I don’t know about you, but I keep lots of notes…..and I hang on to all of those old notebooks. I have actually been keeping these notebooks since I took the terrifying leap into entrepreneurship back in 2010. They contain topics for future blog posts, ideas for class formats, notes from presenters from different conferences I have attended and random musings that I have found to be insightful or important in some way. Recently, in between my client calls I was looking through some of those notebooks, and stumbled across a Facebook post I had printed out and tucked away from Thomas Plummer.
You know how sometimes the Universe can speak to you in mysterious ways? Well, this was definitely one of those moments. Let me explain.
Lately, I have not been getting my body moving as often as I would like to. The first trimester of pregnancy (and how that affects my thyroid levels) has lead to me being pretty damn fatigued. Not to mention, we have been dealing with all of the recent challenges of owning a small business. Keeping these things in mind, it has been a lot more difficult to keep my health routine in-check.
However, the responsibility to take care of my body is still mine… and mine alone.
So, as I read the words, they proceeded to jump right off the paper and smack me upside the head. It was in that moment I knew exactly why I had opened up the notebook.
I needed a gentle reminder.
A gentle reminder that no one is going to do it for me. No one is going to workout for me. No one is going to eat healthy for me. No one is going to drink the water or take the supplements for me. If I want good health, I have to be willing to “show up” and make a series of choices each and every day.
Because of that, I made some different choices today. I went for an amazing walk today with my husband and daughter and have plans to take another walk tomorrow.
My hope is that this piece from Thom speaks to you the same way it spoke to me.
Where do you need to start making different choices?
“The reality in fitness is few people change until they get smacked in the face by the universe.
You forget you are not the exception to the bad things happening to you that come your way when you find a hundred other reasons to do anything but take care of yourself.
Ignore your body and it will get even and fail you.
Personal fitness is a life test determining how much you value yourself.
Fitness is NOT a punishment for past sins committed in the name of pizza 🍕and beer 🍺.
Fitness IS an expression of how much personal value you place on your own life, and how you want to live that life in the future.
Fitness is also the value you place on the ones you love. People love you, count on you, and expect you to be there in their life for as long as you can.
But you choose to sit, scroll, stare, create excuses and let yourself fadeaway years before your time and all of this was a choice you made every single day of your life.
If you get up and move. If you walk daily. If you find a good coach. If you walk with the kids. All of these daily life choices seem simple, but each one has its own power in your life.
Choose to walk instead of sit, and you made a decision that your life has value.
Walk the dog for an hour and you showed the world you realize your life is a life worth saving.
Give up a few beers and a pizza a month and you can buy a coach for an hour a month to get you on a path that will change your life forever.
The vast majority of the diseases of aging are self-inflicted. We feel we are the exception, and that nothing can touch us. Until it does… And then we would pay anything to have our health back.
You have two choices in fitness.
Let the universe reward you for a life badly lived… Or stand up and fight back shouting to the world, “ I move because I can, I eat well because I am worth it and my life is one of value to be honored for as long as I can buy simple fitness done every damn day until they bury me.”