Wishful Wednesday

Be sure to taste your thoughts before you chew on them.

– Petra Kolber

You made a mistake.

What do you do?

Ruminate or Reflect

Rumination:  Act of repetitive thinking, most commonly negative thoughts about self. Often referred to as “self-punishment.”

Reflection:  Ability to see the past for what it was. Often referred to as “self-discovery.”

The next time you make a mistake, instead of beating up yourself, ask:

What can I learn from this experience?

What is my mental stateRumination or Reflection?

Rumination Mindset

  • Thinks about past.
  • Wishes for a different outcome.
  • Fills in blanks with stories.
  • Uses lens of self-judgment.
  • Problem-focused.
  • Views challenges as threats.
  • Paralyzed by problems.
  • Doubt demons thrive.

Reflection Mindset

  • Resides in present.
  • Works with reality.
  • Works with facts.
  • Uses lens of self-compassion.
  • Solution-focused.
  • Views challenges as opportunities.
  • Takes action.
  • Doubt demons starve.



Researchers from Rutgers University created M.A.P. Training.

M.A.P. = Mindfulness and Physical activity


20 minutes Sitting Meditation – 10 minutes Walking – 30 minutes Aerobic Exercise


The next time your thoughts begin to ruminate, or begin a downward spiral of doom,



Stand up


Take a walk


Observe your surroundings


Pick a positive thought

Image source: Facebook profile of Troy Heffner

About rrluthi

Certified fitness expert with a passion for educating and empowering people of all ages (young "kiddos" to the active aging "baby boomers") about the benefits of adopting and maintaining an active, healthy lifestyle, preventing injury, and feeling good. Proven strengths applying cutting-edge fitness/wellness concepts and research through roles as a health coach, fitness trainer, group exercise instructor, and rehabilitation aide—in addition to promoting these concepts in a more systematic way through blogging and social media, community outreach, and corporate wellness program facilitation.
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