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  1. running…i had decided this morning to start again, and then i found your article!! lol! i guess that’s a sign? i started in january, and i have tapered it off, always giving the excuse that i have too much work (which, in my defense, is true…i’m a work at home mom who runs her own business) but i realized how my eating habits have declined since reducing my running, and how i feel achey again, after sitting for too long…running, here i come!! thanks for the kick in the pants!

    • Courtney Carver

      Yippee Cherie! You will probably find that breaking away for 30-60 minutes to run will help you be more productive when you get back to work.

  2. My yoga practice! I keep telling myself I will start a practice and I will do it 2 days a week, but then I don’t.

    I did find a class on Tuesdays about a month ago so in my mind I can’t get out of it (I try to make excuses though). So I am at 1 day a week and I want to move it to 2 days a week. I have a room that I call my yoga room, I should start using it!

    • Courtney Carver

      Kourtney, I know this sounds crazy, but just commit to sitting in your yoga room for 5 minutes every day for the first week. It will help you to establish the habit of going there. The next week, maybe it’s 5 minutes of simple sun salutations or your favorite balance poses. Keep me posted!

  3. Nicola

    I’m going to commit to getting my bmi from the obese class 1 category to the overweight category. Its only 4 pounds but I think its an achievable goal to start with.

  4. Becky F

    Thought you’d like to know that your article came on a day I really needed to here this because I’m faced with rebooting my career. Again. Every word resonated with me and pulled me from the downward spiral I was in. Thank you.

  5. Laura

    I got off track. I was walking every day. I am going to start back up and do that again. I am trying to get my breath back so I can do yoga again.

  6. I will start my simplification coaching practice again. I’ve had my website for a couple of years however have not pursued anything after that. This is the year that I get clear and focus on what comes naturally to me. Cheers! :)

  7. Michelle

    Great post. I’ve done P90X and it feels like I gain muscle but don’t lose any fat (I’m at my ideal weight to begin with but would like to be in better shape). Do you find you have that same experience at the beginning of the program?

    • Courtney Carver

      Hi Michelle, The only big change I notice in the first 3 weeks is sore muscles and deeper sleep. ;) Next comes defined muscles which must be a combination of building muscle and losing fat.

      • Michelle

        Hmmm, maybe I’m doing something wrong. I had committed to getting back into the P90X routine last month but became frustrated when I started feeling like my clothes were fitting tighter. I think I’ll commit to working out and eating healthy,but not necessarily P90X. Then, I’ll be more likely to stick with it!

  8. Writing – I’m committing to what I love most, what I often leave for last and then don’t end up doing. I’m committing. Thanks Courtney — let’s bring it!

    • Courtney Carver

      Let’s bring it! I often think of you when I’m hanging out with Tony. Katie – your writing is so beautiful and moving. I can’t wait to see what you are working on.

  9. Hi! This is a good and timely post for me. My reboot thing is to set goals that are specific or measurable. Instead of “work out more” my goal is to create an easy 20 minute routine to do 3x a week that I can acheive and remember, lol. (Though it seems I need to get myself an xbox!) Another example: I always set a goal of spending more time doing constructive/creative things with my boys. Again, very vague. So this month’s goal is to do a little baseball/soccer with them 3x a week, and to visit a museum this month.

  10. jen

    I read your article just after an e-mail from my boss about my poor phone communication skills. I avoid the phone like the plague. I don’t answer it when customers call. I don’t return messages or voicemails. I am afraid of confrontation, so rather than answer the phone, I create more of a mess by being non-responsive to my customers.

    If anything, I think that this article might be a sign to me to start over. I need to kick this habit because it causes me a lot of stress and puts me on bad terms at work. I need a reboot of my attitude towards confrontation (real or imagined).

    My goal is to answer the phone once a day and see how that goes. Wish me luck!

    • Courtney Carver

      Good luck Jen! Practice will really help with this skill. Try making some outgoing calls as well. You could call local museums and ask them about their upcoming events. Have a list of questions to ask. When you are working, just aim to help someone every time you answer the phone. If you can turn the focus to your customers, and away from you, it will help you engage without feeling nervous.

