If you’re still moving toward your goals – you’re winning!
This is the week that gyms start to thin out and more than 70 percent of those who set New Year’s resolutions stop pursuing them. (See NY Resolution stats here.)
It doesn’t help that we’re going on a week of below zero temperatures. But the truth is, ALL I wanted to do when my alarm went off at 5:30 a.m. was stay in my warm bed under the covers and sleep for another hour or two…NOT go to my cardio class and dance around like Prince before my morning coffee! Whose dumb idea was it to sign up for this class anyway?!
Well, if you know me, you know the moral of this story. Of course, I drug myself out of bed and to my 6:30 a.m. cardio class for “fasted state cardio” with only one cup of coffee in my system. While I had a long list of very valid reasons/excuses to miss this class, I forged ahead, all the while cursing my trainer and class instructor Sandra Swami as if it were her fault. Note: I didn’t say I did it with style or class. I just said, I got there! Sometimes we have to go kicking and screaming.
As I wrestled with the decision this morning, I reminded myself of the NY resolution stats – 70% will quit in two weeks – and of course I am not a quitter. I focused on my goals short and long term. The short term goals include my upcoming speech at University of Minnesota Duluth and a photo shoot in one week. Yikes! Perhaps most importantly, I reminded myself there must be a reason I am meant to be there today. I had better go figure it out.
The class was great as always. A new kick ass woman joined us for the first time. I saw all of the regulars. And of course, Sandra is a great teacher. We got our heart rates up, our dance moves on, and did some quality core work and stretching. When all was said and done, I had fun and it felt great.
The best part, I got my hour long workout in, ate a healthy breakfast and was ready to roll for the day before 8:00 a.m. – when most others are either just getting up or sitting in rush hour traffic on the way to work. And, I defied the odds in terms of being willing to pursue my goals and keep myself in the equation no matter how difficult it felt at the time. I don’t know about you, but somehow when something is really challenging for me – even if I have to push past fear or drag myself kicking and screaming – it feels even better, like an even more amazing accomplishment! Do you ever get that feeling?
At the end of our class, Sandra always instructs us to do a big wide arm stretch and then wrap our arms around our bodies and give ourselves a hug…thanking our bodies for what they do for us. This might sound a little corny at first (I admit, I thought so). But, have you ever stopped to think about the amazing things your body just does for you every day? On this particular day, when I was so far from motivated to get up and get moving, let alone get my groove on, I had a lot to be thankful for. So I gave myself an extra big hug.
Many of you are reading this and nodding because you, too, sometimes have to fight for it and you know exactly what I mean. Others of you are the ones running through the long list of excuses in your head about why you can’t work out in the morning, how you are too busy to fit it in, to make time for yourself… Trust me, I know because I was there. So to you, I simply say: YES you can. I know you can! How do I know? Because if I can do it, you can do it. I was right where you are until I made up my mind to change the formula – in my head and in my life.
So, on this frigid cold day in Minnesota. A day when many people will throw in the towel on their resolutions and stop pursing their goals. I ask you. What will you do to defy the odds today? To keep pursuing your intention or your commitment to yourself even if – and especially when – you just don’t feel like it.
I know, that like me, you have within you to do whatever it takes. 🙂 You’ve totally got this!
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