When we make any big move in life its always important to consider our reasoning behind it. Why should I get married? Why should I go to college? Why should I be fit? The best part about these questions is that the answers for each of us are so unique. Some people might say their reason to "get fit" is to be healthier and thats great! But, I challenge you to dig a little deeper. Really reach into yourself and figure out why you want it. Why will it be worth it? What will you gain from it? Here are some of my reasons:
- I want to challenge myself. I want to push my mind and my body to toward higher expectations. It may be because I was a competitive athlete for most of my life, but for me there is nothing greater than seeing your hard work pay off. I played softball, soccer and volleyball for many years but I just started running about 8 months ago to push myself. Running is so individual and SO MENTAL. If I have a bad run, no one to blame but myself. To me, its the ultimate challenge!
- To teach myself discipline. In my opinion, discipline is not about being perfect, but about teaching yourself to be balanced. If there's a bowl of chips at a party, I want to take my little handful and move on. I do NOT want to let a piece of food control me. Nor do I want to beat myself up with "failure" if I have a few chips.
- To work with "where I'm at" and keep moving forward, not back. To make lasting change we know that we have to take small steps in the right direction, not leaps. You have to give yourself a break and meet yourself where you're at depending on your already established habits, lifestyle, etc. For me one of those is with food. I've never been the type to "forget to eat" I'm the type who looks forward to her next meal! I am going to work with that mindset and plan ahead healthy, fat-loss friendly meals. Sometimes I feel like I'm constantly eating but its OKAY because its with the right foods. Initially I wouldn't change too much on the timing of when I eat at first because like I said above, lasting change is from baby steps forward. You cannot change everything at once and expect it to last for most people. It's a transition in life style, not a diet.
- Rid my dependency on food. I want to eat to live, not live to eat. Food should NOT have control over me. "No Danielle, that chocolate cake will NOT make your lousy day better." We always seem to justify our behavior don't you think? "I deserve that chocolate cake" ....right? Wrong. There is nothing wrong with treats but to use them as "rewards" is not something I want to make a habit of.
- To be strong. I want to be a strong woman both mentally and physically. I like running long distance because its a way for me to let go of stress, listen to some great music, and mentally push myself to not give up. When we become mentally strong, we are unstoppable! I want to be physically strong to improve my physique, gain confidence in my body and to improve my overall health for the future!
Well, those are some of my reasons for "becoming fit"! I think our reasons may change as we get older, but the underlying principle is always the same: to change ourselves for the better! What are your reasons for getting fit?