Happy April! What a wonderful month. Blossoms are blooming, spring breaks are happening everywhere, its the start of a new quarter and its also my birthday month! I dont know how your January-March went. I cant complain, but sometimes if you’re like me, you’re just ready for a new month. April is definitely that for me. Ive allowed myself to go on a vacation and it just so happens to be in a few weeks- surely contributing to the relief I have coming into April. Myself and others are needing to remind themselves of their goals and objectives they set on, say on January 1st for example. Fortunately the weather is warmer, people are moving outside, and bikinis are everywhere in the shops. For every reason there is to hide away and not put health and fitness first, theres also little contests the world puts out there to see if you want to participate. Do you too want to look great in a swimsuit? Do you too want to lose 100 pounds eating one tablet a day? Buy this ab machine and your problems will be solved? Who else is seeing that more and more in the magazines and store advertisements?
Instead of responding to the vicious cycle of fads and popularity contests, the best thing a person can do is want to make a life style change. Ive said it before and Ive said it again, you need to want it for the long haul- and this is what makes the difference for people. I was recently interviewed in a wellness blog about maintaining balance, staying healthy, and finding sound solutions to your problems, called “In Good Measure”. Here is the link to find http://yourlocalsecurity.com/
Not only does one need to get in the game, they need to bring their game day in and day out. What can continue to motivate you to be motivated? This is a great audio clip by Turbo Fire creator, Chalene Johnson, providing such motivation for motivation! http://soundcloud.com/
After I listened to her, I realized that I definitely play music that makes me want to roar up on the mountains and theres pictures of myself when I compete that reminds me of my fierceness. If I were you, Id find that inner athlete, warrior, in oneself, no matter how deep you need to dig, and introduce yourself to them. If you have already done this, make sure you do it again and again and again. Focusing on your end goal is key, but the reassurance that you are capable of tackling ANYTHING is a crucial component of succeeding in health and fitness, and life in general.
Heres my athlete, warrior pic. I may not be in a hot bikini, but I feel strong and capable of just about anything. Coming out of Nashville water, about to hop on my bike. I got first place in this race- looking back on the pics, I can totally see why!
Ask yourself what you need to do to find your fierce. What motivation do you need to stay motivated? Surround yourself with game time music, photos, and refreshers. Whether its a picture of you and the children you were in labor for hours with, an album of graduation pictures, or high school and college flash back photos- find when you kicked some serious tail and remind yourself that YOU did it. Now repeat that reminder incessantly, day in and day out, from this point forward.
Get in the game with me, and bring it! Happy April!
Maria, Like the Lettuce, Romaine xoxoxo