Sunday, July 11, 2010

Can't do it?

Last week, two times in two days I told someone I can't do something.

One time it was with my trainer. She had me on the exercise equipment (don't know the name yet) where you stand and lean back, then you are on your forearms and you lift your legs up and kind of do stomach crunches. To me it looks like a torture device, anyway here I am trying to do it. My arms and stomach were hurting so bad! I did about 20 of them and told her I could not keep going. I told her, "I can't do it!"

Then the next day, I was at the pool during my water aerobics class. We were doing some sort of stretching in the pool and again I said, "I can't do it!"

After the last time, I realized I say that phrase a lot!

The reality in most cases, for me, is I really can do it. Maybe not completely or perfectly, but I can at least try!

I have decided that every time I say the word "Can't", I am going to donate $5 to the Oregon Food Bank. I already owe them at least $10.

I love to give money away, but not to the detriment of myself. I have motivation to not say that word because I don't want to short change myself. I really want to be an achiever, not someone who can't or won't or won't even try!! I want more for myself!

So I'm hoping that I don't have to donate more than $10 to the Oregon Food Bank for this reason. I will do it for healthier reasons!!! When I accomplish my goal, I will donate $5 for every pound lost! Now that's motivation!!!!

When I was at my dance class on Friday, they had a sign that said, "You are limitless". I have felt that way a lot in my life, but I choose the word can't and then I don't even try.

I am choosing to think that I am limitless ~ How about you?



  1. Way to recognize that defeating thought and to work on changing it!! That is such a huge NSV!!! When I'm doing something and I think I can't do it, I just keep saying to myself "I can do hard things, I can do hard things". It's REALLy (cheesy, I know) helped me!

    "Whether you think you can or you can't, either way, you're right" ~ Henry Ford

  2. 1st of all - awesome new saying. I love it!!!

    2nd - I remember being almost 300 pounds and trying that stuff on the ball. I had no balance, I could not have done 20. My belly was so big and in my way. So big props to you for being able to do 20. Just push yourself to do 5 more next time. You will be surprised how fast you can build yourself up.

    3rd - I used to say I can't all the time. But then I would try it until I could do it. And perfect it. I turned it into a challenge to myself. Now I love to try hard things. Your mind set will change. Baby steps.