Where the magic happens

Where the magic happensWhen I decided to change things, to get fit, it wasn’t  just a one thing that needing tweaking. A landslide of minor adjustments cumulated in this new lifestyle direction.

It began with the exercise. And moved to the food. And drink. Above all, it was a mental game of why this was worth it, why I wanted it, and why I should keep at it.

The other day I posted about my motivation to get healthy because sometimes I need to remind myself why I’m doing what I’m doing.

Why I said yes.

Why I’m out moving my ass before work, after work and for a good part of each weekend for month after month.

Why I’m saying no to beer and chocolate and wings and yes to spinach and cilantro and protein shakes.

I’ve gotten to the point where I like it.  When I peruse a menu in a restaurant, I’m no longer cheating on wings with spinach but vice-versa.  Balance & moderation, of course, are wonderful enigmas in my life as I’m so black and white, with no 50 shades of grey.  Give me one wing, and I need the whole basket of them. Ditto for booze.

On the flip side it is the same for working out: I crave those post-run feelings and hitting my training schedule bang on all week long. I don’t want an occasional spot of exercise, I want to feel the burn daily and truly embrace those two rest days each week (all hail Mondays and Fridays!). I don’t want to do anything half-assed.

Most of all, I don’t want to swindle myself out of a healthier me just because I’m afraid to step out of my comfort zone.

My strategy has become to put myself first, and to surround myself with like-minded people…those who want a change, who want to be healthy and are uplifting and encouraging.  This means real-time friends, and Facebook friends; any support group willing to push me and hold me accountable.

The concept of sharing your goals truly does make a difference.  And why set a goal? Because if you don’t, it’s not going to happen. Failure is not an issue.  Failure is part of the road to success.  And I’m okay with that right now.

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.

~Michael Jordan

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