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  • Debbie Baisden

A Story About My Son

I love being able to work from home. I can grab coffee and lunch quickly. I can watch TV in the middle of the day if I want. I can enjoy my dogs beside me as I blast techno music. Today, as I clicked away on the keyboard for hourssss, my firstborn was in the home office with me and, to be honest, I needed some space.

I said, "Hey, why don't you go downstairs and workout in the basement?" We have a giant mirror and tons of weights and such. Long story shorter, he said, "Nah, it doesn't really work." Oh, blessed teenager, do tell. "Exercise didn't work for you, is that what you're saying?" He proceeds to tell me that he worked out for a "couple weeks" but never got sore or muscular. I stopped everything I was doing and said, "You gave it 2 weeks and that's it?! Two weeks is the blink of an eye, man. That's not enough time. And I'm not sure those 2 weeks involved substantial workouts either. Oh and by the way, soreness is random so that's irrelevant." I love this child and I know he's so much like me. Like all of us. We want results YESTERDAY. How cool would it be if we could eat a salad and drop a pant size, yes? Wouldn't it be amazing to finish a 20 minute workout and have our bat wing arms tight and toned? Being healthy / fit / trim / lean / strong -- it's a game of patience. That part kind of sucks, I know. Two weeks of good choices does count, but 21 days does NOT make a habit. We have to be consistent and patient, trusting the process. In case you are feeling frustrated that your healthy choices aren't working, hang in there. Results will come, but they will always seem tardy. You're doing a great job, so stay the course and take it one day at a time. Do not give up! Do not buy into the "all or nothing" formula for failure!!!!

  • Do 2-4 workouts a week. Repeat.

  • Eat a bunch of plants and protein. Repeat.

  • Drink water. Repeat.

  • Get sleep. Repeat.

  • Eat a handful of M&M's like I did before typing this email to you.

You can do hard things. Your disciplines can become second-nature habits that bring you all the successful results you crave. I'm cheering for you from the sidelines! If you're feeling stuck or like you're wandering aimlessly with food or fitness, let's talk. I'd love to chat on the phone or message with you about turning your frustrations into victories! Just email me!


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