As we age, we become wives, moms, business owners, students and employees. We are housekeepers, chefs, taxi drivers, teachers, nurses, personal shoppers and accountants on a daily basis. Most of our days are filled with helping others. However, there is another version of you deep down covered up by all these hats and uniforms.
I want you to think back - maybe 30 or 20 years ago. What physical activity made you happy when you were little? Playing soccer? Dance class? Ice skating? Did you worry about the time you spent to do the activity? Did you stress about failing? Or, did you love every minute you were at practice, have fun and really enjoy yourself?
Where did this girl go?
Often, I wonder if we lose sight of personal goals due to added priorities or is it due to a fear of failure? Or do we feel a sense of guilt taking the time to do something for ourselves?
This month, I am encouraging you to dare to dream again.
It's okay to take time for yourself to work out. It's okay to be your old self. In addition to a personal aspect, having your child witness you creating goals and working hard is so valuable.
Believe me, anything can happen in the next 12 months. Did I know in January of 2016 that I'd run a marathon before the year was finished? Not at all. At the end of 2015, the longest I had run was a 4 miler! These days, I feel so much like my younger self - I feel as though the fire has been rekindled from within and nothing is impossible. My goals are exciting, yet scary. I crave to put the time and tough work in to try to succeed. I cannot wait to see what this year will bring.
The truth of the matter is, we are not getting any younger. Why not make 2017 your year? The new year brings a blank slate; an open field of new opportunities. A year from now, you'll wish you had started today.
Use these tips to help kick off the year:
1. Set a goal. Find your spark. Be excited. Your goal can be related to diet, weight loss or exercise. 2. Share your goal with family and friends. Having a support system is helpful and if your significant other, children or a friend can join you; even better! 3. Value your workout time and view exercise as an investment in your health. Don't think of exercise as another demand on your time. 4. Make a plan to achieve your goal. Unsure how to make a plan? Feel free to message me or another HIITLAG instructor. 5. Miss a workout? Practice forgiveness. I don't recommend missing too many, but it will happen. Pick back up the next day. 6. Celebrate successes, no matter how small. Disappointed to only lose a pound? Anxious because you could only run for 5 minutes without stopping? These are steps in the right direction; keep on going. 7. Have fun! Live in the moment, be intentional and don't worry what chores or errands need to be completed.