The Last 12 Months

It’s typical this time of year to look back and reflect on everything that happened over the last 12 months.  Often when you start to do this, it doesn’t feel like much has happened.  But once you get going you realize that you accomplished quite a few things.  And even if you didn’t have a crazy productive year, I doubt any of you just sat in a room for 12 months staring at a wall.

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Lot’s of sweaty runs down the Lake Shore Trail

You woke up every morning for 365 days.  That’s something.  You put on clothes (hopefully) and went about your routine for 365 days.  That’s something.  You fed yourself (mostly), moved around, were HUMAN for 365 days.  That is definitely something.

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Lot’s of sweaty runs down the Lake Shore Trail

I am a person who constantly downplays everything I do.  If it isn’t huge or momentous, then it doesn’t really matter.  I walk around telling myself that I am just an average person, nothing special, nothing horrible, just me.

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I bet I made him run.

I don’t know if it’s my deep need to please other people or my aversion to bragging, but I have a hard time seeing all the great things I have done over a period of a year.

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I kind of love this city

 

But not this year.

Remember way back at the beginning of the year when I chose a word to define 2015?  I chose passion.  While every single day of 2015 might not have been lived with passion, I did attack my goals with a new passion.  It was tough at first to put myself out there and try new things.  What if I failed?  I hate failing and often have the mindset of if I can’t do it perfectly, I’m not going to do it at all.  It took some work to get over that frame of mind, but towards the end of the year I started taking risks and doing new things because, why not?

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Look at me being a mermaid!

 

What’s the worst that could happen?

People could say no or not like it but it wasn’t going to kill me.  Clearly, I’m still here and I’m glad that I made the leaps of faith that I did because I have had some awesome opportunities this past year.  I have really expanded my writing, tried new things with my fitness, and worked even more on choosing to accept my body as it is in this moment.

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All fancy at Jodie’s wedding

 

And I did it all with a passion that I don’t think I’ve used before.  Nothing is going to be handed to me and instead of sitting around and whining or saying that I’m nothing special, I chose to get up and make new paths for myself.

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I make a good bed

 

I hope that as you look back on your 2015 you are able to see all of the amazing things that you accomplished.  Even if you didn’t scale a mountain, solve world hunger, or star in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, you still did things that changed your life and brought you to this moment.

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Apple Picking in October in like 60 degree weather.

I haven’t chosen a word for 2016 yet, but I will soon and I hope you’ll join me.  Enjoy the last few days of 2015 and get ready for another awesome 12 months!

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Happy New Year from us weirdos!

Change When You Don’t Want To

HaveChange When You Don't Want To | Life Healthfully Lived you ever faced a situation where you KNOW that you have to change something in order to get where you want to be, but you just can’t muster up the willpower to make the change?

Sure you do.

I would say that most of the time when you are faced with a problem or something that you need to overcome, you have a fairly good idea what needs to be done to address those issues.  But there is a factor of fear.  Fear of the unknown, fear of being uncomfortable, fear of a different routine, fear of a million different things.Change When You Don't Want To | Life Healthfully Lived

Or maybe there is a factor of laziness.  Knowing that the change you need to make takes a lot of work and you just don’t want to put in the hours or manpower.

Perhaps there is a factor of the impossible.  There is no way you can make the change because to you it is utterly impossible.  You can’t see a way around it, so why even try?Change When You Don't Want To | Life Healthfully Lived

I’ve been there plenty of times.  I’ve been afraid of making a change, don’t want to make a change, and felt like change is absolutely impossible.  I’ve been stubborn and stuck to my trusty routine and done nothing.  And you know what that got me?

Nowhere.

Sure, change is painful, difficult, and scary.  But change also is wonderful, enlivening, and moves you forward.  If you want to be or do something different, if you want to reach your goals, you’re going to have to change.  My high school band director used to tell us all the time, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”  That has always stuck with me.Change When You Don't Want To | Life Healthfully Lived

So how do you change when you don’t want to?  Here are a few things that I do when I know that I need to change but it isn’t coming easy.

