Jumping into a Healthy Lifestyle


Down by the river, down by the sea,
Mary ate a cookie and blamed it on me.
I told ma, ma told pa,
Mary got a spanking so ha! ha! ha!

Remember jumping rope? Oh, it was cool standing in line with all your little friends waiting your turn to jump in. When you were good enough to jump two people and two ropes at a time, well, that was the bomb.

When it was my turn to jump in I had a whole series of moves I had to get workin’. First, I had to get my body moving in rhythm with the rope. Next, the hands had to get in the picture, mirroring the rope going round and round in circles. Then watch for the opening, the opening, an opening, there it is…and I’m in!

As a chronic dieter, over the years I’ve often felt like beginning a new eating plan (even a healthy one), was kinda like jumping rope – waiting for everything to be perfect. I was always looking for just the right opening and then I’d be ready to jump in. The problem is, waiting for that perfect window of opportunity may leave you watching that rope go round and round for months, even years and before you know it it’s your whole life. At some point you just have to start jumpin’!

Before you begin on any life changing journey you might want to start by setting a few goals that are right for you. Think about what you want to change and why, and what steps you can take to reach your goals. The changes don’t have to be big. Nothing has to be perfect – it never is. Just grab your tennis shoes and take a walk around the block.

Even small steps can make a difference in your health and before you know it, guess what? You’re in! You’re jumpin’ rope.

Down by the river, down by the sea,
Mary ate a cookie and blamed it on me…

3 responses to “Jumping into a Healthy Lifestyle”

  1. Kathy says:

    I think this is true for so many of us! I know that I’m a pefectionist and I tend to see things in black and white, so it’s all or nothing—jogging to get ready to run a marathon, or sitting on the couch. There IS such a thing as just taking a nice long walk!

    My work sent me to a motivational seminar once, and the speaker urged everyone not to think so much about “ready, set, GO” but to think in terms of “ready, GO, set” — in other words, don’t spend so much time waiting for the everything to be perfect before you begin something; just jump in (GO) and then you can make adjustments (set) as needed.

    When I’m in my twilight years, if I’m asked what I spent my life doing, I don’t want the answer to be “planning.”

  2. Cindy says:

    Thanks for visiting the blog, Kathy. I would love to get more information about the theory you spoke about. Ready, GO, set. Funny enough, I know exactly what you’re talking about. I believe the fella (think it’s a fella), whose concept this is, has a website and wrote a book, video, etc. I was searching on the internet many months ago for information on motiviation and I ran across his website. I actually put it in my favorites and then my computer hard drive went kaput and that was that. I really liked what he had to say. His advice really resonated with me on a personal level. Today’s post was just another whisper to myself. As is very often the case with my posts on this blog. 😉

  3. Kathy says:

    Cindy, I have forgotten the guy’s name, and I probably threw away my notes from the seminar long ago. Sorry!

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