I saw this meme the other day on my Facebook feed and I thought how true it is and has been for many of us.
We’re just entering our second week of 2017 and, as most people do, many of us have also made New Year’s Resolutions. (Have you? Tell me about them.)
I almost never make resolutions for the new year because I know I’m more than likely setting myself up for failure. (Stop swearing. Yeah right!)
Instead, this time I have have made the decision and commitment to work harder on my strength training this year. For Christmas I had received a free-standing boxing bag, something I have wanted for a long time. I was ecstatic Christmas morning. And I have been utilizing it this past week like crazy.
In addition to the boxing, I am going to continue to my strength training in the gym (and at home) with lifting weights and, hopefully, continuously increasing the weight. Of course, this part will depend on how my back fares. I wretched it again just this morning while shoveling snow. Sometimes I feel like it’s never going to heal. But, that being said, I will work on my strength while doing my best not to injure myself any further.
30 60 (I am aiming big this time) also starts tomorrow morning and I have been so excited to get going. Don’t get me wrong, I am going to miss chocolate and those dreamy peppermint mochas, but I know how wonderful I feel when doing a Whole and committing myself to completely clean eating for 60 days has me on edge in all the good ways.
But see – this is the point of this post. Instant results would be fabulous! But it’s just not realistic. Oprah said years ago on her show that if there were a pill out there to make her lose weight she would be on it! But, unfortunately, there is no magic pill. You have to work for it. You have to. The only instant result you get is making the choice to change your life.
That’s right, in one instant you can change your life. You can commit yourself to a better lifestyle – to eating cleaner, to sleeping more, to getting enough water to drink, and to exercising.
Many years ago, when I was overweight and at my heaviest, I made that commitment. And, as you know, I haven’t looked back. I have changed my life.
At first, I had a hard time getting through my workouts. I was panting and huffing and puffing. I could barely get through three minutes. But I kept at it and I worked my way up to 10, 20, 30, 60, 120 minutes. I have often said that 20 minutes a day can change your life and I stick by that. You do not need to spend hours upon hours in the gym. But you do have to do something. Start off with a goal of even 5 minutes a day. Work your way up to 10 or 20 minutes over the weeks. See how different you feel, how easier it is to breathe, how harder you can go. Feel the difference in your body and how your clothes fit. Commit yourself to one month. Give yourself 30 days of eating better and working out even 3 times a week. I challenge you* to do that. Thirty days is not a long time. But those thirty days can change your life.
You have to work for it.
*Anyone accepting my challenge, please feel free to comment or email me and let me know you’ve accepted the challenge, or if you want fitness tips, instructions, workout ideas, or nutritional advice/healthy eating coaching.