That Is When

by tinareale on October 2, 2012

“The moment we realize that a change is necessary is the best moment to take action.”

Why do we do that? Recognize something we hope to improve in ourselves, only to put it off time and time again. What holds us back? Is it fear – of commitment, change, failure, or even success and what it would bring? Is it pride – thinking it’s really not that big of a deal and we don’t need to change it, do we? Is it lack of desire – too hard and things are fine…I guess? Is it excuses – too much time, too much effort, too much energy?

Then, this happens…



Do you have something you have wanted to do or change for awhile? Think of where you could be now if you had taken the action all those times you thought about it. Where would you be? Don’t let that discourage you…let it motivate you to take action in the moment you realize the need for a change.

Source: via Tina on Pinterest


Or, maybe, you did take action and then let it all slide when things got more challenging. The things that are hard, but will ultimately bring you fulfillment, are generally worth it. Don’t put it off.  Remember the rewards…and that one misstep doesn’t make you a failure.

Source: via Tina on Pinterest


“The moment we realize that a change is necessary is the best moment to take action.”

What change do you plan to make today? I’ll tell you mine. I still have to make conscious effort to make change to my thoughts around food. Not every day, but when I feel myself slipping into negative thought patterns, I make the necessary changes immediately. With time, it all comes together easier because I’ve learned to act sooner rather than letter. Your change may, and likely will, be an ongoing process. That’s okay. Just don’t put it off.


“The moment we realize that a change is necessary is the best moment to take action.”

Your Turn – Have you ever put off a goal? What was (or is) it?


1 Miz October 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

ahhhhh many.
right now Im revamping and re-prioritizing in ALL FACETS of my goal-life.

2 Angela @ Happy Fit Mama October 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

Now is when! I fall into this trap often. It’s a daily practice for sure!

3 Julie @ Sweetly Balanced October 2, 2012 at 6:29 am

I’ve been putting off adding speed work to my running.. I’ve been telling myself I would do this since January!! :( major fail on my part.. Definitely going to start doing them this week, but I also need to learn to rest when I’m injured! I tend to take lots of advil and push through it, then regret it when I take longer to heal.

4 Glenneth October 2, 2012 at 6:51 am

i love the setback vs failure one. time to refocus and move forward!

5 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 2, 2012 at 7:16 am

Love that first picture. Everything always seems so clear in hindsight. I’ve had a couple of those moments recently!

6 Katie @wishandwhimsy October 2, 2012 at 7:52 am

Thank you for this. I love this. I wrote something on my own blog today that (slightly) relates. It’s a theme I’m struggling with. There are things I want to change, but am afraid because of failure. However, I am going to change my perspective…I’m taking the risk, making the change.

7 Lauren October 2, 2012 at 8:11 am

Love that last quote!!! So true. :)

8 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats October 2, 2012 at 8:22 am

These are all so true, I have goals I’ve been trying to work on for 6 months now but I seem to keep falling back into the same habits. I really need to WORK HARD and kick it into gear now and not 6 months from now!

9 Kierston October 2, 2012 at 8:40 am

What a great post Tina! I may have had to postpone a goal but never give up on one! Sometimes, we just have to rework a few things to, well, make it work for ourselves :)

10 Heather (Where's the Beach) October 2, 2012 at 8:53 am

I am really bad about not always going after what I really want. I definitely let fear hold me back.

11 Fiona @ Get Fit Fiona October 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

I live this post – it’s a great reminder that I need to make the changes I know I need to make now instead of tomorrow or next week.

12 Betsy October 2, 2012 at 9:18 am

Yep, sure have. Haven’t we all? Love the motivational pics! :)

13 Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef October 2, 2012 at 9:25 am

great post! i have some big decisions coming up so this is a good perspective. :)

14 Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness October 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

Love this! I put off my goal sway too often and I need to stop it and just go after them! Great post!

