As you may know from some of my earlier blog posts, I am pursuing exceptional health for the first 10 weeks of 2009. My intention is to release 10 pounds and to attain a 0.7 waist hip ratio. I started the year really strong and focussed. I released 5 pounds during the first 10 days and I was elated.
Then reality snuck in and fouled me up. I intentionally went off the wagon for a few days when I escaped to my annual Garden Symposium at The Inn at Honey Run with my gardening girlfriends. A few glasses of wine and those dinners that included home baked breads and treats added 2 pounds back on before I knew it. As much as I had limited my carbs and chosen the fish and leaner options for my meals, I quickly learned that my body doesn’t do well with even modest indulgences.
I have forgiven myself for the gain and I am again focussing on my multi-dimensional approach to get those remaining pounds and inches off. My plan includes adding more Isagenix shakes as meal replacements, getting at least 8 hours sleep per night and integrating more strength training into my exercise regimen.
On Tuesday night I discovered a new and unexpected element to help with my success – a new gym and group strength classes. Holy cow!
This class was filled with slender, firm people in their 20′s. There were a sprinkling of older folks, but clearly I was probably the oldest in the room. The workout was non-stop and intense. It was satisfying to discover that I could keep up. The best part was the added level of difficulty provides the push that I need to get out of my fitness rut. I didn’t even realize how much I needed this until I was in the middle of class.
Looking around the room at all the fit people made me think positively about how my body will improve in a few weeks. This class will build my muscles and burn more calories without a doubt. I had no idea what I had been missing and felt wonderful about my decision to try something new. I am motivated in a new way.
Think about how you might find some new motivation toward important goals you have made. Maybe it lies in joining a new group, pursuing more training, paying somebody to help you or just reading more. What matters is broadening your horizon for a bigger picture of the solutions available.
Instead of imagining the possibilities, actually put yourself into an environment to experience them.