Wednesday, May 08, 2013
One thing I have to remind myself with each passing year and that is we are not meant to remain the same year end and year out. We are meant to evolve with the obstacles that get in our way. As I have said in the past--we have two choices--we can elect to remain where we are OR we can rise to the occasion and move on past these obstacles.
I feel the past 8 years since I began my journey that I am constantly shifting my focus, just like one does when standing on a wobble board. If you do not shift your weight, you're bound to fall off. But if you are willing to shift your weight, before you know it you have achieved the balance that is needed to stay on.
Healthy living is not a temporary fix for your problems. It's a lifestyle that we must commit to for the rest of our lives. But this does not mean you have to workout 2-3 hours a day and commit to a PERFECT diet--doing so only keeps us trapped in that diet mentality.
I am not one to have do-overs, resets, begin-agains--the reason, they keep me stuck in that diet mentality. Stress can do crazy things to our bodies and our thinking. A few days ago I was looking through some photos from 2010--I was shocked to see that I was looking a little pudgier than I had in the few years before. But this year was EXTREMELY stressful--having to deal with issues at home and losing my MIL to liver cancer, it was hard. While my eating was not the best during this time, I was committed to my workouts, especially my runs.
We can't remain perfect--to me it's very self-defeating to do so. As my new mantra states, we learn more from our mistakes than we do from doing everything perfectly. Go out and embrace the joy of living--you do not have to have a PERFECT life to live a healthy life--LIFE IS MEANT TO BE ENJOYED!!!