15 Yellow Haired Girl October 2, 2012 at 10:20 am

I fall into this wayyyy too often. In several areas of my life. What a nice Tuesday morning reminder to shape up! ;)

16 Lindsay October 2, 2012 at 10:24 am

The goal I’ve put off is losing weight which until I picked up Marianne Williamson’s “A Course in Weightloss” I realized I’ve had the wrong goal for 12 years. I’m not a heavy person – I could stay at this weight and be fine (I’m 128 @ 5’5 now; highest was 150) but her book isn’t about losing weight, it’s about improving your relationship with God. The only reason I weigh what I am is because I exercise like a fiend but my relationship with food has tormented me for half of my life (eat healthy, eat so much I make myself sick <– ongoing battle). My "goal", if you will, that I will no longer put off is to honor God by honoring my spiritual self and thus my physical self. The only way I can do that is by praying for a miracle – every single day – but if that is what I have to do then I'm going to do it.

17 Lindsay October 2, 2012 at 10:27 am

And thank you! I love this post. It lit a fire in me!

18 Heather (Heather's Dish) October 2, 2012 at 10:35 am

totally convicted – it’s so easy to put stuff off in a new place under the crutch of unpacking, but my goal is to really explore our new neighborhood on foot, get out and meet people (I’m so stinking shy…), and get back to feeling super strong again!

19 jobo October 2, 2012 at 10:40 am

I LOVE this message Tina. It’s so true. You never regret going for it, you only regret NOT going for it. I think this is what drives me to challenge, to go, go, go, to DO. Because I never want to regret or get into stagnation or complacency!

20 Sharla October 2, 2012 at 11:25 am

I’ve been needing some motivation, but realize I’M the one who has to take charge. Joined the Under Armour What is Beautiful challenge today then read this – perfect!! thank you :)

21 Brittany @ Delights and Delectables October 2, 2012 at 1:28 pm

Love this… I’m going to lift weights…now! I have been putting off weight training out of sheer laziness!

22 Life's a Bowl October 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Love the someday isn’t a day quote!!!

23 Charlotte October 2, 2012 at 2:21 pm

great post! so so so true. I love that “there are seven days in a week and someday isnt one of them”

24 Nico October 2, 2012 at 2:24 pm

Hello, Thanks for the post. Its true and sad that a year from now many (most) people will wish they started today. Its not difficult to lose weight and be healthy, but consistency is king. Thanks.

25 Jess October 2, 2012 at 5:06 pm

This is exactly what the marathon is for me — a goal that was tucked into the back of my mind for SO long just laying there dormant. I’m SO excited and proud of myself (and us) for taking action against this goal. It’s been the most rewarding experience ever, and quite unexpectedly so, I might add. LOVE this post!

26 Brittany @Berries and Barbells October 2, 2012 at 7:14 pm

I have been saying I want to run a half marathon for 7 or 8 years and I am finally about to do it!! It feels good to finally actually DO something rather than just say I want to do it.

27 Coco October 3, 2012 at 8:21 am

The first one resonantes with me about grad school. I went to law school at night, which is a 4 year program. Yes, it took a long time, but the time was going to go by anyway, but by doing it I had a law degree and new career at the end of it. So, if you are thinking of doing something but worrying about how long it will take, remember that the days will go by anyway. If you go for your goal you can look back and say you did it!

28 Elly October 3, 2012 at 12:22 pm

Posts like this are why you’ve easily jumped to the top of my list of favorite bloggers :) You’re always keeping it real while keeping it positive. Thanks for the dose of motivation today. And I’m cheering for you too!

29 Bek @ Crave October 5, 2012 at 5:36 am

For too long I put off recovering from my ED, it wasn’t till my ED went to the opposite extreme and I started bingeing that I took action. If only it hadn’t of got to that! Atleast now I can say I am recovering and changing for the better!

30 Katie October 10, 2012 at 3:09 pm

I am so many things I want to change. I have been making the steps but I feel like I need to fully commit. I am very scared but sort of feel at the end of my rope. So I am really going to dive ahead and have faith.

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