Happy Easter!

 

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Happy Easter everyone! I am not a spiritual person. Surprised? I am a follower of Christ. So Easter has a lot of meaning to me. I also do not have children around me, so Easter eggs and bunnies are not part of my Easter Sunday. But regardless of your faith, Easter is is a sign of New Beginnings. And my life, daily contains new beginnings.

I did a friend’s hair yesterday. I permed her beautiful long hair and colored it. She had about 3 gray hairs, but she wanted them gone. Doing Edie’s hair makes me look like a great hairdresser. She has gorgeous hair that responds really well to perming. I used large rods, and she got those nice beachy, waves without frizz. I have not given a perm in several years. We had to dig out my perm rods deep in a tote, in the basement. Floods of memories came back while we dug through my things I used years ago to do hair.

It was pretty amazing how my hands automatically wrapped those long locks around those “Tensive Rings” ( a special of perm rod for long hair) I was a hairdresser in the 80’s and 90’s so spiral perms and big hair was the rage. I made a good living doing this because I was quick, and could get a good curl out of any type of hair. My chubby little fingers could spiral curl waist length hair in less than 2 hours.

This made me think about how in time, repeated behavior produces great results, with little effort. I’m always concerned about falling off the wagon. But if creating precision through repeated behavior is true, I believe my good healthy habits I am developing does as well. Success will ensue. And I will have created a habit that will not be as hard to do as it is in the beginning.

If, when I was a beauty school student, I had slacked off, become careless, and put little effort in my trade, I would not have turned out to be a very good hairdresser. But now, because I have done the work, I can do it without giving it much thought. I was a good hairdresser, and made a good living because of it. And the basic ability will never leave me.

I believe losing weight, and adapting new eating habits is the same thing. If we do it right and consistently, in time all this new eating habits will just happen with little thought.

Honestly, because I had not done this in a while I questioned my ability to successfully do my friends hair. But I believed in myself, and after I once got started, it was just automatic. Wouldn’t it has been a shame if my self doubt had stopped me from doing Edie’s hair? I had such a great time with this dear friend, It brightened up my whole day.

Beauty school was one of the best times in my life. I had so much fun, and learned a life long skill as well. My swimming buddy, Diana, was one of my best friends in beauty school. Little did I know back then, she would be a huge part of my journey to health.

So, my message today is, when you doubt if you can eat healthy, lose weight and stay on track for a lifetime, remember, after we repeat behavior, soon it becomes automatic and not as hard as it once was. Also, the precision you put into your food habits, are important. They set the pace for the new healthy habits you are developing. If you Haphazardly follow your food plan, you are setting yourself up for a struggle through out your life. If you stay on track, learning how to do things right repeatedly, you will get the results your want. You have to do the work, and you have to do it mindfully. And lastly, If I had not been wiling to try to do Edie’s hair in spite of my self doubt, I would not have had such a successful day. Sometimes we have to just be willing to try, and its turns out ok. Don’t ever let self doubt stop you from trying.

So, Happy Easter, Happy Spring, and here is to new beginnings! Be blessed!

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Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog. I am a Baby Boomer from Nebraska blogging my way to good health. I am single, with no children, I have a little white maltese dog named Lily. Follow my journey to lose 1 pound 300 times.

12 thoughts on “Happy Easter!

  1. Rhonda W

    Great Blog! Yes, I totally agree that when you are consistent that you form habits that become “automatic” in your behavior and it can help get you to your goal. Happy Easter to you also!

  2. Love this post! And really like the analogy about learning the fundamentals from beauty school right in the first place, and they serve you well later on. Sometimes I feel like relaxing on some of those basics (um… like calorie counting) but then my results suffer. Maybe someday I won’t need to every day, but not yet! Thanks for this interesting post, I enjoyed reading about your experiences about beauty school. I’ve always said people who did hair are artists, since to do it well takes more than technical skill. Oh yeah, and I remember having waist length hair, and getting a spiral perm. I loved that look!!

    • Kathleen

      Those spiral perms were a huge trend in the late 80s, it was not unusual to do 3-5 a day! I stood on my feet for years doing hair. I’m grateful for never having any serious leg or knee issues. God has granted me a lot of grace over the years. I will most likely count calories the rest of my life, but now it’s just second nature. I don’t mind. Glad you are doing so well Retta. It’s been fun having you in our group. Blessings!

      • Whoa! What you wrote – “I will most likely count calories the rest of my life, but now it’s just second nature.” – sounds so… accepting, at peace about it. And that made me realize how much I was NOT. I’m acting like the petulant child whining about “it’s not fair”.

        Well sheesh… if counting calories for the rest of my life is the trade off for getting healthy and making progress… I’m definitely going to think about this, and try some acceptance of my own! That’s a small price to pay. I need to change my attitude, and embrace it as a tool that is Positive, not an annoyance… and be thankful for it, instead of looking for the day when I don’t have to do it anymore.

        You’re a good influence on me! 🙂

        • Kathleen

          It takes a little time to create peace with food. It is every bit as emotional as ending a relationship with a person or even grieving a death. I am sure I have not arrived, only making progress. I got to a place where my life had come to the end and I was only existing. The trade off is pretty easy to choose from that prospective. I only know this for sure, when I became truly honest with myself, and make a Sincere effort to do what ever it takes to gain back my life, God cleared a path before me. But He clears only one step at a time. Because of that, I have to trust him one day, sometimes one hour at a time.

    • Kathleen

      I guess I am a spiritual person, it’s kind of a subjective term. I just hope my Christianity and my love for Christ shines through.

  3. Linda Campbell

    Anyone who follows Kathy’s blog, she wasn’t just a good hairdresser she was an extremely gifted talented hairdresser. And she has a huge following of teenagers. Have you ever tried to please a teenager? She pleased hundreds of them… they waited in line to get in her chair. I was the mother of two of them that went to her and her hands were Nimble and gifted and she could do hair like no one I’ve ever seen before. And I too went to Beauty School so I know what I saw. What a deal….

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