Sunday, July 13, 2014
I went on vacation for a week to my cottage. I have always had such fond memories of growing up there and spending my summers. Playing in the lake, hanging with my cousin, fishing with my uncle.
We spent a week there and I was still true to myself. When I got there I set a goal to run to the end of the "main" road. I accomplished that goal. The scenery was beautiful and I hope one day to move up there permanently so I can always enjoy the scenery to run. I ran 3 days and the other days I took nice walks. After I would follow up with a dip in the lake to cool off. It was so refreshing.
I had so much time to think about things, where I am in life, my goals, my dreams. I even had a chance to remember my childhood and the dreams I had as a child. I always knew what I wanted and nothing would ever stop me but it seems life got in the way,
I know now these are my goals and dreams, a healthier lifestyle is priority and I will not let anything stand in my way, I felt so good in that bikini that I want to wear it more and shop for more next year. I also reorganized my dreams and I am now more focused than ever before.
Sometimes getting away, taking time to drift back to the days of your childhood can open up some wonderful doors and keep you more focused. I know it helped me.
Tuesday, June 17, 2014
"Not everyone will understand your journey. That's fine. It's not their journey to make sense of. It's yours."
I saw this quote today and it led me to write this blog. It really applies to those of us on this journey to a healthier lifestyle. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, maintain or simply make better choices to aid you in your daily well being, this quote applies to you.
We have all been there, we have family, friends or a loved one that we tell about our goals and in return we get the forever routine response. "You're not fat why would you want to lose." My other fav is "It's a holiday, you can take ONE day can't you."
While we are all choosing our new lifestyle that does not always mean that those around us will support us. I have seen and read it all. "My family doesn't understand." "My friends tell me I am not fat why am I trying to lose weight." My personal fav is :"Just cause your doing it you better not expect me too."
These are all natural responses from outsiders. Those who choose not to follow a healthy lifestyle think that those of us who do are Out of our minds. Some of our family and friends do in fact support us. e can even get them involved and they start their own path to well being but what do we do for those who don't?
When you are faced with the adversity, the non support you must remember this quote. Print it out put it up around the house or on your phone. Write it in every planner, do what you need to make this quote stick because in the end it is is correct. This is YOUR journey, YOUR choice. When you are not getting that motivation or support from others, remember this quote and use it to regain your motivation. You are doing this for yourself, you are worth it.
You may end up surprised at how many of the "not me" people will follow once they see how fabulous you truly are. If they do not, remember they have chosen their journey.
What path will you choose?
Thursday, June 12, 2014
The one thing so many people lack even myself is motivation on some if not most days.
What do you do? What helps you and your get up and go action?
What works for me are these group fitness classes, I always went to the gym alone and always just did a quick routine never ever pushing myself. Most days I lacked motivation out of boredom, boredom for the being alone, boredom of the same music, boredom of the atmosphere and boredom of my life.
I found my soloution.
Once I moved into the new neighbourhood, the recreation centre was 2 blocks away. I remember as a kid going swimming there with friends and always having fun at the outdoor as well as the indoor pool and park. I have discovered, as with most places, they have a gym. Their unlimited monthly fitness pass is $47.00 a month with taxes. I signed up. The first week I didn't go, because again the idea of going to the gym was simply boring. Then another answer came to me....the fitness pass included Group fitness Classes.
The next week I tried out the 20/20/20 class. It was tough. It involves a step, the stability ball and hand weights. I have not used the step. The best part was I found out I wasn't alone, there are other ladies in my class who also do not use the step. Score 1 for me. Second of all the trainer is very wonderful, he motivates and plays awesome music. Score 2. The main thing I love about the classes is that every fitness level is there and you are encouraged to go at your own pace. If you can not do an exercise you are shown or allowed to do a different exercise.
I have since taken up 2 other classes during the week. I take it as my appointment for ME time. Also being int he group setting you feel accountable when you don't attend, I feel like I am letting my group down if I am not there. I feel I am letting myself down even more because I really enjoy the classes. The other thing that is really kind of funny, I am a bit competitive, so when I can not do an exercise or a move that others are doing I actually try to get the move down I even practice things at home that I did that day.
I have finally found what makes me tick and I couldn't be happier. When I had to wait till payday and because my membership expired I could not wait to get ti back because I missed it so much. I had a smile when I was able to return.
WHat motivates you? what has finally pushed you to the not giving up point?
Thursday, June 05, 2014
I ended up letting my membership expire due to finances just till this Friday till I get paid. Let me tell you this past week has been HELL! That is when the lightbulb has come on, I am addicted to exercise
Now I know there is healthy addiction and bad addiction regarding exercise. I can honestly say this one is a healthy addiction. I didn't realize it but in the past 3 weeks my body, as much as it complained and made me very sore, is missing going to class 3 times a week.
I am still walking to and from work, so I am still getting 40 min a day which is doing wonders for my moods and self esteem. I put on new bikini took photos and in about another 30 day I will put it on again and take more photos and measurements, I am not going by a scale this time because it always seems to defeat me in the end.
Time will tell, but who knew this was going to happen, who knew this addiction could be so wonderful
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