Figure out why

Why don’t I want to change?  Once I know the motive for staying where I am, then I can come up with a plan to counteract that motive.  Most often for me, it’s the fact that I’ve become comfortable with where I am.

Make a list of ideas

I love lists.  They keep me organized, help to see what I still have to do and what I’ve already finished.  Once you’ve figured out your why, make a list of a few things that you can do to change your habits or routine to start moving in a different direction.

Choose one

Pick one thing to work on, just one.  You don’t have to take on the whole list.  That can be a little daunting.  Choose a small change that you can make and work on that until it becomes your new habit, then move on to the next thing on your list.

Don’t beat yourself up

You’re going to fail at some point.  That sounds harsh, but it’s completely realistic and totally alright.  We all fail and if we were perfect, life wouldn’t be any fun at all.  The important thing to remember when you do fail is to not beat yourself up.  You are trying and that is the most you can ask of yourself.  Trying and failing is better than never doing anything at all.  Pick yourself up and get right back at it.Change When You Don't Want To | Life Healthfully Lived

Taking that first step and admitting that you have to change is a difficult one.  It can take you awhile to get to that point, but the important thing is that you get to that point.  Writing this post is just as much for me as it is for you.  Sometimes I need a little push in the right direction to start making the changes in my life that I know will lead me to my goals.

Yup, change is scary and trust me I resist it as much as the next person.  But when it comes to my health and happiness as well as yours, isn’t being a little scared yet still taking that leap of faith worth it in the end?

I think so.Change When You Don't Want To | Life Healthfully Lived

Rock What You Got

I’m going to have you do a little homework before you read this post.  Oh stop moaning, it’s not that hard.

I want you to listen to this song:

Did you listen?  Good.  I’m trusting that you did.

I have listened to Superchick for years and in fact, I have heard this song a good 50 times before.  But as I was out running about the other day, this song came on and it kind of hit me in a new light.

Rock what you got.

I have spent a lot of time trying to change things about me so that I can “rock it”.  I focus on what needs to be fixed or adjusted to get to a point where I feel like I am worthy of being awesome.

That’s not cool.

I have been given everything that I need to rock.  There are so many awesome things about me that no one else has, and I’m doing myself a disservice if I don’t choose to rock what I’ve got.

I’m not saying that I don’t want to improve myself or do things to meet new goals.  It’s ok to rock what you have right at this moment while working to achieve other things.  Be proud of YOU every single second of the day.  That pride and encouragement, even if it just comes from you alone, can help push you forward.

So how about it?  I’m making a pledge to start rocking everything I got.

My ability to push myself at the end of a long run?  Rocking it.

My willingness to try a new or difficult yoga pose even if I faceplant?  Rocking it.

My desire to help serve others in the best way I know how?  Rocking it.

My hope to accomplish new goals and dreams?  Rocking it.

You don’t have to wait until you think you have what it takes to rock it.  Start now, this very second.  You have everything you need in this moment.  Even if you don’t feel that way, act like you do.  I bet pretty soon you won’t have to be faking it. rock

Have an awesome Monday and remember, rock what you got!

6 Months Later…

Can you believe that it has already been 6 months since the beginning of the year?  We are already done with half of 2015!  That’s crazy!

Raise your hand if you are still working on any of the goals you made in January.  Don’t worry if you didn’t raise your hand, I’ve had a few struggles of my own with my 2015 goals.  The beginning of the year is always so new and fresh.  You just got to spend time with your family over the holidays, maybe you’ve rested a little, and you feel like you can take on anything.  This year is going to be your year.

Then life comes along and laughs at your goals and pretty much says, “Nope!”

Life Happens

We can’t always avoid all the problems that come our way.  We can’t plan everything out and know for sure that it’s going to happen that way.  Things come up, events happen, and many times we find ourselves far away from where we wanted to be when we started the year.

