Being fit means different things to all of us. If I weigh 125 pounds, my idea of fit is living a life that builds strength, maintains my weight, and makes me feel good about the life I’m living. If I were much heavier than that, my fitness goals might include losing fat and building muscle for strength, burning more calories, and feeling good about myself. If I were a healthy weight, but didn’t live a healthy life, my plan might mean changing what I eat, stopping bad habits, and doing whatever I need to do to make myself feel stronger and happier.
Wherever you fit on this spectrum, you can make these changes permanently to live a satisfying life in which you feel good about yourself, your physical ability, and your health. You are bound to breach your promise with yourself, but these are opportunities to learn about ourselves, not setbacks. They are just steps in the process of learning what you want for yourself. Any time you make a choice to be better, healthier, more fit, you are making a promise to yourself. Just because you slip at the beginning (or whenever), before you’ve made a full transition into a new lifestyle, doesn’t mean you should stop or get down on yourself.
Last week, I asked you to choose one thing to replace in your life with something better for you. I hope you found the perfect thing to let go of and the perfect thing to replace it with. If it wasn’t so perfect, and wasn’t so easy, then don’t sweat it. Perhaps it wasn’t the best thing to start with.
This week, take another look. Evaluate how your week was without that one thing you decided to replace and if it was easy, then keep on keepin’ on! If it was hard, this week, choose something different. Anything that will bring you to a place where you can embrace this change. This one change. The more you practice embracing change, the more your brain is willing to accept it as an alternative to the way you are living. The more things you comfortably replace in your life for those that bring you to a state of fitness, the more easily your mind accepts that you can not only function, but be happy and satisfied with these changes.
This week, make a promise to yourself. Promise yourself to let go of one thing, regardless of what it takes. It’s only seven days. Seven days that you can live through without that one thing. If you found last week’s change really difficult, commit to the same change again…just give it your all and then give a little more. Let’s give ourselves another chance to practice this important strategy so we can exercise it each week more comfortably as we move on to other topics and ideas on what it means to be fit and how to get there.
If you found last week’s change easy, choose something else that might be more challenging for you. Commit to letting it go and replacing it with something that will make you feel healthier and proud of your achievement.
These aren’t marching orders. You don’t have to do this at all. If you do, you choose to. But you can choose to make it better. Make a promise to yourself for a better life. A healthier life. A happier life. A satisfying life. (Click to tweet!)
If you like, come back this week and share your thoughts and your progress. I’d love to hear how you’re embracing this challenge. Take a moment and think about how this is affecting you and describe it for us if you can. Is it easy? Is it challenging? Do you love it? Do you hate it? Saying these things out loud or sharing them here can help to put the ways this exercise is impacting us into perspective and give us strength to move forward one day at a time.
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