This year will be the year I get into the best shape of my life. Have you said this before? I sure have. For almost 13 years I have been saying this. (my oldest child will be 13 soon, what does that tell you!) I create a detailed meal plan and an exercise regimen that will get me into body building shape. Then it happens, I fall behind or off track, life gets in the way and excuses roll in.
⦁ I got sick
⦁ The kids got strep
⦁ I have to travel for family events
⦁ I’m exhausted
⦁ Work is too demanding
⦁ My spouse is away and I needed quick meals
⦁ I am a single parent
Have you said any of these at any time? It’s ok to say yes because I have. I have found that this is the easy way out. And we tell our friends and they agree with us (friends out there…please stop agreeing with us and give us tough love!) so we find it ok that we have failed ourselves. What we haven’t yet figured out is that the tight, fit, lean body will not give us the happiness we are looking for. That will not solve our daily stresses. It will not stop the heavy loads we carry each day on our back to survive.
Over the past few years I have done some major soul searching and yes I have and still go to therapy when needed. I needed help learning to cope with some life events. Family, in-laws, siblings, friends, kids etc.. You get it, we have all been there. Life throws you curve-balls and you can swing and miss or decide to hit a grand slam. I am not yet at a grand slam but I’d like to think I’m at about 3rd base right now. There is always work to do!
What’s my point, you ask? My point is that in order for us to reach any goal we have to first be happy within ourselves. Its a mindset. We have to learn to make lemonade out of lemons and believe that there will be a rainbow after the storm. If we stay within our own misery we will never achieve anything! Misery loves company and they will try to suck you in but you have to separate yourself and go for bigger things!
With that said, THIS YEAR AND EVERY YEAR AFTER WILL BE THE BEST YEARS OF MY LIFE! And I hope yours too! I will keep my mind in a positive frame (even when the box of cereal falls over and they have 5 min to make the bus). I am not perfect nor will I strive to be because that is way to stressful.
What is your plan to make this the best year of your life? I hope it’s not counting calories but rather some personal development! Read an inspirational book, keep positive people beside you, make time for your kids and significant other. Exercise and eat well. Would you join a group with like minds to help keep you on track? If so, comment! For now, follow the action step below!
Action Step: Send 3 message (text, personal conversations, etc.) and compliment others. Or let them know you appreciate them. It can even be your kids. See what you get in return. And I don’t mean physical gifts. You will receive a happy heart and good soul!
Enjoy the beautiful day,