Start it NOW!

Do it NOW!

If you don’t do it now, this time next week you will be sad that you didn’t START doing it NOW because by next week you would have had an entire week of doing IT and you would be a CHAMPION instead of being a Not Doing It Now Regrettor of Many Things.

Are there things you already regret not starting? Things you could be finished by now, or things that might have reinvented your body, your life, your happiness?

I realized today, splitting wood, that if you don’t start it now, it just isn’t going to get done! Wood splitting is hard (except that I use an electric splitter, but the stacking is hard, and like, splinters) and tedious and takes forever, but you just put one log before the other and before you know it… done. If I start NOW, it will be done by winter. What a great idea!

I started my fitness journey in January. It’s been four months, and today I worked out OUTSIDE. It was glorious! In January, not only was it impossible to workout outside, I also wasn’t able to make it all the way through some of my workout videos. Today? I made a video. Of me. Working out.

That would have been an impossibility four months ago. NO ONE was allowed to see me working out four months ago! (Really, no one should STILL see me, but I’m throwing caution the wind, with jazzy music, and moving with incredibly superhuman speed so there is no stopping me!) I’m so glad I started, instead of waiting to be brave enough, or free enough, or ready enough… I have four months under my belt instead of wishing I had started four months ago!

What is your “it” that you want to start?

Whatever it is… start now! Fitness, a new hobby, a new skill… whatever your THING is that you are pondering… what are you waiting for?

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Focus your intention

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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