5 Things To Help You Stop Thinking and Start Doing…

A few weeks ago, Art asked if I would do a 21-day cleanse with him. I will admit, I wasn’t excited.

I thought to myself, “I already eat pretty healthy. And 21 days is a really long time to eat like a rabbit. Plus, I don’t want to make a commitment I won’t keep.”

So, I gave him a safe answer, “I’ll think about it.”

And honestly, that’s all I would have done had he not asked me 217 more times.

Have you ever found yourself saying “I’ll think about it” and still found yourself “thinking about it” months later? Me too. But I don’t want 2012 to be another year where I just think about stuff. I want it to be a year where I can say, “I did it! I finally did it!”

So, I agreed. And I thought I might share what I’m learning about motivation.

Here are 5 crucial things you can do to stop just thinking and start actually doing:

1. Success breeds success.

Get around people who are doing that thing you need to do. Art’s persistance pushed me and his commitment inspired me. Hearing him talk about the cleanse, research the cleanse, and then prepare for the cleanse made it more front and center in my life. Being around people who are doing what you need to do makes the first moves less scary. And being around these people can help you push through the not-so-fun times as well.

2. Stock up for success.

One of the first things Art and I did was drive to Whole Foods and Trader Joes to stock our refrigerator with everything we’d need to be successful. Now, I wish I could tell you we did this little trip without any conflict at all. Oh but we did not. He wanted to spend what seemed like hours making out a list. I am emotionally allergic to spending hours making out a list. Just take the list provided in the instruction book and get what you need for heaven’s sake.


Anyhow, no matter what your new thing is chances are you’ll need supplies. For me, that was organic fruits and veggies. Think through what you’ll need and invest in your success. (Making a list is optional.)

3. Schedule for your success.

Before we started this cleanse adventure, we looked at the calendar to find a 21-day time period that made the most sense to do this. Right now, several of our kids are at camp which means I don’t have to prepare food (or get take out) for others. Let me pause and do a little happy dance over that situation.

It’s important to schedule whatever you’re tackling and keep this appointment. Be as diligent as you can about not letting life crowd out this important commitment you’re making.

Set a start date. Track your progress with mini-goals. Set a completion date with a reward built in to keep you motivated all the way to the finish line. (Don’t you think I’m not eating a chocolate chip cookie at the end of this adventure…oh yes ma’am I will probably have several! I better read Made to Crave again or I could eat the whole batch.)

4. Share your success.

As you have mini-successes along your journey, share them with your friends. Maybe they’ll get excited and want to join in too! Yesterday, I shared with a friend that I made it through drinking both of my cleanse smoothies with only one dramatic gag. This was a big accomplishment y’all! At the end of our conversation, she said she’d like to join me.

How cool is that? I’ve gone from being a moper to a motivator. And that just propels me to want to keep going that much more.

5. Build on your success.

Once you’ve accomplished this one thing, you’ll have GREAT momentum. Use this to help you tackle something else you’ve been putting off.

And you’ll be smiling and so happy. Just don’t call me if you are eating chocolate chip cookies during the next 18 days okay? Because I’m only 3 days into this cleanse. (The one I’m using under a doctor’s supervision is called “Standard Process.”)

I’m feeling pretty good. But I’ll be honest in saying, I wish Diet Coke was a whole food and that kale tasted like popcorn. Seriously I do.

And I know all about the “bake some kale with olive oil and sea salt” thing. I might try it today. But when I posted this on twitter someone said it will make my house smell like feet.

Well, isn’t that just a lovely thought.

Maybe I should add a number 6 to my list.

6. Some parts of this journey might stink. Literally. But you’re just going to have to push through and spray a little room freshener.


  1. Gail says

    Your daily blogs make my days more focused and purposeful. Thank you for your insights, thoughts, ideas, struggles, and successes. We are ALL human with a God who loves us dearly!! Praise Him for sisters like you who make this journey on earth more understandable!!

  2. Jennifer says

    Most likely I have focused on the wrong part of this post, but I just have to say that if you are referring to the new chocolate chunk cookie at CFA they are the bom-diggity! I have told my husband that he can’t bring them home because I have absolutely no self-control when they are around!! You see how you just mentioning chocolate chip cookies in your post immediately made me crave them! Sorry Lysa for talking about their ooey-gooey goodness during your “cleanse”. 🙂

  3. Jennifer says

    Forgot to tell about my most recent downfall with this particular chocolate chunk cookie. My husband comes home at 11 pm the other night and had brought me a cookie. I had already told myself that I was not going to eat a bedtime snack, then of course the cookie shows up. So I said I”ll just take a couple of bites. Needless to say the cookie was warm and before I knew it I had eaten the whole thing! This I did at 11pm!!

  4. Lori Dean says

    You go Girl!! I did a Standard Process Cleanse…You will be walking on water by Day 20,and believe it or not, I could hardly make myself eat anything that was not on the diet…even though I was SO TIRED of CHEWING. I got to the point of pureeing everything(Yep, kale included) in a blender (My kids called it “Pond Scum”) and DRANK my veggies….got rather creative…there is alot you can do with green goo for lunch. UH-Huh.
    LOVE the Post. Steps with doable steps….LOVE that….Love You!!

  5. Doreen says

    Lysa…after reading I looked up the Standard Process Cleanse. My former Chiropractic (moved) suggest /sold these vitamins. I have been out of control once again with the sugar and am looking forward to cut back on the bad food to get ready for the cleanse, I will be able to get it in August. Thanks again for sharing what I need yo hear when I need to hear it!

  6. Heather says

    So strange. I was reading around in the Daniel plan site and saw your bio. I clicked on your blog and read this post because my husban and I started a cleanse. Then I started laughing because we ate in the SAME cleanse and we stared the same day you did!! So now a week or so into this. I actualy like my smoothies well enough but I’m dreaming about steak. Hoping this kick starts a good weight loss.
    I pray you make it through this cleanse with good habits you learn from it. Maybe not about kale. I can’t bring myself to eat it.

  7. Lynn Schreiner says

    Funny I should come across this post when just a few days ago my 20 year old daughter and i were in WFoods ordering lunch and she spotted a green fruit smoothy and squealed with delight….”I love these things!”. I could only imagine how it must taste….probably a lot better with my eyes closed. Lysa, try sprinkling sesame oil and sesame seeds onto the kale before you bake it….it’s actually very yummy if you let it get super dried out and crunch….almost like popcorn!
    Hang in there, your body will love you for it!

  8. Tammy says

    Kale baked in the oven with olive oil is divine! When I make it, I can’t stop myself from eating the whole pan! I don’t know about the stinky feet part, but in the theme of trying something new, do it!

  9. says

    Hi Lysa-

    Kale chips are yummy! But yes, they do smell absolutely terrible. After you swing by the produce section and snag some kale, I’d advise a trip down the air freshener aisle.

    They taste great when flavored with ranch seasoning too!


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