Good morning and happy Monday! Did you have a fabulous weekend? I hope you did! Things were great around here – did a bit of celebrating Makenzie’s upcoming birthday with a girls’ day, watched UGA come through with a win on Saturday night, and a fun filled Sunday with church, small group, family time, and a hot yoga class. Another little perk of the weekend – participating in something my friend Sarah created called Monthly Mailers. Basically, you sign up and get partnered with another member to whom you send out a card or other little something sometime that month.
I sent out a a card congratulating Caitlin on her recent marathon and a small Starbucks card and then received a cute card with a super sweet message that left me smiling from Karen. It’s fun to receive a good old fashioned card or letter in the mail. If you’re interested, go ahead and sign up for the next month!
Now to today’s topic of choice. A little motivation for Move It Monday, since sometimes we all need that motivation to actually move it.
Change. It’s typically a scary concept…except when it comes to achieving our fitness goals. In that case, we want the change to happen right now. Drastically. Noticeably. We say we will put in the work, but then lose determination when we must wait for the results. Our impatience derails us. Our efforts begin to slide. The results we desire delay even more. And we sit, wondering, why we haven’t found success.
The same holds true for the opposite effect. We think our daily bad habits aren’t doing that much to our health, but they can make a big impact over time. Earlier this year, I worked hard with my husband to prepare our house to put it up for sale and move. As more and more time went into the seemingly never-ending projects, less and less time went into my workouts and healthy meal planning. I made less time for fitness and we ate out a lot more than usual. That equation led to some weight gain over the four month period. More important than that, I didn’t feel my best as I didn’t care well for my body.
In order to get back to where I know I feel best, I didn’t do anything drastic. I simply picked back up my healthy habits and over time found myself back at my happy weight. I believe impatience kills our goals. Yet, if we let go of the big deadlines and frustrated attitudes, we may find ourselves actually reaching our goals faster. And with less fret, stress, and all around crazy. I know taking it day by day worked for me and I have no doubt it all adds up to change for anyone. So remember that while you can’t change your body in a day, you can change it day by day.
Your Turn: What is a habit you have changed that over time you saw make a big impact? How did you take it day by day or make small progressions in those changes?