For some reason this year I am more motivated than ever to combat the external forces that can derail even the best laid plans. If you don't have a plan yet, now is the time to put one down on paper and tap into the support that will help keep you on course. It's not enough to think about what you will do, telling someone else that will help you or at least hold you accountable makes it real. This is a very personal issue for me as I tend to "go with the group" and next thing I know I am off track and disappointed with myself.
How many times have we loosely flown through this time of year only to be really bummed out by the end and have to focus yet again on the very same resolutions? Does this really work? I always enjoy the great burst of energy and the hope of new beginnings at the start of each new year, but waiting on that and expecting it to magically fix my issues and focus isn't the answer.
I'm convinced in order to be healthy and fit and really live life to the fullest we must get to the point in which we're consciously making the best possible choices every opportunity, every single day. It has to be a lifestyle if it's going to work. It doesn't have to be obsessive or selfish or fanatical. In fact, if we're doing it right, it probably will simplify our lives to a great extent.
Will Halloween candy, fall feasts, Christmas parties and treats, big family dinners, and out of control schedules sabotage you again this last quarter of the year? I hope not. Today is a good day to start a new way of thinking and living that can be maintained. I'm putting a lot of energy into it this year to see what I can accomplish.
We have so much to be thankful for and so many resources at our disposal. I hope we can start now so we can enter 2010 in good shape with grateful hearts, ready to take on a fresh new year!
If you need an accountability partner, a training program recommendation, a reality check on your eating, I'm here. Feel free to email me anytime.