When I looked back at the goals I had made for the year, it seemed like I was barely doing anything that I had set out to do.  Then I stepped back and really looked at where life had taken me the first part of this year and I realized I’ve done more than I thought.

New Day

I’ve been doing better with balancing the things on my plate and not letting one little crinkle in the routine throw me for a loop.  I’ve even started to come to terms with not having such a set routine and letting the day lead me where it needs to go.  It’s been a little bit of a struggle to adjust to things, but I haven’t completely lost it and I have to say I like having a little wiggle room.  It’s nice to not know every single detail sometimes.

I’ve also expanded my blog, maybe not in the way I thought I would but it’s slowly growing.  I’ve been consistent with my posts and improving the quality of my pictures.  I’ve tried to have a bigger presence on Instagram and grow my following there and I finally started a Facebook page and found another way to reach out to my readers.  I might not have thousands of readers like other blogs, but I do have loyal followers and that is all I could ask for.

As for my other goals, I’ve made different progress in those areas.  I thought I would accomplish those in a different way than I am now, but that isn’t a bad thing!  I’m actually learning a lot about myself and I like what I’m finding out.

Success

I can say one thing with absolute certainty though and that is I have pursued everything with passion.  That was my word for the year, the word that I chose to help focus all of my goals.  It I start something or think about starting something and I find that I have no passion to put behind it, then I know that isn’t what I should be doing.  I don’t want to half-ass anything anymore.  I don’t want or need to waste my time.  I want passion to be a part of everything I do because then I can really enjoy the outcome.

How about you guys?  Have your goals been met, changed, or forgotten?  Are you still using your word for the year to help guide you?  What could you work on?

June is a great time to re-focus and get a fresh burst of motivation.  You aren’t a failure if you haven’t made any progress yet!  Time to get back up and start working towards what you want.

Today is a new beginning

Today is the perfect day to do just that!

What If…

YouFailing is not Always failure might have been asked the question, “What if you knew you couldn’t fail?”  What would you do?  What risks would you take? I’ve asked myself this but when I think about it, I think it’s a fairly easy question.

I’d do anything.

If I couldn’t fail, why not do anything?  Invest all my money in one stock? Sure, I’m not going to fail.  Go skydiving? Why not?  I’m guaranteed to make it to the ground.  Talk to a room full of thousands?  You got it.  I think there is a better question we need to ask ourselves.

What if we weren’t afraid to fail?

That’s the tougher question because the chance of failure is still there.  This also makes it a more realistic question.  I am going to fail.  You are going to fail.  Maybe not today or in a horrible way but the truth is that failure is going to happen. We all work so hard to avoid failure, it’s not a fun thing to go through.

I hate failure.  I try to avoid it so much that sometimes I won’t even start something if I know there is a fair chance that I will fail.  The thing I am starting to learn though is that each failure is making me stronger.

Failure doesn't mean the game is over

I have been trying to grow this blog and share my message with a wider audience.  A lot of the things that I have done to try and make that happen have failed.  At first, I let it get me down.  I felt like a loser and thought that maybe I just wasn’t suppose to be a blogger.  I kept trying but nothing was happening.  While I was wallowing I realized that each failure taught me something.  It made me think in a different way to find something that would work.  I was growing and getting better even though it felt like I was one giant failure.

Michael Jordan Quote

Working on your health can feel a lot like that.  You try something new and it doesn’t work out.  You don’t lose the weight you wanted or you can’t change your eating habits or exercise still feels like torture.  Failure happens a lot when you work on your health and a lot of the time we let failure win.  We quit and go back to our old habits because we obviously don’t have what it takes.

Don’t quit.

Nelson Mandela

Let that failure teach you something.  Maybe that strategy didn’t work but there is one that will work.  Keep trying and realize that those failures are making you stronger.  Each time you fail but keep going you are making yourself better and making progress toward your goals even if it doesn’t feel like it.

Don’t ask yourself what you would do if you couldn’t fail, ask yourself what you’re going to do when failure happens.  If the answer is get back up and try again, you are already winning.

Winston Churchill Quote