Friends and pets can teach us valuable lessons and I learned a few invaluable ones from my friend and JOOS CFO, Sherri Wolf, and my dog, Windsor, but in different ways, that could lead to permanent weight loss and a more fulfilling life.
Starting with Sherri, she is a very active mother of 3 children and the master of organization and routine. Her filing systems are in place so she knows where to locate documents. Her daily routine is pretty standard: she wakes up and goes for a run, does her volunteer and career work in the mornings, takes care of her children in the afternoon and helps the children with homework at night while she finishes up with her outstanding items for work. She and her family eat 3 healthy meals per day so they don’t over eat. In other words, each day, the over all routine is essentially the same, but her life is so fulfilling because she’s constantly doing differently activities.
From Sherri, I learn the value of maintaining a routine in my daily life and implementing organizational systems.
On to my dog, Windsor, most dogs assume either the alpha or beta role. I watch my other dog, Odie, an alpha dog, become upset when another dog threatens his authority. Windsor, on the other hand, doesn’t care. All he wants to do is play with other dogs. So, when another dog assumes the alpha role, Windsor becomes the beta and when another dog is a beta, Windsor becomes the alpha. As a result, he gets along well with just about any dog.
From Windsor, I learn that his priority, that is, having fun and playing, is paramount and he doesn’t get side tracked with positioning in the dog tribe. As a result, his life is fun and relatively stress-free.
When it comes to losing weight and maintaining our ideal weight, establishing clear priorities, keeping organized and establishing a routine are absolutely essential.
This may sound daunting for many of us, but essential to live a fulfilling life and reduce your stress.
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