Baker Street

Winding your way down on Baker Street
Light in your head and dead on your feet
Well, another crazy day
You’ll drink the night away
And forget about everything

From the first soaring notes, I’m into it.

I have loved this song since I first heard it back in high school. What captured me back then was the music. I mean, I definitely knew all the lyrics but I didn’t give much thought to them. But recently I sought this song out in my iTunes library. It had been awhile since I heard it, and like I am with ice cream, after awhile you just feel so compelled to experience it again, to scratch that itch.

I listened to Baker Street and allowed all the feel-good memories and emotions wash over me. But this time, I heard the lyrics in a different way, and that lead me down a rabbit trail of thought. While the music in this gem is fantastic, the lyrics are really a downer:

He’s got this dream about buying some land
He’s gonna give up the booze and the one-night stands
And then he’ll settle down
In some quiet little town
And forget about everything

And that made me think of all of the well-meaning people who do this.
They make very definitive plans and goals. They declare to their partners and friends that it’s time, they’re going to make that change. Sometimes it happens, but most of the time, we stall. Maybe it’s a Monday morning diet (like Monday needs anymore bad publicity!). You get all of your fruits and vegetables, your lean meats and whole grains. You research recipes. You fill your gym bag with all the clothes, shoes and water bottle. Monday comes and it’s dynamite! You are full-on into this. Look at you eating so well! Not giving into your mid-afternoon candy bar. Go you! This lasts for a few days, but then you turn the corner, walk into the office kitchen and see the box of beautiful, velvety frosting cupcakes. Well, cripes. Didn’t see that coming. You stand over the box and work on your resolve. Some twenty-something with kick-ass metabolism walks in and immediately begins urging you to try one, as he shoves half of a cupcake into his pie-hole and exclaims, “OMG this is amazing! Have one! YOLO!” This is when it gets hard.

Or when you had a day full of disasters – a call about your child acting up in school, the need for $500 in car repair, a nagging persistent headache You walk into the grocery store and all you can think about is crunchy, salty nachos with mounds of gooey cheese and guac. You know that would make you feel immediately better and suddenly you’re walking to your car with a giant Tostitos bag peeking out of the top.

Change is a real mother.

It’s much easier to float back to comfortable ways, the foods you love, the TV shows. People should just love you for who you are, right? Yes, they should. But I’m more concerned about YOU loving YOU.

When you decide to make these changes, the most important thing you must do is determine what your WHY is. Why do you want to be a size 8? Be honest, is it purely for vanity’s sake? Why do you want to start a consistent running schedule? Is it to feel much better, or do you want something to post onto your Instagram feed? “Got 5 miles in before breakfast! #killinit.”

Are these valid, real reasons? Let’s look at this a bit deeper. What if you thought long term?

Let me share my “why” regarding my commitment to my consistent workout and healthy eating routine:

I like how I feel both at the end of a workout and also ongoing. I feel accomplished, confident, satisfied and to be totally honest, a bit superior. Now I do get some aches and pains, but that’s part of it. My core is stronger which is going to do fantastic things for my health as I age.

I want to be as healthy as I can be for my young-adult sons. I want to model to them that this is how to do life. If I live the trans-fat garbage in, garbage out life and couch surf all night, I’m likely to become disease-ridden in some way, shape, or form. Since I am single, I don’t want my kids to have to worry about how to help me, how to care for me. If I invest in my health now, it increases the odds of me staying fit and healthy. I consider that a real gift for my sons.

I can’t wait to meet my yet-to-be-born grandchildren one day. I want to be super active with them. I want to see them meet life’s milestones, and I don’t want to do it from the park bench, I want to be running around with them.

Truth be told, I also like fitting into a cute dress or skinny jeans. I like that my weight doesn’t fluctuate much because I’ve learned how to eat consistently enough in a manner that serves me. I’ve learning – and will keep on learning for certain – how to not feed my emotions, but rather, deal with them by journaling, walking, or venting to my best friend. All of this adds up! Most of our success comes from many small decisions and actions that over time, build up into an incredible succession of changes and benefits.

Another year and then you’ll be happy
Just one more year and then you’ll be happy
But you’re crying, you’re crying now

This is the other thing, friend. We have got to stop putting off change.

Not one single human on this planet is guaranteed tomorrow. Now is all we have for certain. Stop saying you’re going to improve your life “when the kids go back to school,” or “when I switch jobs.” NO! Start now, start today, start exactly where you are in this present moment.

Commit to loving yourself more by making a couple small but impactful changes. YOU are worth it. Do it now, and do it for YOU.

Please hit reply and tell me what one or two small changes you are going to commit to doing for yourself RIGHT NOW ☺

I’ll start – I’m going to go to the chiropractor to figure out how to help my lower back pain so I can do proper chataurangas in yoga class. I’m also going to drink a big-ass glass of water right this minute.

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