  11. Hi there! I really like your advice on starting over it’s rung very true to me. Although it’s not Spring down here in South Africa the message is still valid. I’ve been starting over many things this year and have been really enjoying it. I’ve tried blogging before but could never settle on the myriad things to write on so I started over just after the ‘Spring/Autumn’ equinox on March 21st. My commitment is to write and write and write and create a space for the lifestyle I live: simple, slow, green, healthy, atheist and happy.

    Keep up on the exercise! It’s been my favorite change this year to try and learn Muay Thai which is a type of Thai kickboxing, in doing that and going a group/dojo there’s been a kind of comraderie and peer expectation thats helped me exercise when I least want to. I’ve never heard of the P90X but I have slowly been working up from 3X/week up to now about 6X/week and now that my neural networks are changing exercising everyday is becoming my default setting!

    • Courtney Carver

      John, Congrats on restarting your blog. I love how nice and clean it is and the content looks great.

  12. Love this, especially on this gorgeous sunny Saturday morning when I feel like I can take on anything.
    I am re-committing to my post-baby crunches. I’ve lost all the baby weight, but everything has kind of… shifted around a bit. My belly is aight, but needs toning. I have time for 200 crunches a day easily. I will do it. And I will look good in my bikini in a few months.

  13. Paula

    Studying… after failing two times to a required test at work, i just felt like giving up and not bother to study nor take the exam again. You have inspired me to study even harder brushing up those chapters that i needed to and focus on the big picture instead of making myself feel like a failure and questioning my intelligence.
    Thank you, Courtney!

  14. whimsygirl

    This its exactly what I to read this morning. Thank you.

  15. Bill M

    AH! Start over. Where? I like your article and now I need to decide where or what to start over. Financial. I think that is the most important at the moment. My music would be another and doing a complete house cleaning and organizing another. Money. We all want more and I need to start that all over; Get out of debt and chop up all the CCs in my CC/CD/Paper chopper.

    Thanks for the post.

  16. I love your blog and read every issue I get. As a result I am becoming an ovo/lacto Vegetarian. I am new so I fall off about once a week. I have cut out cola drinks, nurtasweet, processed foods, and generally paying attention to my health. Starting over every day to undo old habits.

    • Courtney Carver

      Hi Phyllis, Congrats on making amazing changes for better health. Go slow and enjoy the transition! Let me know if I can help.

  17. For me, it’s running and exercising. I had surgery in January and I’m finally back to exercising again. But I’m bigger now. So, I’m starting that over and eating healthy. I will get back in to yoga and just be a better.

    On a side note, yes to the book. I have 4 unfinished books. I just can’t seem to finish them. So, I need to restart.

  18. Your post is incredibly motivatinal. Absolutely amazing post. I will keep your beautiful and smart words in mind when dealing with challenges and changes in my life. So inspirational. Thank you soooo much :-)

  19. Belinda

    Hello from Australia! It’s Autumn here now but Easter has still had me thinking about rebirth.

    Your post was perfect for me this morning! Since January I’ve slowly formed the habit of going to a weekly pilates class which I just love. I’ve been worrying for a few days because I’ll be having gall bladder surgery soon and I’m afraid that I’ll get out of the habit after all the recovery time.

    I’ve really tried to ditch the all or nothing mentality this year – I just hope I can pick up where I left off once I’m recovered.

  20. eva

    I just filed for 1-year extension for my master’s degree. I have struggled to write my thesis with no success and it has me feeling very worthless about myself as an academic and a person. I am done with my coursework…this is what’s left.

    This summer I am going to start over. I am going to look for new literature, I am going to take new notes, I am going to look at my topic from a different angle. Or maybe I will try a different topic! I know I can do a good project if I believe in myself.

  21. Exercising again & breaking past the two week mark this time!

  22. ettaz

    I needed this. Have just this morning decided to quit drinking my usual 8 mugs of instant coffee with lots of sugar, and to start walking again.

  23. Great post! Thanks for this, a timely reminder :)

  24. Courtney Carver

    It’s been 30 days! Are you still committed to starting over?

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