Today Is The Day

Karen Lamb

Do you ever wake up with a start and think… today is the day.

Or do you stick with the… why-do-it-today-when-I can-put-it-off-until-tomorrow approach?

The day to get the diet and fitness under control… practice all those healthy options that you think about… rid the diary of excuses and really commit to a healthy lifestyle program.

It’s always easier to talk healthy than act healthy.

I am full of excuses… my number one being travel. Back and forwards to here, there and everywhere does weaken the resolve… jet lag and tiredness seem to enhance my cravings and force me to abandon resolve…

Spending many months of the year in France is another good excuse. France and I get along very well, too well… she seduces with her fine wine and dining… and I for one have not resisted as I should…

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And then… there is always tomorrow. I will commence the regime on Monday, on Tuesday, on Wednesday… After Christmas, before Easter… It’s my birthday…  Am I making sense to you? Sound familiar at all?

There is always a reason to celebrate… and the way we celebrate is by eating and drinking… with friends and with family. I’m all for this… What is better than a long, lazy Sunday lunch… or a delicious dinner over candlelight in ambient surroundings… Nothing… Except… I can’t always resist the temptation to over indulge…

I need to have the Sunday lunch… the fine company and skip some of the finer wine… and maybejust maybe… the desert.

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It’s all about balance… Right? Équilibre as they say in France.

I’ve never been fond of moderation. That’s my problem… I tend to go overboard or not at all… The all or nothing syndrome. Which is excellent when it comes to doing your best… not so excellent when it involves sweet temptations…

Now I’m changing my tune… moderation will be my mojo.

Spring is springing and pastels are calling… Burying the black and shedding the layers is a frightening thought… those winter woolies that hide a multitude are so comforting… But…

Preparation is key… and timing is everything.

Today is the day.

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Where am I going with this?

I woke up this morning and decided that enough is enough.

No more talk, no more thinking… no more putting the inevitable off…

Self-discipline will be my friend and sugar will have to find a new playmate… as for exercise… we’ll just have to work on our relationship.


Let’s chat… Is reigning in or changing your lifestyle something on this year’s agenda? xv


Today’s The Day

The Bodydoctor

This philosophy worked for me before… a simple, easy to achieve and practical approach to diet.

David Marshall knows all there is to know about health, fitness and loosing weight the right way.

I’m re-reading and following his wisdom as from today.



51 Responses to “Today Is The Day”

  1. I cannot believe the timing of your post!!!! I have a 7:30 appt this morning with a trainer…ugh for the dreaded “e word”…exercise:) I too have put it off for way way too long and pretty sleeveless tops are not too far away and I need to get myself back in shape so today IS the day!! Good luck.

  2. Holly says:

    OK, game on. Thank you for the motivational reminder. I slipped from the wagon since the first of the year and this is my reminder to get back on board. The Bodydoctor book is on order and I will be reformed … Again!

    • Vicki says:

      Holly… you and me both… I will see David Marshall tomorrow and I am going to ask him for any other recommendations… I tried his way a year ago and the results were astounding… so back I go…

  3. I’m in the same boat. Suddenly (or that’s what I’m telling myself), my clothes are much tighter and my figure doesn’t look the way it did six months ago. My sweet husband tells me I look great, but I’ve crossed my line in the weight department. I had a delicious, but heavy meal out on Saturday night and regretted my lack of discipline on Sunday. Yesterday, I became determined to cut out sweets and heavy foods and focus instead on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and more walking (and ramping-up the tennis). This is a timely post, so thank you. Just a suggestion, but perhaps a weekly post might help your readers who want to improve their / our diets? Please know that I’m not looking to cast you as the French version of Weight Watchers, however!


    • Vicki says:

      It’s a great idea Deborah… I’ll mention it somewhere every week or so and we can all chime in with our thoughts… :)

  4. Cathy says:

    Excellent timing on this subject! I was just thinking the same thing as I woke up. I do enjoy exercise- but I don’t have much discipline in the moderation concept. Let’s wish eachother “Bon Chance”! Please keep us posted on your health and fitness progress.

