Does having the words “fun” and “workout” in the same sentence seem like a contradiction to you?
That’s one of those limiting beliefs that is resulting in your holding onto the weight!
Who said working out had to be a drag? Or worse?
And don’t think that just because my workout was fun that it means it was easy.
An hour later and my face is still beat red and my metabolism revved. I definitely pushed it. And I loved every minute of it!
While I will share what I was doing, the most important thing is to do is find the workout that you enjoy. That you find fun. That you kind-of-wish you were doing at other points in the day.
The key to moving your body consistently is to enjoy it.
And consistency is key to long-term success.
A stumbling block for many women I work with is that they think they have to take up a form of exercise that they hate.
Depending on what your goals are, there are many ways to achieve the results you’re looking for.
For instance, I know women who are in great shape who have achieved their goals by doing everything from walking, to yoga, to tai chi. Others have done Pilates, dancing, boxing, jump-roping, and even hula-hooping. And there are many more options.
Experiment until you find the workout you enjoy.
So what was the workout I did this morning?
If you follow my blog regularly, you know I love dance walking. But heading out in the dark and cold—not so much fun.
A couple of months ago a fabulous reader and fellow blogger introduced me to dance cardio on the treadmill. Now I had spontaneously burst into dance-walking on the treadmill before—and promptly fallen off. But she pointed me to some demonstration videos and I was up and, well, dancing!
And it is intense! And fun! And I’m getting better at it as I do it!
Picking something that you actually enjoy doing significantly increases your chances of releasing the weight–once and for all.
Think of it this way. If you are starting a workout program that you hate, are dreading and despise every moment while you are doing it, how long are you likely to sustain that program?
This is another example of how harnessing your thoughts, feelings, and beliefs and aligning them with your actions is like adding a rocket booster to your ability to achieve your goals.
Find the way that moving your body feels good!
Together we can do it!
Here are my inspirations.
Ben Aaron taking dance walking public
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Wellness Tip of the Day: You didn’t gain the weight overnight, and you won’t lose it overnight. Choose a process that you will enjoy. Thrill in the daily progress.
It was almost exactly a year ago that I decided to become a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and began exploring what that commitment would look like. I selected the most rigorous and challenging program I could find (a minimum of 9 months and 350 hours) and set out to achieve that goal.
Yesterday I received notice from the Institute for Profession Excellence in Coaching (iPEC) that I had passed my oral exam and am now a CPC. As I look back, it has been an incredible year of personal and professional development that was more challenging and rewarding than I could have imagined.
The release and satisfaction that I feel at having successfully achieved this goal is awesome!
So while I still have a week’s worth of intense work to complete my second certification as an Energy Leadership Assessment Index-Master Practitioner, I am giving myself permission this weekend to relax and enjoy my success.
And I encourage you to do the same. Give yourself permission to relax, smile, laugh, and enjoy this weekend—and your life. Celebrate your success, whatever that may be. Pay attention to the connection between lightening up emotionally and physically.
Together we can do it!
Wellness Tip of the Weekend: Give yourself permission to relax, smile, laugh, and enjoy. There is a connection between lightening up emotionally and physically.
As they get older, people tend to find a routine that is comfortable. They’ve identified what they like and what they don’t, and primarily stick with the ideas, beliefs, people, and experiences they know and enjoy. They begin to draw a boundary around themselves and automatically reject anything new.
This is when it’s easy to get caught up in living a comfortable life and forget Who you really are. You can begin living life on autopilot.
But the whole point of life is to expand and grow. It’s setting your sights on something new and using the power of your desire to literally pull Source Energy to and through you to create a brand new thought, perspective, or experience that is unique to you. And as you get your bearings in this new place, you can then look around for something new to ignite a desire within you.
That feeling of exhilaration is literally life-force! It’s the constructive anabolic-energy that helps our bodies heal, rebuild, and flow with physical energy.
This doesn’t mean that you need to go jump out of an airplane or do something extreme, unless that is what you want to do. It’s just as effective—and for most people, actually more so—to just reach for something new that feels good.
While it can feel exhilarating to jump for something that scares you silly, there is still forward momentum in continually reaching for what you enjoy. The key is just to reach.
“I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
One way to reach is to be genuinely curious about life. My Step-Dad is one of the most curious people I know, and can sometimes drive me crazy asking questions that I have no answers to, but I also love how energetic, creative, and mentally agile he is. Well into his 70s, he’s also incredibly healthy, and doesn’t take a single prescription drug.
Being curious opens you up to ideas, thoughts, and creativity. It is a continual voyage of discovery about life, how things work, and how they can be improved. It can also help you find new things that you love.
Actively appreciating what you do have actually opens you up to discovering new things to appreciate.
There are lots of ways to practice appreciation—write down lists of things you appreciate every day, or as you’re going to sleep, mentally visualize all the events of your day that you appreciate. It’s incredibly powerful to focus on what you appreciate before you even get out of bed in the morning.
Focus on What You Love
We’ve all heard the guidance, “Follow your bliss.” Focusing on and doing things that you love helps open you up to new things.
For me, this was exemplified recently on Pinterest, a virtual pinboard where you can find, organize, and share things that you love. I discovered that I love cars—or more precisely, beautiful pictures of beautiful cars.
As someone who can barely tell a Honda from a Toyota, I was startled to discover my heart a-flutter at just the sheer beauty of a Mercedes Silver Arrow. So I created a board called, “Who Knew I Liked Cars?”
I don’t anticipate that my identification of cars on the road will change, but it was fun to discover that I appreciate something I’ve dismissed my whole life. I already know it will give my Step-Father and me something new to appreciate together.
Other ways to reach are to visit new places, try new experiences (I recently tried Zip Lining and loved it!), or talk to new people, even if it’s just standing in the checkout line in the grocery store.
I would love to hear some of the ways that you reach and seek out new things, people, and experiences to enjoy. How does this enhance your life and help you be the best possible version of you?
Together we can do it!
Wellness Tip of the Day: Part of being the best possible version of you is doing things you love, and seeking out new things, people, and experiences to enjoy.