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  • “Don’t look at the wall. Your car goes where your eyes go.”

    Mario Andretti

    On a recent Saturday evening, I met a woman at a party who sent the following letter to me the next day.

    carHi Laura,

    My name is Ann. I met you at the party last night; we were sitting at the same table. I just wanted to thank you again for your book, Commit To Get Fit.

    I’ve read most of it already and really enjoy it. I hope to finish reading it by this evening.

    I also spent some time reading the articles on your website today.

    You say that it takes 5 weeks, 35 days to make a healthy diet and fitness a habit. Well Laura, today is day one!

    LAURA: Congratulations, Girl! This is exactly what it takes, one-day-at-a-time determination, a good diet, and daily cardio walking. As long as you can walk, you can go anywhere.

    ANN: As soon as I send you this e mail, I’ve got my walking shoes on and I’m off to walk around a lake by our house.

    LAURA: GREAT! The real key here is to walk every single day, no matter what. If you can’t walk first thing in the AM, grab some steps at lunch or leave the dishes and squeeze some in with the family after dinner. We all know every standard tried and true trick to wedge walking in where we can. Park far away. Take the stairs. Blah. Blah. Blah. But, you have to carve out real walking time for yourself, and make it fit your schedule.

    I know you’re a mom; I know you’re a wife. I also know you’re a “You.” And now that “You” needs taking care of. You must make time for YOU every single day.

    Get a step counter and keep a daily record of how far you walk. I love to track my progress and the inspiration and motivation this gives me is terrific.

    I logged nine miles the other day. You don’t think that motivates me?

    ANN: I’m really glad I got to talk to you about this last night.

    LAURA: So am I. As soon as I laid eyes on you, I knew you were ready. You’ll set a great example for your husband, too. He could use a bit of reduction around his “Equator.” But I’m just sayin’. . .

    ANN: I just have to do this whether I have my head together or not.

    LAURA: Daily walking will help you get your head together.

    Just think about all the time-wasting, unproductive things you do in a day and use that time to walk. Once you get it down to a routine, you’ll feel like you’re flying by the time you finish.

    And, your head will come together faster than you can blink.

    ANN: I’m so tired of being over weight . . .

    LAURA: So was I. I was simply tired of hauling myself around.

    ANN: I figure I can do anything for 35 days. And by then it should be something I feel I want to do…

    LAURA: You can SO do this. Thirty-five days is a piece of pie. Let nothing stand in your way – not even Sunday mornings. Get out and do it – just because you can.

    And it’s not always easy. Some days I have one heck of a time getting out that door for my walk. But before you know it, you’re into it, and after you finish, you’ll be so glad you didn’t blow it off because you’ll feel fabulous, like you can take on the world!

    ANN: Thanks and have a great week!

    Sincerely, Ann

    LAURA: You, too! And remember – tomorrow is Day 2. The day after is Day 3 and before you even know it – it’ll be your 35th day. Then you’ve got it made – if you want to. It’s strictly up to you.

    It’s true, your mind goes where your attention is focused. Ask Mario Andretti.

    Stop looking at the wall, the fridge, the food you know you should not be eating – if you want to shed your unhealthy, unwanted weight once and for all . . .

    All the best on your health and fitness quest!