Panic Mode Motivation
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
I’ve seen people make remarkable progress in regard to getting healthy. I think sometimes the real challenge comes not in losing but in maintaining. I’ve watched so many people (myself included ~ yup, I’m human), struggle to maintain their new healthy selves. We are taught how to lose (more calories out than in) and we know how to gain (more calories in than out) but how to maintain? What do we do when we get to where we feel good and look good to ourselves? When the compliments of how good we look turn into a look of “oh, he put some weight back on.” When we just don’t feel like it today. When it’s easier to sit than to move. When that one piece of something delicious turns into way too much.
Here are my thoughts on how to start your journey or transform one you’ve already begun: First, start with the intention of “this is not a success-only-journey.” I know days will come when I will not want to do what I know is good for me. I will have days when time will run out and I will not have gotten in what I know makes me feel better and healthier. After those days I have a choice, I can get right back at it or I can give in to the comfort of what will pull me back again. Being aware that those old habits die hard. They are where you feel like you. But you have to remember that you are becoming a new you. New habits are formed over time. It’s almost like you have to shake yourself, stop yourself from giving in to what you know is not the “you” you want to be.
Then there are the compliments, until one day they stop dead! It can be very unsatisfying when friends are no longer commenting on how great you look. That’s why you start this journey doing it for YOU not for the approval of anyone else! The compliments are good, sure we all like them, but in the end you are the one who you are with 24/7. Give those compliments to yourself when you need them. Make your journey for yourself and for how you feel.
My approach for myself is finding and keeping BALANCE. It’s always about balancing what I need to keep me leveled off, centered and grounded. I have been an all-or-nothing person most of my life. It’s important to my balance to find or make time to meditate and clear my mind of all the clutter that gets stuck up there. Then there is the exercise to move my body so it feels that physical strength, the same way meditation gives me mental strength.
Everyday is a new day to evolve in that balance to find my place of being centered.
Some days it’s a boot camp workout, some days it’s a walk with my dog. Other days it’s a really great stretching and breathing session. Good luck with your journey to being fit and healthy.