Friday, October 19, 2012

Fitness for Christmas

In case you missed my first post, my goal is to drop 10 pounds by Christmas.  Last week was my first week to publicly proclaim this goal.  Naturally, as soon as I said it, everything went haywire.  My regular schedule was disrupted with good things, but still, it was disrupted.  While my nutrition stayed pretty on track, with room for improvement, I missed a lot of workouts.

Last night I taught my Turbo Kick class and left feeling on top of the world.  I went into that class with the weight of the world on my shoulders and pressure mounting. Lesson learned: the more stress (good or bad) in my life, the more I NEED my workout.  Building up a good sweat and releasing endorphins is like opening a pressure valve in my chest.  All the tension came out in the form of sweat.

I've been reminded that exercise makes me a better person.  What do I mean?   Well, I can look down my nose at all the couch potatoes.  Ha! Just kidding.  No, I am better able to deal with all the other people and events in my life better.  I can roll with the punches more easily. So many times in my past, I've said "I don't have time to exercise", "I'm too busy with my kids and husband", "I have too much work to do".  What I've learned over these passed couple years is that it is important to put myself first.  I've learned to make myself a priority, not in a selfish way, but in a way that allows me to give more to my family without feeling resentful and exhausted.

Everyone in my life benefits from my commitment to fitness.  Simply put, when I release stress through exercise, I don't release it through screaming.  (Don't tell me I'm the only one who loses her temper, please!) Exercise makes me better at every role I play in my life.   It's still difficult to get it done when my schedule interferes with my plans, but I am committed to making myself a better all-around person.

Are you ready to see how making yourself and your fitness a priority in your life can benefit your family and everyone around you?  Why not join my in my challenge?  I'd LOVE the company on this journey!  Comment below and we'll talk about how to get started. 

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