Dr. Kenney’s Friday 5 Spot
On Fridays I like to share some of the experiences I’ve had during the week with patients and in my personal life that I’ve found significant in some way. I like to share them in hopes that you might find value in them and have something resonate with you in your life.
A common nutritional mistake. I got into a conversation with a patient who began working out a month ago and is frustrated that she hasn’t lost a pound. She has been eating better and when I asked about her nutrition it didn’t sound bad. However, when I asked about what she’d been drinking she told me she just drinks sweet tea all day.
Liquid calories are a common pitfall for many in the quest to become healthier/lose weight/etc. Soda, juices, alcohol and more have considerable amounts of calories from sugar do little help to your body. They can do quite a bit of damage such as weight gain and insulin sensitivity. It is also extremely easy to consume many calories that you may not want or are not aware of in a brief period. Drink water as much as possible and consume the sugary beverages occasionally.
Something I believe. Though we often say we often say we want things to be easy, things are not always going to be easy. If something that is too easy or handed to us, we have no appreciation for it. In sports for example, beating a great opponent is much more gratifying than destroying an inferior one.
When things are not easy, the great ones among us will raise our game. We will problem solve better, become more creative, work harder, work smarter, and try and find better ways of doing things. Success may not come instantly but succeeding when things are hard will create immense pride, satisfaction, and fulfillment; all of which will make us better people. We don’t need to wish hardships onto ourselves but should accept the fact most things in life worth attaining will never be easy, are not meant to be easy, and should never be easy.
A workout I loved. The other day my 12-year-old son and I did a “hill repeat” workout. We went to a hill that was about fifty feet up and steep and we would sprint up, walk down, then sprint up again. We did this fifteen times, and it was an intense workout. I enjoyed the workout itself but particularly enjoyed it because of what I saw in my son.
First, it made me incredibly happy to be reminded that he is someone that can get through challenges without complaining or giving up. Next, once we finished the workout, he was extremely energetic and obviously proud of himself, which was an additional reminder that he values working hard and the feeling that it gives him. Finally, as hard as the workout was, he didn’t see it as anything unexpected. This tells me that he expects challenge and welcomes it. These are all traits I have come to find vital in my own life and I’m thrilled when I see them in young people (especially my own!), because it took me many years and mistakes to learn them myself!
Reminder of an important lesson. For about 6 years I’d been using a company for fax services. It’s not a huge need for my business so I’d pay a small monthly fee to meet my needs in this area and it went fine for 6 years. Recently however, I began to see over-charges, additional fees, and other changes that I’d never seen previously. I called to inquire about this and with no warning to their customers, they drastically changed their pricing structure. My cost was 5 times what it had been though nothing on my end had changed. I called and canceled and refused their offers to “improve my service” with reduced pricing.
The reason I did not want to stay with them wasn’t about the money. Trust is a sacred thing, whether it’s in a business or personal relationship. Trust built over years can disappear in seconds. In this instance, I had built a trust of the company over 6 years and once that was broken I would never feel comfortable dealing with them again. No one is perfect, but we should always strive to behave in a way that builds rather than shatters trust.
Some quotes I love.
“A mistake that makes you humble is better than an achievement that makes you arrogant.”
“The twin killers of success are impatience and greed.” – Jim Rohn
“Doubting yourself is normal. Letting it stop you is a choice.”
“A hard beginning maketh a good ending.” – John Heywood
“Our country was founded by rebels who risked their livelihoods in pursuit of freedom.” – CJ Pearson
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