Everything matters!

Good morning!

I am sitting in the car about to enter the gym.  I’ve spent too much time this past month excessively eating and not exercising.   Just as important, I haven’t blogged in awhile or been reading and studying.   Yesterday I finally took action to get back on track.

It’s amazing how once you neglect one part of your goals, the rest seem to fall in line right behind.  I once learned the following lesson from Jim Rohn:

“Everything Matters”

Of course somethings are more important than others, but they all matter.   As you can see, as soon as I decided to let my diet slide, my writing and studying stopped.   My whole life was on pause in the same bullshit, ‘Tomorrow I will get back at it’ phase.  I was able to stay focused on family and work, but I was losing my momentum towards my goals!  

Today that ends.   No more excuses!

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Don’t stall!

Today when I woke up, I spring out of bed and decided I was going to the gym early.   I then proceeded to sit around and catch-up on what I had missed on my cell phone.   After spending about 45 minutes checking my Facebook news feed and other internet news that really didn’t matter, I came up with a whole lot of excuses to skip the gym.  Eventually I told myself to go and I started to change into my gym clothes before my mind could start making excuses to talk me out of it.  I just finished my workout and I feel so much better than I would’ve had I allowed myself to push it off until tomorrow.  And as many of you know, you’ll find a reason to quit tomorrow as well if you let yourself.  

Always remind yourself to immediately take the first step when a good idea hits you.  It creates momentum towards the change you desire. 

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Don’t beat yourself up!

Here’s a thought that I had many years ago that I haven’t shared until now…

Success is like working out.

What is the point of weight training?   How do you build a muscle?  The most simple answer is that you work your muscle until failure over and over again.  Again you work yourself until you can’t do even one more rep, then you take time to recover, then come back even stronger next time.  

So why then are we so hard on ourselves about our failures.  With the right mindset, you can continue to bounce back and learn from your failures and take on the next challenge as a smarter, experienced, and humbler version of yourself.  Don’t waste time beating yourself up.  Acknowledge that you have failed and plan a different approach to be successful next time.  

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Settling in…

It’s been a very busy week of settling in to the new house.  Between unpacking and organizing the house, I haven’t had time for much else.  Weight loss has not been my main priority.  Luckily, after about 2 weeks of neglect to my weight loss plan, I have only gained back 2 pounds.  So I’m still 20 pounds better than where I started.  I am ready to resume the program this week!

I will continue to report on my weight loss throughout my blog as it serves as a tangible measure of how much progress I am making.   Showing pictures to illustrate my progress is powerful and one day will tell the story of how far I have come.   However, I have grown so much personally in the past 3 months that can’t be measured in pounds, inches, etc.   My personal growth has been amazing, and those close to me can’t help but notice the changes. 

In the past, I wouldn’t have had the patience or organization to handle the move effectively.   I would get frustrated and throw some sort of counterproductive adult tantrum whenever I got overwhelmed.   Not this time!  I am proud of how well I was able to stay focused and put systems and organization in place to make life clean and easy.  I was able to laugh throughout the entire process and spend more quality time with the kids.  That progress goes way beyond a number on a scale.  

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Moving Day!

The day has come and we are ready to move into the new house.  Moving is always emotional.  I am very excited for this next chapter in our lives and also for the progress we are making.  It’s still sad to leave the home that my children have grown up in.  I’m ready for a long day of moving and unpacking.   

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims

Newly engaged!

Sometimes things have a funny way of working out!

Only a couple of months after my divorce I was introduced to an incredible woman.  Her name is Kareen.  When I met her, she was going through a divorce as well.   We spoke all night on the phone the first time we spoke and committed to meeting just a few days later.  It just felt right and things moved really fast.  We had our first kiss and I asked her to be my girlfriend all on the first date.  

It wasn’t all smooth sailing.  We had the worry of meeting each other’s children, the stress of 2 divorces, and learned to adapt to living together.   Luckily, I feel just as strong that she is the one for me as i felt in the beggining. 

This past Monday, I decided it was time to take the relationship to the next level.  We went to the new house to show the kids for the first time.  My daughter violet snuck away and locked herself in the bathroom.  I asked her to write ‘Will you Marry Me? on the bathroom mirror.   She was more creative and did an amazing job.  She added the touch of screaming that she saw a spider to make Kareen run to her. 

Kareen was confused when she got to the bathroom. Violet smiled and pointed to the mirror.   I played our song and when Kareen turned around, I dropped to my knee and asked her to marry me.  The rest, as they say, is history!  She is just as proud to be the future Mrs. Sims!!

Never stop believing in yourself!  Talk to you tomorrow 🙂

-Dan Sims