Happy Monday! I’m letting go of my wish to have one.more.day for the weekend and mentally resetting for a great week. Hope you can do the same!
The idea that you have a choice to either make progress on something you want to accomplish or just continue to make excuses is on my mind. This blog has been unbelievable in terms of shifting how I handle things and what I focus on. I already talked about some of the new habits I have like the 5-Minute Journal, reading a new book every month, trying a new fitness class, and incorporating meditation into my everyday life. By far, the biggest change I’ve made though is making sure I take care of myself first and foremost. That is so hard for many of us, particularly if you have a family like I do. It’s easy to focus on taking care of everyone else. But, about two months ago, I was reading a Women’s Health magazine (ironic since I was not taking that great care of my health!) and I put it down. I could read about how to be healthy or I could DO something about it. So, I changed into workout clothes right then, laced up my sneakers, and did my first workout of the Couch to 5K program.
I had made excuse after excuse about why I couldn’t work out. I’m a mom of young kids. Obviously, I didn’t have the time. My youngest was still waking up at night fairly consistently so I could not spare the extra sleep. I couldn’t make my husband have to handle the girls while I took the time to work out. Well, that’s all crap. If I really wanted to do it, I could do it. And I am. I am getting up at 5am almost every day to make sure I have time to workout. I was so tired of talking to people about how I USED to work out almost every day and I USED to be able to run longer distances as if those days were gone because I now had kids and an even more demanding job. Who says that can’t be me now? That’s still who I am. So, progress it is. In case you’re wondering, I don’t even miss the extra sleep. I have a lot more energy and feel so much more positive about myself and what I can accomplish if I put my mind to it.
Is there something you’ve been making excuses about when you should really just get started? Do it now. I promise you won’t regret it! We’re cheering you on!