  5. carolanne says:

    totally agree… I quit smoking 2 months ago and now I need to stop eating the fat stuff… this has me thinking I must get started, thanks xxx

  6. Laura says:

    Good food and sweets are always a temptation. Moderation is truly the key. It may not be easy to do in times of stress or with busy schedules, but everything is basically about one’s habit. If we develop a habit, whether balanced or indulgent, that becomes our lifestyle. Exercise is the best way to curb cravings and put things on track. As a long time runner and avid hiker, I can truly say it is the best way to cleanse and realign. Make it a daily habit and the dietary changes will be much easier to achieve.

    • Vicki says:

      Thanks Laura… it’s so true… exercise is the real key and the rest follows…

      • Leslie in Portland, Oregon says:

        That is so true, Laura. My former internist always preached that one should not look to exercise as a way to lose weight, since it doesn’t burn that many calories. What he never understood was that exercise curbs, rather than heightens, cravings. In addition, in my case, by making me feel better about myself (and better all around), exercise alleviates my need to eat in order to feel better. With regular exercise and mindfulness (paying attention to what and how much I am eating, while I am eating), I am far better able to eat only when, and to the extent, I am actually hungry. This has made a huge difference to me.

  7. denise8689 says:

    I VERY MUCH needed to read this today! Thank you. 10 lbs is all I need to be happy with myself and it is DOABLE. I just need to use moderation. Thank you for your words today!

  8. Marta Martin says:

    Oy! YES! This is me every week – wanting to take care of weight that crept on years and years ago. And though the spirit is willing, the flesh is weak. My children are still not sleeping through the night and paired with household duties, its tough to motivate and get going. But yes, perhaps today will be the day. Because why not, yes? Good luck Ms. Archer! And to me too!!!

    • Vicki says:

      Good luck to us all… we just have to commit and go for it!
      I remember the not sleeping through the night years… I don’t think I had a decent sleep for eight years with 3 under 4…. so I understand… it’s all about doing what you have to do to get through… :)

  9. On January 13th my son said “I’m going on Paleo” and I said “let’s do it” and we started that minute. We ran to the grocery store, got all our food supplies and off we went. On one hand it’s easy (meat, fish, vegetables, fruit only… diary or wheat) but on the other hand it’s very hard but it sure does work. Yes, I want to lose the weight I gained last year from quitting another bad habit 2 years ago but it is also a good diet for anyone with auto-immune issues (Carla Coulson and I recently shared our thyroid battles and Paleo immersion) I feel better, lost 14 lbs. in less than a month, and sleep better. Not that I am an angel, multiple birthday celebration for the big 60 this past month interfered a few times but I found I naturally wanted to get back on track. I had a conversation with a friend the other night when we were talking about weight and she felt that maybe we aren’t all meant to be smaller sizes. It is easy to think this if you have struggled with weight issues most of your life but I decided am not buying into that thinking. I think your ideal weight is one where you have ease of movement and lose the self-conscious voice that too many of us carry around in our heads. I know what that weight is for me. I am not even remotely thinking of looking like a 20, 30, 40 or even 50 year old, just to look and feel like a healthy, strong 60 year old. I have found that it has become less about how others perceive me and much more about being healthy and strong so that I can enter the next chapter of my life unencumbered by the weight issues in any way. Fingers crossed that I can get back to my outdoor cycling this month (this was one touch winter on anyones weight!) and strength everything up and lean out. Now…………that was one good rant wasn’t it?
    Perfect blog subject for this time of year Vicki and wishing you the best on your personal goals. You always have such incredible focus in accomplishing your goals so I am looking forward to hearing how you do it. Much love. xx

    • Vicki says:

      Well done Sande,
      It does sound like a fantastic way of eating… and it’s pretty much what I am doing right now…
      Let’s keep each other posted…
      I agree with your philosophy about weight… I want to be at my most comfortable best… and yes… be healthy and energetic… taht’s the most important… whatever our age…

