Posted: January 31, 2012 in Fitness, Goals, Healthy Living, Nutrition

The year was 1980.  The cost of a first class postage stamp was 15 cents…the phrase “Who Shot JR?” was born…CNN is officially launched…the world lost a music legend when John Lennon was shot…and it was the year that the Rubik’s Cube was licensed to be sold by the Ideal Toy Corp.  Ahhhh – the Rubik’s cube!  IMO – one of the most addictive, frustrating, challenging and yet mind numbing at times – brain teaser to hit the scene.  And what a scene it was at 10 years old!  So now you quick math whizzes – probably the same ones that could solve that forsaken thing – have just figured out my age!

Let’s talk about the Rubik’s Cube for a minute…assuming you even remember it!  Can you think back to what it felt like when you first got it?  Did you have that initial thrill of the prospect of being one of the first ones to actually solve it?  Did a little obsession creep in as you couldn’t put the thing down because the determination to finish it got the better of you?  If you did indeed solve it, on your own I might add, how did it feel to overcome what may have seemed like an impossible feat at first?  Or were you like me (time to come clean) who was so focused on the end goal that I lost sight of the whole journey to get there and eventually out of sheer frustration ripped every one of those colored stickers off and put them back on as if I had solved it!  But of course there was no satisfaction, no sense of reward when I did that because I had taken the easy way out – I CHEATED!  Oh it feels so good to finally come clean! And if you are one of the ones that already figured my age, you know how long I have been burying that secret!  I set out to achieve a goal and bailed when the journey got too difficult.

Fast forward to the here and now and let’s take the Rubik’s Cube and apply those same questions/scenario to another very taxing journey:  losing weight/getting fit and healthy.  Many of us set out on a plan to lose weight/get fit and healthy and in the beginning we are determined to do whatever it takes and a little obsession can take over.  Sheer will-power comes into play, but will-power can be fleeting, exhausting and may even leave us down-right depleted.  Then the realization hits us that this journey may not be what we had anticipated at all.  Where does that leave us?  Overwhelmed, frustrated, and defeated to name a few.  So how many of you would do like I did with the Rubik’s cube:  CHEAT – look for the easy way out?!  What sense of accomplishment can that ultimately provide?

When it comes to losing weight/getting fit and healthy it is just like the Rubik’s Cube.  It is going to be challenging and sometimes when you think you are so close to getting it – another hurdle crops up.  You may make a move that you think is the right one and then you realize it wasn’t one that will get you closer to success.  That’s when it’s time to stop, reevaluate, and make a different move. Some people are going to get to the solution sooner than others, but no matter how long it takes the end result is one of pride, elation, and self-accomplishment!

If you take the easy way out, look for constant shortcuts, or cheat when it comes to losing weight/getting fit and healthy, you will find that you are only cheating yourself – your health. 

So if you owned a Rubik’s Cube where is it now?  Long gone?  In a box somewhere forgotten?  Don’t do that with your health.  Don’t give up. Don’t lose sight of you!  If you don’t have your health – what do you really have? 

Gambling with your health is ultimately gambling with your life! 

Think about it!

  1. Alisa says:

    I like the analogy! I knew you had cheated on that puzzle, the stickers were all a mess 😉 XO

  2. ouija board says:

    i love your blog, i have it in my rss reader and always like new things coming up from it.

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