controls how long a signal resulting from neurotransmitter release lasts.” [ref 2]

Reuptake inhibitor: This is a descriptor for a certain class of meds, most commonly prescribed as antidepressants. From the above information, you know what reuptake is. These meds prevent that last “cleanup” step (reuptake). The result is that more of those neurotransmitter chemicals remain in the synapse gap on an ongoing basis. This facilitates continued (and better) neurotransmission of signals across the synapse. The specific/actual effect of this varies with the various neurotransmitters we have. Different meds target different neurotransmitter chemicals. So, for example, if my doctor prescribes a “dopamine reuptake inhibitor”, then dopamine is the only neurotransmitter chemical it works with.

Animated video (just 1.5 minutes)

3D Animation: Neurotransmitter Synapse (1 minute; amazing!)

The difference between dopamine and serotonin?

Simply put, they are both neurotransmitters found naturally in our bodies, but they reside in and act on different parts of our brain.
(Serotonin also resides in and works from our intestinal tract, but I’m not talking about that here.)

SEROTONIN DOPAMINE
produced where in the brain? by neurons in the brain stem by neurons in the basal ganglia, which is higher up in the brain
regulates what parts of the nervous system? conscious awareness; screening out of extraneous stimuli; managing the sleep/wake cycle [ref 1] movement; learning
[ref 1]
how does it affect us? motivation, pleasure-seeking behavior, voluntary movement, reward, cognition, attention, learning & problem-solving, mood, temperature, muscle contraction, cardiovascular & endocrine systems.“When we have enough serotonin, we feel emotionally stable, we can sleep, we can sort out feelings and determine in a logical manner if there is a threat present.” [ref 5]
….
Note: “Serotonin acts a bit differently on each individual, making it a challenge to ascertain its precise effect on mood.”
[ref 4]
mood, appetite, sleep, memory, learning, emotional arousal, reward system, social skills“Dopamine is often called the ‘Feel Good Neurotransmitter’. When we have enough Dopamine we have:
-feelings of pleasure
-feelings of attachment/love
-a sense of altruism (unselfish concern for the welfare of others)
-integration of thoughts and feelings”
[ref 5]
symptoms of excess? [ref 4]  results in “serotonin syndrome”, characterized by shivering, diarrhea, muscular rigidity, fever, and seizures uncontrollable movements such as tremors, twitches, repetitive tapping or jerking movements,  increased pulse rate and blood pressure from increased strength of contractions
symptoms of deficiency? [ref 4]  anxiety, depression–with accompanying feelings of unworthiness and difficulty concentrating, fatigue, sleep and appetite disorders. Premenstrual syndrome and bulimia can also occur fatigue, lack of motivation, depression, difficulty initiating and controlling the trajectory or precision of muscle movement

Why can’t I just take dopamine pills?

The answer is simple: You can’t take dopamine tablets, because dopamine is not able to pass from your bloodstream into your brain. As they say in medical terminology, it can’t cross the blood-brain barrier.

So we’re left with taking dopamine reuptake inhibitors to increase the amount of dopamine that gets left in the synapse, where cell communication takes place. (Or in cases of specific diseases like Parkinson’s, there are other pill-helpers called dopamine agonists that can get into your brain, where the medicine/chemical is changed into dopamine by your brain cells and then affect the brain the same way as dopamine does.)

Can I increase my dopamine without taking pills?

Some online authors say we can do this with various foods and supplements (avoiding some, increasing others, etc.) They all pretty much agree on which items help, so I’m just going to provide a few links for you about this:

Update: 3-month checkup…

I am back to feeling my happy, optimistic, go-with-the-flow me. When I went for my 3-month followup, my doctor (who didn’t know I’d been researching all of this) said that depression might come and go as I get older. She said there’s absolutely no harm in continuing to take the dopamine reuptake inhibitor for as long as I want. For the rest of my life if I want.

So I’m going to give that a try. I mean, if my body is betraying its youth by reducing the dopamine in my brain, I’ll show it a thing or two! I’ll work with that new knowledge rather than fight it.

Update: 20 months later…

Still taking the dopamine reuptake inhibitor. I definitely have my Self back and it’s SO much healthier not being depressed. Duh!

So for me, that pill has become simply a supplement I take daily with my other supplements.

Sure, I have my low days like everybody else. But I’ve regained my ability to bounce back in a reasonable period of time… of course, that’s after the requisite hours of self-indulgence, self-care, some exercise, some Haagen Dazs, whatever the booster-of-the-day is.

In short, after 20 months, I really do believe in this research I’ve explored. I really do believe that acknowledging and addressing our brain’s chemical changes helps us address at least one component of depression: It helps us eliminate the self-blame aspect, which helps us get on with our return to Joy!

