Welcome to the dark days of winter, or at least that is how it feels. The upside is that we are creeping into longer days. S.a.d.d. and healthy dose of below the freezing point has taken over and everyones' resolutions have long been forgotten. So how does one get unstuck or keep up the promise of the new year with spring right around the corner?
I joined a running class. As much as I would rather not, I did it. I had every excuse in the world come at me, but over my dead body was I not going to show up or let the running trainer know I have issues. Here is my accountability.
I am going to stop here...
This is where the paradigm shift is going to happen. I purposely joined this class because of the trainer...https://www.instagram.com/lauriej11/?hl=en Laurie is someone I would call a friend. As for her being a woman she is the finest kickass specimen around. If I lack motivation, she finds it and shares it, not to show that she is better than me, but to raise my shit up and spread it like a fire. Accountability to her is more important than my not wanting to run or the zillion other things Murphy has tossed at me that morning. If you are not motivated, then find a person or people that makes being motivated look easy, for they have overcome that hurdle to be motivated themselves. They know what it takes, and bullshit will be called out. When looking for motivation, know that your pride will need to take a back seat.
Back to this class. Did I die, no, but I came so close... My pride was a little hurt for I had some goals of which I did not make. Did I let that determine my next run and what happens in classes to follow? No, I just set that goal again and hit that bitch even harder each and every time until the goal is met. Conquering one goal creates momentum towards the next goal. Once it is rolling you will want to build on it.
Having littles can also set you straight. They help turn that resolution into a revolution. Kids are a great motivation for they don't have the hangups that we adults are constantly fighting. Bella is already a belt and a stripe closer to that yellow.
Grab your goals and set them... they don’t have to be all health or exercise driven. What they should be is hard to obtain and maybe even a little terrifying.
Give your goals a voice. A DAILY recognition of what is at the finish line, keep it fresh.
Support. This is critical, a crew of ACCOUNTABILITY, you will always need someone to pick you up or call you on your bullshit.
You have already given up on the new you for the new year... MOTIVATION is not just passed out, to find it and use it takes work and great support.
Did I mention that my teacher Laurie qualified for the Boston Marathon her first attempt... yeah she is bad ass. This woman has had ups and downs,
I watched her struggle with injuries and training for the marathon all while smiling, driving her self crazy, tears, anger all of it, what makes her a great running trainer