REAL, FRUGAL, HEALTHY, and FUN!!!
I ran my first race this past fall. What a fun experience! I was nervous, but there was nothing to be nervous about. It was just all kinds of people gathering together, at the same time, and the same place for a fun racing event. When the whistle is blown, everyone makes their way along the plotted route, and stops at the finish line. After completing the race everyone congratulates friends and family for completing the race.
A physical, mental, and emotional journey to health is a little different. We all start in different places and at different times. It seems that some of us are dealt a harder route, with hills to climb and rivers to cross. It’s easy to look at someone who’s journey seems to be all downhill and become frustrated with our own obstacles. There are those who haven’t started yet. Maybe they don’t understand the need to take care of their body, their only vessel to navigate through this life. Or maybe they’re overwhelmed with the level of difficulty their journey be.
For those of you who haven’t started yet, starting is the hardest part. Don’t worry. You got this! A step in the right direction puts you one whole step closer in the right direction. That’s progress! From there, you just keep taking steps. Set a small goal, achieve it, and then set another. Go to bed a little earlier, walk a little further, eat a little more wholesome, make time for yourself. These are just ideas to get you started.
For those of you still pushing your way along, trying to get there, keep going. It can get frustrating. Results can come slow. Don’t give up. You have no idea just how much you’re capable of. Focus on the positive. If you seem to have lost your footing and stumbled, get back up. There are people rooting for you whether you know it or not. Continue to set goals. Eat cleaner, workout more diligently, listen to your body, rest, and help others. Once you’ve got a good start on your journey, encourage a friend who hasn’t, or who has, but is struggling. You’ll help them, and you will also be helping yourself. It’s amazing how helping others can positively impact your own journey. You could workout together, share recipes, and lend a listening ear.
For those of you who are kicking butt, and way ahead of the rest of us, go you! Keep cheering for us, sending tips, motivation, and inspiration our way. We’re trying our best and it’s inspiring to see what you’ve achieved.
I see pictures of fitness models, yogi’s in tangled up twisted poses, and people who take clean eating to a whole new level, and I’m inspired to push myself. I always want to be better, tomorrow than I was today. Sometimes my workouts get monotonous. Sometimes my sweet tooth antagonizes me. Sometimes I get so overwhelmed and stressed, I don’t know what to do. I still keep going. I’m on this journey, and I am not backing down. I’ve come so far, and I’m so proud of myself.
Unlike the race I ran last fall, this journey is lifelong. We go, go, go. We push, push, push. And we take care, take care, take care. We do all we can in order to achieve the happiest and best quality of life possible.
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