I am part of a fitness app community (all women) and have received quite a few questions. I posted a before and after and have shared my experience of cycling through ups and downs. I am NOT an expert in nutrition or movement, I am a 53-year-old Mom who has enjoyed activity for the last 12 years and had the fortune of great coaches who taught the basics of proper form and movement. I have also learned through my own trial and error.
A few tricks I shared with the fitness community that have worked for me:
1. post an inspirational photo on fridge or pantry door
2. buy what will support your lifestyle (you can’t eat what you don’t have)
3. pause before reaching for that snack and ask, am I hungry and do I need or want it and drink a glass of water
4. find a healthy alternative that satisfies your craving – for me, it’s rice cakes with peanut butter cause I love carbs
5. Eat to fuel and when hungry (with the good stuff :-)) don’t deprive…that usually ends-up in slowing down metabolism and indulging in bad stuff
6. trust the process, it takes time to reach an I love how I feel phase where momentum takes over
7. remember, it’s a lifestyle not a diet with a beg and end
8. be flexible and forgiving
9. it’s only a wish until action supports the desire to make the changes
You are not alone. Love yourself to be the best you can however that may be and may be and look. You vs you.
I was afraid of change
It took almost 4 years to make a decision that I never wanted to make (2012)
It was mutual
Kids are resilient and they are my heroes
The transition has been more smooth than any of us could every hope for but it requires forgiveness, effort and with the childrens’ best interest foremost
Don’t ever lose hope
It may seem impossible
But decisions are choices
Dictate your current
One life, make it yours
When I run, jog and/or walk, I often find myself thinking more thoughtfully and today’s thought fell upon how much negative chatter consumes so much of my daily thought. How is it possible I make it through the day without serious self-esteem issues affecting my daily interactions. Worse, I couldn’t recall the last time I had a day devoid of negative chatter, how sad I thought to myself.
Then I started thinking, and pardon my generalization, how is it that men can (so seemingly and easily) celebrate small accomplishments yet women find it more difficult to celebrate any success without qualifying it.
I don’t ever recall a Mother proclaiming she was amazing for all she had accomplished during the day because, after all, she was ONLY doing what was expected. And the comment, “what ELSE do you do?” upon answering your vocation as a Mom. I was dumbfounded when asked this once…as if!
Back to the negative chatter…I would like myself (and all of us women) to replace negative chatter with positive mantras. With each step I took on my run today, I imagined quashing each and every negative thought that came to mind. Let us support each other in celebrating our successes how little or big they may SEEM and replace our negativity with positivity because we DESERVE it.
Do it because you can and will even if you don’t always want until you can’t. My intention is to be more positive with my thoughts for not only myself but my daughter and (son) and to find inspiration to live a life of passion.
Just yesterday, I couldn’t stop watching a clip of Stephen Curry receiving his MVP award and remarked to my son, “what an inspiration” to which he replied, “but you aren’t even a basketball player”. My response, “every word of advice he shares can be applied to anyone’s life”. He walks his talk and is all he is because of what he deeply believes with passion and purpose. Believe!