The other day, I do as I always do in the morning, which is to write and post something inspirational to Social Media, which I think is something my followers need or want to hear - something which will motivate them for the day. A lot of the time, these little quotes are ones I find particularly meaningful to me in my life at the moment.
About 30 minutes after I posted this particular morning, which happened to be about staying consistent, a text popped up from one of my closest friends. She is one of the hardest working people I know. Her job is a high profile one in finance; she’s working long after most of us go to bed, up before most people, all while doing a phenomenal job as a mother and as a wife. “Loved your quote today” she writes. Then, second text, “I had to chuckle because I had just decided to skip spin class and snuggle with my son. Soul Cycle is still going to be there tomorrow but I don’t know how much longer he’s going to want to cuddle in bed with me”. One of the reasons she’s one my closest friends is that she did this, and another reason is she said “I had to chuckle”. Notice she didn’t say, “I felt guilty.” My girl has her priorities straight.
I am not going to sugar coat it. If you are on a journey to lose a substantial amount of weight, to change your body, transform your fitness, totally overhaul your lifestyle, you absolutely need to focus and very often put it first, before anything else. I have been there, and I have done that. But - you also need to be present enough in your life to recognize what the important stuff is and make it a priority.
We all know people who are successful, and to be truly successful, you many times have to be single-mindedly focused on your goal, but there comes a point when you also have to recognize what the truly important things or people are in your life, and make time for them when you can. In other words, fitness can be a truly all-encompassing and addicting venture, especially when you’re starting out towards a goal of weight-loss, or strength & conditioning. Speaking from experience, knowing when to push the pause button can be tricky, and can also usher in a whole wave of emotions —guilt being one. I promise you, you will never regret making time to be with family over taking that spin class.
I’ve been away in Michigan this week visiting my parents, and the slower pace and more relaxed environment has been great for my boys, and also for my husband and me. Summer can allow for reflection on things that are important to us, and while I have been busy this week working on a big article for next Monday, I decided to write this brief one today on the issue of priorities, because frankly, I think we all need it. I have found that especially in people's hectic lives, we often take our eye off the greater goal. It’s important to get rid of the noise, focus on what we are really in it for, and not let ourselves be sidelined by superficial distractions. And yet it’s ever more critical to realize when the truly important people or things in our lives need us, we need to be there.