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Fitness Friday: celebrate life

Fitness FridayWelcome to the first ever Fitness Friday! From now on I want Fridays to be a look back at my week in fitness.

This week was a pretty good one. I started working out in the mornings, which has made a huge difference in my energy levels and general mood after only two days. It also means I might never miss a workout again (unless I’m sick or injured) because getting it out of the way before the toddler wakes up means she can’t derail my workout plans!

The Slimdown is going really well. The workouts are getting tougher, but I should be done with the whole program in the first week or so of July. I’m trying to decide whether I want to just stop at the end of June to make it easier to move on to the next monthly challenge, or go ahead and finish this out. I think I’ll finish, because I really want to do the full program before taking measurements and after pics. I’m excited to see how it goes.

This morning I was reading my usual blogs and came across this MizFit post. In it, MizFit remembers a dear friend who she lost to cancer, and she encourages us all to do a few things today:

A two-fold assignment request if you will:

  • Take a moment today to STOP, reflect, identify a recent success and *celebrate* you. No matter how seemingly insignificant MAKE the time to recognize a step you’ve taken toward creating the life you desire.
  • Find the time today to remind someone else of their successes. Email, call, tweet, blog-comment, visit a friend & let him/her know one way you’ve noticed she’s been successful lately. It may seem silly (hell it may even feel incredibly awkward) but I guarantee you’ll make her day & perhaps, as Sue did for me, propel her onward toward continued success.

And so today I want to honor her friend, and every friend and family member who has inspired me on this and so many other journeys.

Assignment #1: Recognize ME – I can feel it already, this one is going to make me cry.  I can be really, really hard on myself.  My husband has helped me to see that I have a nasty habit of belittling my own achievements and progress.  With weight loss, I tend to look at myself in the mirror and see all of the things I still have to change instead of the progress I’ve made.  With food, I worry about the ways I’m still not perfect instead of realizing I have made huge changes.  And so today, enough is enough.  The truth is, I am doing GREAT things here.  I am making huge changes in the health and strength of not only myself but my precious family.  I am taking gradual steps toward the ideal lifestyle, the best health for all of us.  I have lost 32.5 pounds of extra weight!  I am ROCKING this Slimdown program, and I’m even doing it with five pound weights instead of the three pound ones used in the DVDs.  I am awesome, and I deserve to be proud.  (I was right… it made me cry…)

Assignment #2: Remind someone else of their success – I know just who I need to talk to on this one.  My beautiful Brandi.  I know you’re reading, so you’d better listen good.  I know you’re struggling right now with a couple of things.  I know it feels like you can’t do this.  I know you’ve got a lot on your mind and a lot to juggle with family and work and motherhood, but I want to remind you of something VERY important.  I know I’ve said it before, but YOU inspired me to do this in the first place.  YOU… your strength, your beauty, your determination to make yourself the best you could be.  Your drive to get and stay healthy, your amazing dedication to your loved ones.  You are my inspiration in so many ways.  You are so vibrant, so loving, so amazing.  Thanks to your fantastic, nurturing parenting, you are raising a breathtakingly beautiful, smart, and kind little girl who is going to move mountains.  You can do anything.  ANYTHING.  Are you listening?  Good.  I love you.  (Poophead… you made me cry again.)

Now go on.  Get out there and make your own declarations.  I don’t care if you don’t have the time.  Make the time.  It will lift your spirits a little, and maybe someone else’s too.


More from me:

I’m a bad friend…



3 Responses

  1. Gosh, did I need that today. I will write my own version on my blog soon. Thank yu.

  2. thank you so much for honoring my friend.

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