Today is Groundhog Day, forever immortalized in the 1993 movie as the day of “do overs.” In the movie, Bill Murray’s character gets to relive that one day over and over again. Initially he takes advantage of the situation, but eventually he begins to reexamine his life and priorities. And the movie ends happily ever after.
Two years ago today, I asked readers what, if anything, they’d change if they could go back to the past and do things differently. Last year I asked readers what they’d change on their healthy lifestyle journey if they had could have a “do over.”
But this year, no looking back.
Sure, I wish I’d returned to yoga sooner. Yes, I realize now I should have stopped my elliptical workout when I felt the first twinge in my calf. And I’d listen to my inner voice and put that bucket of biscotti back on the store shelf! Not to mention that there are countless days of overeating that I’d like to roll back and relive, willpower in tact only now, thanks to hindsight. But I’ve either learned from my mistakes or I haven’t.
So, rather than imagine how I could change the past, I’m going to try to change the future!
Who’s with me!?
This year, I’m encouraging us all to look forward. Regardless if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow or not, the reality is that we have six more weeks of winter. (Or summer, for those of you Down Under.) And while they may seemingly drag by as we are living them, if you’re like me, six weeks from now you’ll look back and wonder at how fast time flew! (What happened to January!?)
So, today I propose that you and I consider what we can change going forward, not looking back. For the next six weeks. One thing. Or more, if you want:) It can be related to healthy living or not. It can be something you add or something you stop or something you simply change. Add veggies to your lunch. Pack your lunch for work. Work out more often or longer or harder. Try zumba. Try running. Try new recipes. Write in a gratitude journal. Journal what you eat. Stop eating refined sugar. Stop cursing. Stop saying “I can’t.” Blog more (or less) often. Spend less (or more) time on Twitter. Read more (or less) blogs. Read more books. Find balance in your life. Improve your balance. Balance your budget. Budget your time better. Add timed intervals to your cardio. Start lifting weights. Lift heavier weights. Give up weighing yourself. Give up chocolate. Give up regrets about the past and apply what you’ve learned!
You choose. Six weeks. Commit here or commit on your blog or commit privately to yourself. Whatever. Wherever. However.
Let’s change our past while it’s still our present. And rewrite our future!
Ready? Set. Go!
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