References:

1. Dopamine vs. Serotonin
http://www.ehow.com/facts_5575149_dopamine-vs-serotonin.html

2. Reuptake (wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reuptake

3. Neurotransmitter (wikipedia)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neurotransmitter

4. Dopamine vs. Serotonin
http://www.livestrong.com/article/175158-dopamine-vs-serotonin

5. Neurotransmitters
http://www.squidoo.com/n
eurotransmitters

6. Association Between Decline in Brain Dopamine Activity With Age and Cognitive and Motor Impairment in Healthy Individuals
http://ajp.psychiatryonline.org/article.aspx?articleid=172737

7. How Aging Affects Brain Chemistry
http://www.bnl.gov/bnlweb/pubaf/pr/2000/bnlpr010400.html

8. Aging Brain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aging_brain#Dopamine

forming a healthy habit starts from within


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The outer conditions of a person’s life will always be found to reflect their inner beliefs. ~James Allen

I recently participated in a 21-day online fitness support group. I needed some external motivation to help re-establish a daily habit of fitness activity. My lazy butt was so reluctant to start this! Nevertheless, by the last day of the challenge, I was enthusiastically back into the habit.

We all know it takes three weeks of daily repetition to form a habit, so my success may not surprise you. What surprised me was why I ultimately met my goal.

It turned out that nothing about my success was about the physical aspects of daily exercise!

When I retired a few years ago, somehow that translated into retiring from regular fitness activity. Retirement meant I could rejoice in not having to do anything. No expectations. No shoulds. Just do what I want to do, every minute of every day.

We’re constantly told we “should” exercise—30 minutes daily, or 3x/week, or 10,000 steps a day, or blahblahblah.

Yes, but I also have a lifetime resolution to eliminate “shoulds” (and “yes-but” sentences J). My attitude toward exercise had become resistance-based because of all the “should” advice. I’d given myself permission to avoid it. Hey, I’m in charge of my own body, right?

But now, a few years later, my body has begun to show the deterioration symptoms of being ruled by my retired, lazy butt. I needed to put a stop to that. I decided I “should” exercise.

Gradually, this 21-day fitness commitment reminded me that my lazy butt is a mental state, not a state of butt!

First, I realized how easily I’ve been letting anything—whatever—thwart my exercise plans. Any excuse was a good one. Grocery shopping to do? Well then, I certainly can’t fit in that aqua-fit class! Rain? Yay, I don’t have to go for that walk!

By the end of the first week, the long-forgotten physical benefits of exercising began to show up, in spite of my daily resistance. Reminding myself about these benefits had been the whole point of my making this 21-day commitment.

Then one day, with my key motivation still being the obligation to report in to my online exercise buddies, I went to an aqua-fit class eagerly. I had the best class! It was fun! I put out more energy than usual. Magically, I didn’t feel any of the usual achy aftermath. Instead, I was refreshed, energetic, and buzzed all day.

A light bulb went on! My attitude was what had been holding me back from enjoying fitness activity.

My retired self had decided that exercise was an externally-imposed “should” and therefore something to avoid. This headspace had made me feel completely grumpy every time I thought about doing a workout.

There was more I had yet to learn about myself and exercise. Something more spiritual.

Since Louise Hay published You Can Heal Your Life in 1984, I’ve used her ideas about the mind-body connection to help heal my body. Whenever there’s anything untoward going on with my body, I explore possible non-physical causes.

During this 21-day challenge, my sciatic hip pain began telling me to stop all this walking and working out. Louise wrote, “The hip carries the body in perfect balance. Major thrust in moving forward.” Ah-ha! It made sense. My hip was certainly showing its resistance to moving forward into a lifetime of daily exercise.

Rather than cutting back on my workouts, I began saying Louise’s suggested hip affirmation to myself during all exercise: “Hip hip hooray, there is joy in every day!”

I said the affirmation instead of complaining about the pain or giving in to my lazy-butt attitude. It seemed to be speeding up the healing.

The mind and the body are so very connected!

Then, in week two, I hit another wall.

It was the inevitable Lazy Butt’s Last Stand. It was the wall of “What was I thinking?! I really don’t want to do all this exercise.”

I spent all morning sitting at my computer, resisting activity. It certainly hadn’t yet become a habit. My intellectual appreciation of the positive effects of regular exercise hadn’t become any kind of emotional or physical enthusiasm.

However, I knew I had to report my day’s exercise to the group. So I pulled out one of my mind-manipulation tricks, telling myself, “Go for just a 10-minute walk today.” That gets me going, and then I always end up enjoying the walk and wanting to continue longer. Isn’t it funny how we can fool our own minds over and over again with the same trick?

On that walk, as I chanted “Hip hip hooray, there is joy in every day,” I realized that if I was going to stick with daily fitness, I would absolutely need to put more focus on the benefits to my spirit, joy, energy, mood.

Forget about the body; I needed an attitude workout!

