We are working on a little Mother’s Day project and need your voice!
Email your “fill-in” for the statements below (or some version thereof), a photo of you and your mom/children and enjoy a chance to win a $125 Blakely FIT gift certificate!
“My mother taught me about strength by…
“Being a mother taught me about strength by…
Whether you do it for the gift or do it for the moms – we are honored to have your input! Thanks so much!
Email fill-ins and photos to: firstname.lastname@example.org or just post below.
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When did living healthfully become such a chore? I say, bring the fun back! (That is the f-word I was referring to, of course.) When we were kids we could make a game out of anything. Tap into that silliness and free-spirit again and let your body move.
I’m inspired by my brothers and husband who last Sunday grabbed a few Frisbees and started playing a rather intense game of catch. This escalated into an impromptu photo shoot of unbelievable shots (uh-um). We were laughing, moving and having a fantastic time acting like goof balls. Let’s bring the f-word back to being fit and have a good time while doing it.
Somewhere along the line I overheard an Alcoholics Anonymous tool that resonated. And has benefited my clients ever since.
Every alcoholic is tempted after making it through recovery. After working so hard to attain sobriety, the patient is invited to think through how that first sip of alcohol would play out. At best, drinking again would be a weekend lost to decisions under the influence, at worst, a slide back into the disease taking hold of their life and volition. Whether you agree that healthy living is as serious as sobriety or not, I ask you to use this tool if it helps.
Here are some client examples…
- In the moment I am about to fall asleep on the couch, PLAY IT OUT: I’ll feel much better if I just drag myself to bed right now and get a solid night’s sleep.
- In the moment I am about to hit the break room to see what pastries our vendor brought, PLAY IT OUT: If I keep walking, I’ll avoid the three trips back that will inevitably follow my first taste and make me feel like I should just throw in the towel for the rest of the day too.
- In the moment I am about to berate my body because I’m not quite where I want to be physically, PLAY IT OUT: That kind of negative self talk only results in extreme and temporary behaviors, encourages feeling bad about myself, being crabby and eventually causes me to comfort my feelings with food.
- In the moment I am about to start another extreme workout regimen, PLAY IT OUT: Injury and exhaustion are on the horizon, I’ll end up forced to rest after pushing too hard and damaging my health more than helping it.
Whatever your “first sip” is, do yourself a favor and take a moment to PLAY IT OUT. It could be an easy tool that brings you to a happier ending.
I’m rooting for you and here to help if you need it!