DB doin’ dips
This is Dr Barbara, aka DB. DB is my chiropractor and I am her trainer. DB has been snapping my bones back into place for years but it wasn’t until this last February that DB finally succumb to my magical ways and came out for a sweat with me.
At first DB and I worked out just one day a week at 9:30 in the morning. We would meet at a park on the top of a hill. Each day I watched as DB dragged her fleece clad body up the hill seeming to dread what she was about to endure.
Aside from the initial dragging up the hill, DB was always excited to workout and happy once she started moving. DB especially likes to get competitive, often with me and even herself. It’s fun to watch and to participate in (especially when she tries to sprint me).
Now, DB and I work out two days a week and she even manages to get herself to our workouts by 8:15 am! Just the other day DB informed me that she felt as though there had been a “paradigm shift.” She confess that until recently she really didn’t like working out but now… something had changed. “I really look forward to working out” she said. Frankly, when DB said this I was happy to hear it, but focused on keeping her moving before she changed her mind.
While DB has always been very appreciative of me and often sends me new clients, I was especially touched by a text message she sent the other day.
“Hey Kelley. Just wanted to tell you that you rock!!! I really appreciate your encouragement and support and positive attitude. This paradigm shift in me is amazing and I totally attribute it to you!!!! So thank you!!!! You’re the best!”
Ah… shucks DB!
Here’s a thought, let’s try to have a positive attitude today. All I’m asking is that you pay attention to your thoughts and listen to your inner dialogue. When someone says something, or something happens, does your mind go directly to a negative place? Do you generally find something wrong with everything that crosses your path? Do you say to yourself, “I could never do that,” “It’s too much trouble” or “That wasn’t very good?”
We’ve all heard that a positive attitude helps us live longer and happier. Apparently it even helps us sleep better. It’s because if you’re positive you’re less stressed, your hormones (stress affects your hormones) are better regulated and so you’re able to sleep. Which in turn circles back to your stress level and of course, your overall health and quality of life. Another theory is; you get what you think about, if you think negative thoughts, you’ll draw negative things to you. Think good things and good things will come. I believe this without a shadow of a doubt.
Today is Sunday, we’re supposed to be having our “Indian Summer” weather here in San Francisco but we’ve only had a few days of “summer” this year. It’s easy to be mad and negative about this silly situation. This afternoon I spoke with two of my friends; one was pissed about the weather and griped my ear off about how it’s so expensive to live here and it’s not fair that the weather sucks (like SF has a say in the weather). My other friend told me about a “rainy hike” she took with her family; they playfully ran through wet leaves, jumped over fallen trees and spied a massive nest of ladybugs. Zillions and zillions of happy little ladybugs. I dare you to find something negative in such a magical site.
I am not asking you to start acting crazy and only say and think nice things. I just want you to listen to yourself. Just listen and make a note of what you hear.