New Year New You!… Making your Resolutions for 2018… How to Start your New Year Fitness Plan… These are all typical headlines we see every January, but what about for those of us who already stick to a regimented fitness routine & lifestyle? We don't just wake up every day with that fire inside, ready to set new personal bests. (Well, at least I don’t). It takes massive persistence, and frankly a lot of mundane, boring … work. I often times debate about what was harder: finding the initial strength and motivation to get moving 5 years ago out of a sedentary, comfortable life to working out 6 days a week and eating healthy, or now - keeping myself hungry and inspired after I have accomplished so many personal “fit goals”.
Thankfully at the moment, I am not in a fitness rut — I am excited and challenged by old standby workouts with new amazing instructors, and facing new fun challenges in my personal training. But I’m not working on a major milestone - I’m working on maintaining my current level of fitness and sure, losing that 5 pounds of Holiday bloat that I accumulate every year. So how do I stay inspired? Truly, this sounds a bit corny - but a lot of it comes from you - I am motivated by those around me who are in the midst of a goal — either starting something from scratch or jumping back in after perhaps lagging or taking time off.
I also find inspiration in looking at how far I have come. Its so easy to beat ourselves up - start comparing the progress we had early on to the flat line we experience once we have reached our goals. It is OK to be proud of yourself - it's OK to look at yourself in the mirror and say - I can’t believe I just lifted that or just did that class — when even 2 years ago it was a far off goal.
Inspiration also comes from looking at my children and wanting to give them a good example — dragging myself down to the gym in the morning when I’d rather be cuddled in bed or getting in 20 minutes of sweat because that is all I have time for - teaches them that you can prioritize your wellness and it can be done in small manageable, consistent doses. You don’t have to double or triple up on fitness classes (though that can be fun occasionally too).
As I age, I find myself reaching a surprising sense of calm and confidence. Frankly, its the exact opposite of what I thought would happen. The insecurity and anxiety i had about an extra 3 lbs here and there, indulging in that garlic bread, or being away from a treadmill for 2 weeks has been replaced with the air of a consistent, quiet, inner belief in myself and my capabilities. I have seen it all before, and overcome it all. And so yes, that inspires me.
I wish everyone who has set goals for this new year massive success and luck. Remember, you don’t have to go it alone — use the inspiration from others — but never forget it is all up to you - and you alone run the awesome machine that is your mind and your body. Believe in yourself, find your inspiration, and use it. And when all else fails, fix that pony tail and crank up your headphones. I promise - that always works.