Tuesday, December 15, 2009

New Year Challenge

It's been a while, but I'm back...so the holidays ya they are CRRRAAAAZZYY!!! I avoid the Black Friday shopping bananza like the plague. I did it one year, waited in the freezing cold in the wee hours of the morning just to NOT get what I wanted. NEVER AGAIN!!! I know it's a tradition for most of you out there, but it is one tradition I will never grasp onto. I like my sleep, no let me rephrase that...I LOVE my sleep. And honestly, I don't like fighting LARGE crowds, MEAN people, and LONG lines. I would rather pay $10 more than have to race for the "good stuff" Although I could probably take anyone that got in my way:) I'm just sayin... so Christmas doesn't get done until the last minute at our home. We always get most of the stuff early, but then wait until the 23rd to get the rest...it's ridiculous really and goes against what I just said above because when it gets close to crunch time LARGE crowds, MEAN people, and LONG lines start to emerge. So I guess I'm no different than anyone else, I'm just a procrastinator so I have my long list of excuses to cover myself..lol

So with the craziness of the holidays comes the MOUNDS and MOUNDS of food, and delicious treats. And my tips are very limited at this time of year. I LOVE my treats like I LOVE my sleep. So what's the big secret? How does one stay in good shape? Well...it's not going to be a magical answer, or anything you haven't heard before...It takes a DECISION and then putting that decision into ACTION. I know, soooo profound, right? Our minds are actually very powerful, no let me rephrase that they are EXTREMELY powerful. What you tell yourself everyday has an enormous influence on what you believe about yourself, and what you do on a day to day basis. I'm reading this book called The Slight Edge I recommend it it will give you a new perspective on what you spend your time doing day to day. It has given me a new perspective on the power of doing the little things in life. You all know I exercise 5-6 days a week, but I didn't always. In fact 2 years ago I did a whole lot of nothing. Something clicked for me. I can't put my finger on it, but my perspective changed. I made the DECISION to go for it, just to see if I could. Then I actually started seeing the changes. Before the changes I still saw myself as the athletic girl from high school, who could kick anybody's trash on any field or court they put in front of me. Then I took a before picture and started doing P90X and took a HUGE bite of humble pie.  I hadn't realized what I had been doing, which was nothing. You can't be fit if you just do nothing, but for whatever reason I felt like I was the exception to the rule. From that point on my life has changed FOREVER. But here's the kicker....I didn't get there in a day, a week, a month, or even 90 days! I am on day 400 since I got P90X! Time flies... Each of those days of working out adds up, and so do all the days I didn't, however, I can look myself in the mirror and say about 340 of those days have been workout days:) give or take a few. How many days did you workout this year, compared to how many days you didn't? Put all expectations of what I mean here out of your mind. I am not giving my statistics for a pat on the back or a round of applause or anything of the like. This is not about getting the "body" this is about health. The Center of Disease Control states that 67% of noninstitutionalized adults age 20 years and over are overweight or obese! That is epidemic proportions! The slight edge basically means, what we do or don't do adds up. It may not kill you today not to exercise, but if you add up all the days you don't you are that much closer to a shorter life. You could make that statement about a lot of things, but the new year is coming up QUICK. And though most people start "thinking" about their health for the new year, very few stick with it. It's very difficult to climb back on the wagon once you've fallen off, and sometimes even harder to climb on for the first time, but I am throwing out a challenge. What if 340 days from today you could look in the mirror and say you did it? Do you think your body would change in that amount of time? I know it would! It has for me and I feel like if I don't share my experience, or share what I have found for myself, I would be cheating all of you. Pick a program from Beachbody, or go to the gym, or whatever, just get active and let's do this thing! Be here a year from now. Commit to working out 4 to 5 days a week. If you commit 4 days that's 274/365, and 5 days a week is 292/365. Find a buddy, or a coach;) (it's FREE to have me as a coach, no strings attached) to support you and hold you accountable. You can sign up for a free membership  just click on join and then try free membership. You'll have access to tools that will help you keep track of your progress. That's right I said FREE, no catch, just FREE! It has made all the difference for me, and it can do the same for you...