We Just Decided To.

First, the important bit that is leading to this post: ALL THREE SEASONS OF THE NEWSROOM ARE AVAILABLE ON AMAZON PRIME VIDEO! 

Now, in case you didn’t know this about me, I am a huge Sorkinphile. Sorkinite? Whatever, I’m not sure the fandom/following really has a name, but it should be no surprise that after I fell in love with A Few Good Men after the first time I saw it that I would also end up being a HUGE fan of The West Wing, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Sports Night, The Social Network, Moneyball, and more.

Right now, I’m rewatching The Newsroom. In the pilot episode, which shares a title with this blog post, Charlie Skinner says the following to Will McAvoy.

Photo from HBO.com


“In the old days, of about ten minutes ago, we did the news well. And you know how we did it? We just decided to.

Now, despite the fact that I’ve seen this episode multiple times, I burst into tears when he said that line on this most recent watch-through. It was probably Day 3 of the Sugar Detox doing most of the crying, to be honest, but here’s the thing…

That line? That’s how I turned my life around 21 months ago.

It wasn’t a scary trip to the doctor. (I had one of those; it didn’t do anything to light a fire under my butt, which says a lot about just how dark of a place I was in…)

It wasn’t needing to train for some big event. (I signed up for big events before. I never trained for them.)

It wasn’t a desperate attempt to fit into an outfit for something special. (Been there, done that, no t-shirts given.)

I just decided to. 

One day, I went to Target to pick up something else, and I grabbed a FitBit. And that same day, I decided to stop drinking Diet Coke. And that same week, I reached out to my coach about trying CIZE and Shakeology.

And I haven’t looked back. I have stumbled — oh, how I have stumbled. The past six-ish months have been rough. No reason. Just old bad habits sneaking back in and me saying “Okay, fine” to them. But at the beginning of May, I decided I’d had enough. I decided to pick myself back up. I decided to keep going.

I just decided to. 

People ask me why I did a sugar detox this week. People ask me why I’m doing Insanity Max:30. People ask me why I’m spending all my PTO on a one-week coaching summit. People ask me why I’m passing on the free pizza and wine and cookies at a work event. People ask me why I’m getting myself out of bed a good hour or more earlier than I “need to” before work.

I just decided to. 

I am, and will always be, a work in progress. That’s the beauty of life, isn’t it? We’re never going to be finished. But I’m pretty proud of the work I’ve done already:


And simply because I made the decision. I just decided to. 

Now… I’m gearing up for a 3-month summer intensive. Fitness, nutrition, AND psychology. We’re going to sculpt not only our muscles but our minds as well. Interested? Three simple steps:

  1. Decide. Just decide that you’re ready.
  2. Order this from me.
  3. Go to my Facebook page, find the “Drop it like it’s HOT” event, and tell me you’re in.