Reset, Restart, Remember Why You Started.

This is has been a challenging year in many ways (keeping in mind that I track years from Sept to May) and I have struggled to commit to the goals that I have set for myself. This is not meant to be an excuses post, but more of a reality check for myself and a means of accountability. As the school year comes to a close, I have an opportunity to refocus and put an emphasis on my fitness goals and truly renew my commitment to becoming #safit.

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“When you screw up, skip a workout, eat bad foods, or sleep in, it doesn’t make you a bad person. It makes you human. Welcome to the club. There’s like seven billion of us. ” — Nerd Fitness

 

As I begin to refocus, I have realized what won’t work. A lot of #safit people are runners. And I know that a lot people say “I was never a runner, but I am now. You can be too.” But for what I believe is a deep mental block, I am not a runner and I don’t know that I will ever get past it. For all the positive encouragement and what not, please stop.  Your fitness is not my fitness. It can’t be and for the record, it doesn’t have to be. If anything, I am a swimmer or a really bad dancer or a kick the soccer ball around the back yard person. And there are new things I want to try like yoga or Zumba. But please, let my fitness be my own. If it’s not mine, I am already setup for failure. Fitness has to be enjoyable or else why get up and do it everyday.

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And so, May will be my reset point and I am going to stay focused on what is important. And I am going to remember why I started in the first place. My health. My ability to enjoy the things I want to enjoy. My self-esteem. And I will try new things and set attainable goals. And I will allow myself to fail, because failure is inevitable when starting a new journey.

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Resolve to be a better version of yourself.

Approximately a month ago, I wrote down (read: typed out) my resolutions for 2014. I have never done this before, except maybe for a school assignment way back when. They say that writing a goal down is the first step in achieving it because it makes it real and not just a notion in your head. So being in the second half of my twenty-somethings, I realized that all the goals I had for myself have long been accomplished and my error was that I never set new goals. And this was concerning me, so I wrote down new goals. They may be vague in places and I will continue to sort that out, but I felt that it was important to at least put pen to paper (figuratively speaking).

And so here they are, republished, out in the open to receive my full attention.

  • Eat healthy
  • Exercise regularly, log 500 miles.
  • Move forward: literally, emotionally, spiritually.
  • Read more, 25 books this year at least.
  • Say yes to things that stretch me.
  • Say no to things that don’t serve me.
  • Write more (hence the new blog).
  • Save money; no frivolous purchases.
  • Travel when I can.
  • Make the hard choices.

Life is hard, that’s what I am learning, and sometimes you just need to focus on the small things. Focusing on the small things makes the bigger things seem easier and so I will focus on controlling what I eat and what I give my time to and hopefully, everything else will seem more manageable.