  10. Today is the day for me to lose the weight that has crept on my body + yes! thanks

  11. Sara Whiting says:

    Thank you Ms. Vicky for yet more inspiration! Over the past few months my thoughts have been on cute sleeveless tops, nautical and French stripes, shorts that bare knees, and the dread of it all! Being a woman of a certain age makes it harder to “bounce back.” I have given myself permission to become this unfit, un-toned, and a total underachiever. When I quit smoking 14 months ago the 5 lbs. I gained was fine, when I began hormone replacement therapy the 5 lbs. was tolerable, then the bunion removal surgery was literally the icing on the cake. Another 5lbs. At 51 yrs. old the 137 lbs. I carry around all day seems like much, much more. When you suggested that we try the “Pixie” for what she does for the figure, I ran to get them. The very slim and kind associate took a 4 and 6 to my dressing room, and when she had to return with a 10 my heart sank. I bought yet another oversized shirt to cover the size 10 belly and back side and left Pixie behind. By the time the Body Doctor book arrives I will be ready, more than ready! And hopefully size 4 “Pixie” will still be waiting for me. My goal is to shed 17 lbs. before the sleeveless season, with your help all things are possible.

    • Vicki says:

      Maybe “Pixie” was the motivation you needed to get in the mindset…
      We are all in the same boat Sara… and all in need of motivation … I think we can do it together… :)
      Keep us posted on your progress…

  12. Ivy Lane says:

    Wonderful post as always Vicki. Mid 2013 a friend of mine introduced me to yoga. I have been practicing regularly since and can tell you that it is not like “work”, or the dreaded word “exercise”… It is more about self exploration and man oh man does the body respond. I am turning the big “50” this year and have never been in better shape. I love the Karen Lamb quote that you post today… to me.. it is about what the heck I am doing or not doing in my life career wise.. I must start TODAY! and get a better handle on it!

    • Vicki says:

      Yoga seems to be an excellent form of exercise and a great way to relax… I know I would enjoy it… I just have to find a place I like and try it…

  13. Hallie says:

    Hi Vicki- wow what timing, I’ve been feeling like a whale- or whalee – yes indeed, started early with pre-Christmas chocolates, graduated to pannetone shipped fresh from Italy and wolfed in the mornings with coffee and it’s all still on the hips…I am not going to diet- my brain resists and challenges me to actually eat MORE, what a recalcitrant individual I am, so I will stick to the outside ailes of the market as they say, fruits, veggies, whole grains and add walking to the gym. supposedly we can burn up to 40% of calories if we walk immediately after a meal. Have you ever heard that?

    • Vicki says:

      No… but I know walking is the very best of everything for everything… I walk a lot most days but it’s interrupted… it’s the one hour continuous pound that counts…

  14. Sue M. says:

    I too committed to getting in shape and signed up to start a Barre Bootcamp in our little town of Ripon at the Wellness Center. Wish me luck that I have the endurance and disciplne to get there after work and Saturday mornings … as I’m really out of shape. I’m determined to do it now.:-)

    • Vicki says:

      It will be fabulous… is that exercise on the barre? My girls do barre corps here and swear by it… I haven’t been yet… but it’s in the plan…

  15. Bonny Neiman says:

    This is wonderful! Good luck….you can do it!! It will be hard at times but you will feel great when you stick to it.

    • Vicki says:

      That’s so true Bonnie…. it’s not the beginning when the resolve is strong… it’s a month in when it all slows down a touch…

  16. Holly Holy! Me too. Spring is in the air and the thought of holidays and gardening + wearing bare clothes motivates, doesn’t it?

  17. Kyle says:

    Today’s the day I attack the pile of paper on my desk. Thanks for the inspiration.

