Today I'd like to tell you a story about Twenty-Thirteen.
It's a deeply moving and tender story about the health and fitness quest of one 47-year-old, peri-menopausal, well-intentioned, quasi-professional—okay, professional—scrapbooker and rabid fan of assorted cheeses.
I know what you're thinking: New York Times Best Seller List all the way.
While the story would fit nicely into the novella millieu, I'm going to give you the Cliff Note's version in the interest of time:
In 2013 I ate a bunch of shit that was bad for me and I stopped exercising consistently. The End.
I've written frequently over the past few years about weight, fitness, food and my struggle to find balance, health and happiness in the process.
Something I've done quite well in this space is whine and feel sorry for myself.
In the past, it's felt really good to just let it out. Woe is me. I can't figure this out. I try so hard. Poor, poor me.
[insert dramatic sigh here]
But thanks to my therapist, I have realized something in the past several months: that whole woe is me mentality? It just doesn't give me the same thrill that it use to. And what exactly was that thrill?
To feel like a victim of my choices instead of the person who was actually making them and being responsible for them.
One of the best things that's happened in 2013 is connecting to this idea: judgment (woe is me) has no place in making real changes.
Instead, removing judgments and looking at the facts have helped me to see pretty clearly what is needed for this process.
There's no big secret. It's simple: do what is needed.
For me, it's a few things:
1. Eat better
2. Move more
3. Wake up each day and keep working on implementing numbers 1 and 2.
Nowhere in this short list is perfection required. But part of what will continue to help me is trying to see, every day, what is needed.
So I'm kicking off 2014 with a jumpstart. And oh lawdy, do I need it.
The Move More, Eat Well Jumpstart, more than anything, is designed to help you connect to what is needed for you and your life. Every day I'm going to ask you the very same questions I've been asking myself through the past 12 months, as I start to connect the dots to better health and fitness.
And every day I'm going to work through the process myself as I get back on track to making better choices for me and my body.
Back in 2010, I dropped 40 pounds in 9 months. All I saw was a scale. All I cared about were dramatic numbers that I could post every month on my blog. I mean, hell! If this couch potato could do it, so could you! Right?
But restricting calories and running 20 miles week turned out to not be as sustainable as I thought. Imagine that!
But I still believe that I can be healthier. Stronger. Swifter. More energized.
I've seen how being more physically active spilled over into every area of my life: work, personal, spiritual.
I really liked what I saw and want some of that back.
I invite you to join me for the Move More, Eat Well Jumpstart. This class will be a live 31-day workshop in January. During the month, I'm going to email you every day with assorted questions, prompts and challenges. I'll also be hosting four Saturday video chats where we can get together, touch base and create a lively discussion. And yes, you can whine if you like. You'll also become part of the MMEW Community, tapping into a set of resources via our message boards that we've built up over the past few years.
Not everyone is ready for this kind of thing on New Year's Day. If that's you, just know this class will be available as a self paced workshop beginning in February. It's here all year when you feel a jumpstart is needed.
I plan to write more this year about this process. And I can't guarantee you that a little whine won't work itself in here and there.
But I can tell you that I'll share my honest stories here as I continue to work towards doing what is needed.
For more information on the Jumpstart, click here.
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Here's to a new year of taking care of the one and only you.