Saturday, April 18, 2015

Week 8 Summary

So we've all heard of (and maybe read) "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey.  I keep telling myself that I'm going to read it some day.  ;-)  Maybe this year.  Anyway, I thought I'd look up the habits and see how they can apply to our weight loss journeys.  

So keeping in mind that I haven't read the book, my thoughts on this is all going to based on what the 7 habits are according to a wikipedia article.

Habit 1:  Be Proactive - So how does this apply to our journey to a healthy lifestyle when we all know that we didn't reach the point of doing something until we hit that weight we couldn't stand to see on the scale, or until we reached some point where we just couldn't bear it anymore?  Well, let's look at it this way, we made a decision to change our ways BEFORE they kill us!  ;-)

Habit 2:  Begin with the End in Mind - We need to begin with our goal or we'll never be able to come up with an action plan to get us there!

Habit 3:  Put First Things First - And that's YOU!  It is SO easy to make the excuse to not exercise or not eat right because we have this, that, or the other to do for our kids or our spouse.  But if we don't take care of ourselves, we won't be our 100% Best Self.  And doesn't our family deserve the best "me" we have to offer?!

Habit 4:  Think Win-Win - I'm not sure where to go with this one...the wikipedia article says "Genuine feelings for mutually beneficial solutions or agreements in your relationships."  Let me know what you think about this one.

Habit 5:  Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood - This is about using empathic listening to be influenced by a person and in turn them being influenced by you.  Now I'm sure there is more to it than this, but I'm thinking this has to do with how we can motivate each other and be there for each other.  Talk about what we're going through, our struggles, our successes and know that we understand what each other is going through and be there for one another.  (Maybe that's a was definitely poor grammar!)

Habit 6:  Synergize - "Combine the strengths of people through positive teamwork, so as to achieve goals that no one could have done alone."  I talked a little about this in my last post.  I truly believe that neither Zapamundo nor I could do this alone.  This is definitely journey fueled by teamwork!  He pushes me to go to the gym when I'm not in the mood and we talk about good food choices and work together to come up with good healthy meals!

Habit 7:  Sharpen the Saw - "Balance and renew your resources, energy, and health to create a sustainable, long-term, effective lifestyle. It primarily emphasizes exercise for physical renewal, prayer (meditation, yoga, etc.) and good reading for mental renewal. It also mentions service to society for spiritual renewal."  This is directly from the article and perfectly applies to what we're doing; there is no need for my thoughts on it!  Hmmmm..."good reading for mental renewal"...I guess it's time for me to read this book!

I hope you found something here today that hits home for you.

My week:  Great water intake, good food consumption, decent exercise, and lost almost 2 pounds this week!!  That's under 30 pounds remaining, 8.8 pounds lost in the last 8 weeks, and 19.2 pounds lost in the last 16 months!  Yay me!  Have a great week everybody!

7 Habits of Highly-Effective Dieters
Click on the caption above to read the article that gave me the idea for this post.

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