  18. Anita Rivera says:

    I so loved this post early this morning, off my tablet while I was waiting for my first French class to begin. I couldn’t comment, but I just adored the way you talked about your relationship to exercise….tehehehehehehehehehhe

    ÉQUILIBRE – bien sûr. Leave it to our French copinautes to always get it right…a little hear, a little there, keeps the waistline little and le joie de vivre LARGE. Enjoy finding that mojo, Vicki! We are in this together! Anita

  19. Katherine says:

    It is that time of year. Just one unflattering picture with the Christmas cookie love handles showing – that will do it. We hide under a winter coat now, but very soon the warm weather will tease us to bare our arms. NOW is the time to get ready.
    Excuse me while I go to hang the photo of shame on my fridge.

  20. Sandy Jones says:

    Vicki: Just ordered David’s book. I NEED some encouragement after slipping off of the wagon after my son’s wedding. I do need to lose 15 lbs to feel better about myself, and I will do it!!!!!! Good luck to you on your quest.

    • Vicki says:

      The “diet” section is excellent as is the training… but I found the eating suggestions worked and wasn’t too hard to maintain…

  21. Judy says:

    It is so interesting to me that we wait for the day that the “This is it” feeling arrives. And when it finally does, it is possible to start the diet or the exercise regime or studying for exams or what ever. But before that happens, it is so much harder to get started and we often fall off the wagon. So thank goodness for “today is the day”.

    Thank you for today’s blog. It really strikes a cord in all of us.

    • Vicki says:

      Resolve and determination is 99% of success… that’s what I believe… and if we want it, we can do it… The mind set is what always gets us over the line… :)

  22. Kimberly says:

    I felt the same way this time last year. I went on the “Living Lean” program with Rob Nevins. I found out I wasn’t eating enough protein. So I increased eating lean protein and every 3rd day is called a load up day. That day you can pretty much eat what you want extra carbs, chocolate, ice cream, etc…. I lost 30 pounds. I have more energy, sleep better, and lost 10% body fat, making my body look lean and toned. I exercise 3 or 4 days a week the same as before I started the diet. My doctor recommend Rob to me because he lost weight doing the same program. It is a lifestyle change.

    • Vicki says:

      I think protein is important… I know that I need to focus on there, too… Congratulations… 30 lbs, that’s very impressive, Kimberly… you must feel fabulous…

  23. P3 says:

    I agree. My trainer told me that exercise helps but it is really the food intake. What she told me about exercise is that it gets you in the right frame of mind about healthy eating and when you fo get down to the weight you want to be, the exercise is now engrained and a part of you life that you continue to exercise. You then exercise to maintain your weight loss. For now I, use a stationary rowing machine and 40 minutes and intervals is really only about 64-70 calories expended. So really, not a big calorie deficit

  24. I am with you Vicki…100%. Let’s do this together! xx

  25. Melissa Hebbard says:

    I totally agree with your quote, but for me, yesterday was the day. I started on a new regime of 5 days eat as you normally would, and 2 days a week,( not back to back,) you eat only 500 calories. This mini fast is meant to improve so many health things such as cholesterol levels, insulin resistance and decrease risk of cancers. Weight loss is just a bonus. It was developed by an English doctor Dr Michael Mosley.
    Several months ago, I also started a morning walk. My husband only has time to walk to our gate (800 meters away) and back which is a 20 minute walk, and I do that if I am pushed for time, but usually I walk 40 minutes to 1 hour before breakfast.
    I have really noticed improvements to my fitness.

    What I like about this 5:2 diet is that you can fit in celebrations, Christmas, Easter and holidays, and eating out. You do these on the 5 days you can eat normally. If that falls on your regular fast day, then do the fast the day before, or better still, the next day.

  26. Clare says:

    This pic is on my pin board & I even posted it on facebook 2 days ago!

    I agree, balance is key and sometimes baby steps are a good way to get into a new routine. “Little by little, one travels far.” I have a vision board for 2014 with all the things I wish to accomplish & I know that I can’t expect to start them all at once. Each day or even each week I start to add something new that I hope to master.

    You can do it!!

    Clare x

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