Five Pillars of Mindful Eating


  • FoDWER???

    Yes, FoDWER.  A made up word that reminds me to stay on point.  It is pronounced as fod as in pod and wer as in fur.

    Let me back up a moment, first.  I like to run intervals on my treadmill as one of my workouts.  The trouble is I have difficulty keeping track in my mind when to switch my pace.  In other words, math and running do not combine well with me.  So I came up with a way to keep track of the timing of my interval switches.  An added benefit to this method is that, on the days running is hard for me, this method keeps me on point with my running goal for the day.  Otherwise, I can easily talk myself out of the full workout. 

    Here’s a picture of my madness—oops--method.  It may look like a mess to you but I know what it means and it works for me.  It’s a little life hack that keeps me from having to do mathematical calculations while running. 

    Sharing this picture is a lesson in itself.  The picture isn’t a magnificent photograph; yet, it’s good enough to get the point across.  Also, you can see that I had to make some manual adjustments to some of the pieces.  My abstract vision and the actual execution didn’t quite match.  So, it was good enough just to get a pen out and make the corrections.  For those of you who are like me and have a perfectionist gene that can be a difficult thing to do.  ESPECIALLY, when I intended to share the photo.  Good enough won this day!

    Now, back to FoDWER.  When I’m running a challenging pace, I sometimes doubt my resolve in meeting some far off goal.  As you can see in the picture, my chart is actually set up for up to five miles of intervals.  However, I’m certainly not there right now.  Look in the middle of the picture and you can see where my goal was for today.  My little life hack serves two purpose: 1) my far far away in another galaxy goal and 2) my today goal to which I give 100% of my attention when I am running.  The another galaxy goal is just a quiet reminder of where I am headed; possibly with TIE Starfighters hot on my tail.  In other words, the chart keeps me focused on my workout goal.  Fo = focus.

    Focus on each interval switch until I meet the workout goal, reminds me to Do the Work.  WD = do the work.

    If I Focus and Do the Work, the ultimate End Result is achievable.  ER = end result.

    FoDWER, FoDWER, FoDWER has a nice rhythm and keeps me chugging along like the little train that could when I am running.  Much easier than focus do the work end result, focus do the work end result, focus do the work end result or focus work result, focus work result, focus work result.  They could work but they are just a little clunky.

    The moral of this post:  set a goal, break it down into smaller parts, and find little life hacks that help you stay on point.  And, don’t forget to enjoy the journey!

    Join me in FoDWERing our way to our 2019 goals. 

    Until next time  . . .

    Live an inspired life!



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