Within a few days, this focus led to my next insight. I began to recognize that the most significant benefit I was getting from this daily workout was not physical. It was the huge improvements to my whole outlook on life!

I felt lighter, happier, more energetic. I wanted to eat better. I was increasingly more creative, inspired, and had begun planning new art-craft projects. I felt more open to making other plans and other new commitments.

I was re-discovering the fitness of Kate’s Inner Self!

Not just my body, but also my mind, mood, emotions, and spirit had switched over to acceptance rather than resistance.

I had let go of the bad energy that comes with resistance.

Suddenly, this commitment was less about daily physical activity and more about truly recognizing how much this daily activity influences and improves everything internal.

My key to success finally became apparent. I was reviving and renewing and re-integrating my Mind! Body! Soul! Joy! Enthusiasm! Energy!

My biggest obstacle? ME!

ME is the person who creates clever excuses, justifications, rationalizations, for not getting off her butt. ME is the person who resents the fact that she has to stay fit to stay healthy. ME is the person who often says, “Just give yourself a break; there’s always tomorrow!” ME is always trying to sabotage my good intentions about physical fitness.

Those 21 days helped me discover my “cure” for the obstacle-called-ME. The cure was to fall back on what I know absolutely works for me—a focus on the more internal, spiritual aspects of self-improvement. I needed to convince myself that I’m not actually doing those physical fitness “shoulds”—I’m using my body to help accomplish a mental, emotional, and spiritual workout.

I need to let my Spirit, my Higher Self, be my physical training coach!

If the mind is in it, the body will follow.

Maybe it’s just a mind game. But it works for me. Whenever I need a boost of energy or spirit, I can use my body to help me get there. And now I’m happy to have a habit of doing this daily, no matter what!

I’m looking in the mirror these days and seeing a more radiant, positive person from all this activity. I’m feeling grateful to myself. Thanks, Kate!

Keeping fit is a true gift to Self. It’s no longer an externally-imposed should.

And you? How’s your mirror looking these days? I’m not talking about size or shape or weight. I’m asking about your radiant, energetic self. Is she or he there, in your mirror?


Author’s note:
I feel complemented that this is another of my articles selected for publication at TinyBuddha.com. Thanks for reading! All comments very welcome. ~ Kate

make fear work for you!


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“With respect to your Big Dream, what allows you to put fear aside and just GO FOR IT?”

I’m honored to be included among a group of 21 people, wonderfully wise women and men, who have written their personal answer to that question. I feel little among the biggies, but I’m a Proud Little, for sure.

Read this amazing collection of shared experiences and advice at Jennifer Boykin‘s Life After Tampons website:

Still Chicken Sh*t? 21 Game-Changers Share How They Make Fear Work for Them

resisting fitness activity? read this! (note to self)


Today is Day 4 of participating in this 21-day fitness challenge.

I’m fully appreciating the main/major benefit I’m getting — the amazing mood lift!

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By the end of Day 2, I noticed that my whole outlook each day is so much improved, lighter, happier, more energetic. I want to eat better, do more. I feel more creative, inspired, planning new art-craft projects, etc. I am absolutely in a better mood all the time.

I’m more open to making other plans, other commitments, even when they’re nothing to do with fitness. (But I guess they are, really — they’re all about fitness-of-Kate’s-inner-self.) Yesterday, I found myself making no less than 3 suggestions to my partner about active things I want to do with him—including 2 fly-fishing classes.

I had an insight yesterday. Many years ago I officially gave up procrastinating, very successfully. Doing so changed my life. Only after giving it up did I realize that procrastination had been taking up an enormous amount of my energy, emotion, resistance, avoidance, you name it. I always had kind of a low-level tension, that something’s-not-done feeling. OK, back to the present…. I absolutely know, intellectually at least, that keeping fit helps one’s mood and spirit. And I’ve felt it, of course, whenever I’ve done something active. But I forget to remember that feeling from one time to the next. I forget that I have that easy route to a lifted mood and brighter energy.

So yesterday, my insight was comparing procrastination to my laziness about fitness. Procrastination was nothing more than avoiding doing stuff I knew had to be done, even stuff I *wanted* to do. My laziness about keeping fit has been very much like procrastination in its effects on me. (Duh—why didn’t I see this before?!)

Making this 21-day commitment has changed the landscape of how I approach all activity, everything I do and think and how I feel during the rest of the day. I guess my mind, emotions, and body all know that it’s inevitable—that I WILL be keeping active, no question, so what’s the point of resisting. As they say, “Resistance is futile.” :cool:

AND I also realized that I will be remaining on this endorphin high for the rest of the challenge. (Yay!)

It’s a done deal, and everything in me has already made the adjustment. Not just my body, but also my mind, mood, emotions, etc. have already switched over to acceptance rather than resistance. So voila! I’ve let go of the bad energy that comes with resistance.

Happy days!