We went out of town for a week over the Holidays! I took workout clothes, my interval timer and my hand weights and did…. nothing! Actually, what I did was eat lots of food prepared by my grandmothers and sit around chatting. It was lovely and I don’t feel the least bit daunted about picking up where I left off. Whatever frivolities you indulged in over the break should not keep you from picking up right where you want to be today.
Today I’m picking up with Week 2, Day 1 of my 4 Week Workout Plan. That week 1 workout made me so sore I could barely walk for about 4 days. I hope this week will kick just as much booty. It wasn’t too brutal. I’m still a n00b when it comes to getting a good ab workout. However, once I got to the last exercise, the Reclined Oblique Twists, I did get a good laugh at myself. Do you ever get to a point in your workout where you’ve gotten in position to start an exercise and you look down at yourself and realize there is no way you are going to be able to do this? At least you can laugh!
This week’s affirmation is:
I focus on the joy of living my life and helping others where I can.
I tend to be a workaholic. I spend long hours with my work kiddos, then go to rehearsal, then come home to projects. It’s always a wonder my family doesn’t fire me for negligence. I like to feel productive, but unfortunately, more often than not this translates into me being a taskmaster with myself where getting things done is the highest goal. It’s a vicious cycle because once those things are done, I feel empty and start looking for the next thing to “get done.” So this week I am planning on focusing on enjoying each thing I am doing, instead of rushing it to completion. If it’s sitting with my family, being present for my ride/drive to work, cleaning the dishes, et cetera, I will strive to enjoy each moment for what it is: the most important time.
And now on to the other half of that statement, helping others. I really enjoy my healthy life journey and have even fantasized about being a health coach. While I don’t see that in my immediate future, I will focus this week on being more health-helpful to my friends, family and coworkers by listening to their problems and helping find ideas that could for change.
And today’s progress quote:
“Make the most of yourself… for that is all there is of you.”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
I think it would be easy to see this quote and think, “Oh, I better get out there and kick booty as fast as I can.” But I read this and think slow down!! Take care of yourself! When I read the words, “for that is all there is of you” I am reminded of how this life I am living, for all its similarities and commonalities, is singular and unrepeatable. Your life can be crafted and cared for like a work of art that you share with each and every person you come in contact with every day. But to craft your life, you must become both a master and a student. The greatest sculptor has obviously mastered many things, including technique and discipline, but even a master sculptor must be humble enough to listen to the uncarved block of marble. There are many mistakes to be made in life, but if I want to learn from them and become stronger I cannot try to avoid them by rushing forward.
What will you choose to focus on this week?
I want to tie all this together here for a moment. Finding Joy, Helping Others, Making the Most of You – I can’t tell you what these look like for you. I only write about what they look like for me in hopes that my ideas can inspire others to do for themselves. BUT I can tell you what these things are NOT. I titled this post “My Best Me is Here, Now” because of a need to honor myself today. How often do we look at a magazine cover and see the words: Be a _______ (better, stronger, skinnier, sexier) you in 14 days? Goals are GREAT because they help you figure out how to successfully implement big changes, but remember that the better, skinnier, stronger, healthier you that you may be in the future is already here, now.