“Do you ever feel already buried deep? Six feet under screams, but no one seems to hear a thing. Do you know that there’s still a chance for you? ‘Cause there’s a spark in you, you just gotta ignite the light, and let it shine. Just own the night like the 4th of July. ‘Cause baby, you’re a firework. Come on, show ‘em what you’re worth.” -Firework (Katy Perry)
2 days ago I did something that I thought I would NEVER do! My friend and I attended the Beachbody Canada launch in Calgary. That in itself is a milestone for me – just attending a big fitness event…say what?! But the real kicker is that I participated in a group work out with Tony Horton– AND I survived! (even when he came around to correct my form -which in a previous life would have caused me to die from embarrassment! (because I was sweaty, and the expert was pointing out my “flaws”). Honestly though, being sweaty showed that I was actually doing the workout and who better to learn from than Tony himself?) Why exactly is this so shocking you might ask? Well, I spent years telling myself that I wasn’t good at sports, that I was uncoordinated, that I would never be fit, that I couldn’t run, that I was fat – and many other negative stories about my body and physical ability. I have a few friends that are runners, and I always loved the idea of running, but could never actually get into doing it consistently. I used to tell myself I was lazy because of that. I would join a gym and go for a couple months and then lose interest because I wasn’t seeing results. I told myself that I couldn’t do it and that there was no point in trying anymore. I would just end up feeling frustrated and bad about myself.
What caused this strong desire to get fit/be healthy? There are 2 reasons: 1) my Dad died at the age of 58 with what the doctor said was the body of a 74 year old man. He was on all sorts of medications. I am choosing a different future for me. 2) I always ask myself what I want my life to look like when I’m 80 – as I reflect back on how I lived. Part of that involves how I treat others (Am I kind? Did I help people when I could?), and part is how I take care of myself (Was I true to who I am? Did I love myself?). I believe that eating healthy, being physically and mentally strong, along with enjoying life’s simple pleasures are important for self-care and will keep me young for years.
“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live.” ~Jim Rohn~
So, what motivated me to get off the couch and start my journey towards a healthier me? It’s been a process – not difficult, but it does take time – and you actually have to do the work. The first thing I did was start eating healthier – not just for losing weight but in order to feel better (less bloated, more energy, etc.) Last March, I started juicing (at least 3 times per week). I LOVE it! The next step was to address WHY I wasn’t exercising when I said I wanted to. I called a life coach friend of mine, Sarah Papp, who helped me immensely with one statement that she had learned through Nike: “every BODY is an athlete.” It allowed me to drop the attachment to my life-long “I’m not an athlete” story. She also talked to me about her own struggles and how she overcame them by viewing her body as a machine and by being grateful for her body instead of hating it. A few months after that, I was ready to decide what type of fitness program I wanted to do. I realized that for me, exercise has to be fun and convenient – otherwise I’m not going to commit and be consistent. I knew that my super fit friend Shawna was involved in Beachbody, so last November I finally asked her about it. 3 months later, I work out 6 days a week, I’ve tried spin class (and loved it!), I went to a belly dancing class (and actually had fun!), I have taken up snowshoeing (I don’t really like winter so it helps to have an outdoor activity I enjoy), I’ve lost 12 pounds, and I feel fantastic!
Am I where I’d like to be fitness wise? No, but I’m working on it, and having fun getting there! I see results, and it’s rewarding. It gives me confidence and motivates me to do more. I know I can do anything I set my mind to. What will work for you? I can’t say for sure. The key is to try a few things (and be willing to suck at something new) until you find the thing you love. Ask for help from people who are doing what you’d like to do. They will have tons of great advice on how they achieved their goals. Find your spark, believe in yourself, and just go for it!
Like Tony Horton says, “do your best, and forget the rest!”