There is literally nothing you can’t do….. if you set your heart and mind to it. There should always be something that you are working toward or trying to accomplish. I am not talking about material things that you are trying to acquire, or buy….. I’m talking about ways to push, improve, and challenge yourself. I have mentioned this before and given several ideas on what you can do in my post “Never Stop”….. read that now if you haven’t already done so.
I make it a daily practice to exercise my creativity and my mind. I do it in different ways to keep from getting bored and so I don’t get stuck in a rut….. Taking online courses, reading, writing poetry, working on possible book outlines, or writing in my gratitude journal. Those things keep me focused on what I’m passionate about and helps me to stay positive by doing what I love. If you love writing too, you probably have a similar practice in place.
Physical fitness requires a little more effort and sometimes….. well, a bit more motivation. At least for me 🙂 This time of year has always been the hardest for me to stay focused on fitness. Mostly because, I have a sweet tooth. It’s that simple. And all of the great and wonderful flavors start coming out in the fall. Huge bags of candy, caramel apples, pumpkin spice lattes, banana creme pie, pumpkin pie, (I think maybe I’ll just say “pies” in general here to save time), fudge….. and on and on it goes. Rolling right into the best food holiday ever, Thanksgiving.
That being said, it is more important than ever to stay motivated and not lose ground on the hard work you have put in all summer. That is why it is so crucial to set goals and have a support team in place to help you achieve them. I call my goals, missions….. Why? Because it sounds cooler and like they are harder to reach, or something like that.
MISSION #1: TOUGH MUDDER (COMPLETED)
This is hands down my biggest fitness motivator of the year!! The event was on Sunday in Black Diamond, Washington and proved to be a test of physical strength, mental strength, and endurance….. as promised. I worked really hard in preparation leading up to this and it definitely made a difference in my performance. Even though it was hard work, we were banged up, bloody, and it rained on us….. We had an absolute blast! I couldn’t have had a more positive, more supportive, or dedicated team. They were spectacular! Our die-hard friends, Favi, Paul, Crystal and Tim. My relentless brother-in-law, Larry. My fearless son, Draven. And, of course, my tough love husband, Trevor….. Or, our now Mudder Family, better known as “Beauties and Beasts”.
For those of you that follow my blog and have read about this endeavour multiple times….. I am sure you are dying to know….. Did I make it without falling as I wanted so badly to do? Nope, not this time my friends. I was without a doubt stronger. But hanging on to monkey bars, spinning wheels and metal rings in the rain….. Takes that superman hand grip strength that I just do not have….. yet. Next year, rain or shine, it’s happening.
I almost forgot, Our mini mudders did a great job as well. Julien and Liam…… They had more fun than challenges, but they did get muddy. Tested their endurance and skills. And learned a valuable lesson about the importance of teamwork. I’m not 100% sure, but I think we have got them hooked! First, Zipline Adventure, then, Kids Obstacle Challenge, now Mini Mudder….. they are already asking about what they get to do next!!
MISSION #2: KICKBOXING CHALLENGE (IN PROGRESS)
Now….. Like I said before, I usually fall out after Tough Mudder. This is the push that I needed to stay focused and moving forward: ilovekickboxing’s 45-day body transformation challenge. And it’s not just the challenge they put out that is driving me to go to class….. It is a $20,000 prize. I don’t know about you, but that is motivation enough for me! I went to my first class of the challenge today and I’m feeling great. I have a pretty intense workout schedule planned for the next month and half, I am really hoping I can maintain it. My husband is my dedicated coach and moral support team, so that should help a lot. I’ll keep you updated on how it goes throughout.
MISSION #3: TO BE ANNOUNCED (UNDECIDED)
If you haven’t set your goals or missions in place for your next phase of fitness, do so now. It is much easier to start adding on pounds when you’re wearing layers and sweats than it is when you have on a tank top and shorts everyday. It is also much easier to go into the holidays already in shape than to completely blow it and have to start all over again afterwards.
Stay happy, stay fit, stay healthy….. And keep moving forward. Anything is Possible!