Recipe Makings

rec⋅i⋅pe [resuh-pee]
1. a set of instructions for making or preparing something, esp. a food dish: a recipe for a cake.
2. a medical prescription.
3. a method to attain a desired end: a recipe for success.

Whether you are baking a cake or moving to a new state or studying for a test there is a set of steps to be followed, elements (or ingredients) that are needed. As much as we’d like, cakes aren’t baked on wishes and laundry doesn’t fold itself. While there is no set way to do EVERYTHING ever (maybe there is some one out there who really does put their pants on both legs at a time) there is a general consensus on how things are done.

Through the process of trial and error we all find the best ways for us to do things. As mentioned in my previous post I know what works for me, I know what I have to do to get results, but what works for me doesn’t work for everyone. What works for some one else may also work for me. This is a process that we’re going through, there is always room for revision and tinkering.

My recipe is a mixture of dedication, daily working out, food logging, regular blogging, and community support. Without dedication I wouldn’t bother moving forward. Without working out daily I fall out of the habit quickly. Without food logging it’s amazingly easy for me to over eat. Without regular blogging I fail to think about what it is that I’m doing. Without support when things get rough I would have no idea what I was doing, no one to cheer me on when I slip, no one to remind me of my goals. But most importantly, the one thing the entire recipe depends on is a personal desire for health. Without that, if I were doing this for any other reason, I would be setting myself up for a failure that would damage not only my psyche but also my already quite ravaged body.

So there’s my recipe. What’s yours?