The last few weeks have found us both in a place of stress, loss, sorrow, fear and anxiety.
Mack's mom passed away on Mother's Day she fought a good fight for the past few years, she was a very strong woman who endured a lot of pain in her life but always had a smile and made sure she gave you a good laugh. We miss her so much!
Mack's client Jerry who inspired him to learn how to work with Parkinson's patients passed away on May 25th. Jerry had a strong will and loved working out with Mack. They were a very unlikely pair. Jerry and his wife Vicki had never interacted so closely with a black man. Jerry, Vicki and Mack learned to love one another despite their skin color.
The pandemic stopped us in our tracks as we had planned to be on the road in our RV by now. It's just been a lot on us but... we are making our way the best we know how.
We have not been true to our usual routine but we haven't drifted too far from it either. It has not been easy to stay our usual course because it's not a usual times for us.
What we have been able to do is recognize where we have fallen off and evaluated how it has affected our weight, mindset, happiness and overall lifestyle. We determined we didn't like what was happening, we don't like how it all made us feel and we don't like the affects it has had on our mental and physical health.
What has allowed us to recognize our behavior and make a change before things spiral out of control is self-discipline.
Self-discipline includes being aware of temptations or obstacles you may face and knowing how you will avoid or overcome them. For example, if you want to eat better, don't bring unhealthy foods into your home. If you need to write a paper, go directly to your desk and write it before making other plans.
If you struggle with self-discipline, it can help to have an accountability partner. If you have a friend or family member who knows your goals and understands your struggle, ask them to help while you create these new habits. You might even find a partner who has similar goals that you can work with. If you feel you are alone you, are not... we are here for you just reach out.
Mastering self-discipline simply means that you do what needs to be done to reach your goals, even when you don't want to. The easiest way to do this is to create SMART goals that allow you to develop a step-by-step plan of how you are going to reach them. Once that's done, you simply need to take action on that plan. Before you know it, you'll have more self-discipline and a lot more happiness.
We developed a plan of action for moving forward with our RV adventure and are taking steps to get our tow vehicle and made reservations for our first outing close to home for our test run.
In trying times allow yourself to feel the emotion of it all it's okay it really is. We just ask that you don't stay in the space so long that your mental and physical health become at risk. If you need help we are here for you.
We love you and thank you for being in our life!
Kirsten and Mack