There’s a paradox in the starting of a fitness routine.
It only takes a little bit of time… but you have to fight to squeeze it in.
You have to want to start it… but you have to really want to keep going.
It’ll make you feel better… but it’s gonna hurt to get there.
So… it’s easy, but it’s hard.
Why can’t it just be easy, painless and quick instead of hard, ouch-y and slow?
Fitness programs are successful when you are ready to be a success doing them. I have spent the last several years wishing to be fitter, planning to exercise, thinking about losing weight… and indulging in sporadic fitness adventures that fizzled before I really saw any results. I tried Weight Watchers but it didn’t excite me enough to stick with it. I kayaked until the black flies got too bad. I biked until my ipod died. I cut out wine… for two days.
I wasn’t ready.
I didn’t want it badly enough.
I couldn’t maintain my good intentions because I was focused on it being easy and quick, instead of becoming an enduring part of my daily habit.
“Weight loss doesn’t begin in the gym with a dumb bell; it starts in your head with a decision.”
– Toni Sorenson
It’s been really hard for me to start… and now I can’t stop! My internet died the other day in the middle of one of my streaming workout videos and I was wild! I’m getting out of bed twenty minutes earlier (4:40 in the am, people. Try it! It’s awesome!) so I can squeeze in two half hour videos before work. I’m planning my day around being able to get out to walk, or bike… pushing supper later, spending less time online… and fitness has become my routine, on a daily basis. It wasn’t easy to get here, but the more I focus my intention on my own wellness the more motivated I am to get it done.
One of my favorite Beachbody videos starts with that imperative… Focus your Intention. Remember why you started. What is it that you want? I’m finding that this idea motivates me through my day as well as through my workout. When I focus my intention for the day, I feel successful, I feel powerful, I feel motivated.
What do I want?
How am I going to get there?
When my intention is clear, my effort becomes second nature.
Focus your intention, and go for it!
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