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My New Year’s Resolution

My New Year's Resolution

Happy New Year! As we begin this new year, we are flooded with sayings and mantras over various social media outlets. This post I found on my Facebook account and over all of the ones I have seen over the past week it speaks to me personally.

So what if that is the only New Year’s Resolution I make this year; exact what does it mean?

Well, as I speak about in my healthier lifestyle blog, it means making positive resolutions instead of negative ones in my journey to a healthier lifestyle. It also mean accepting my body and loving it TODAY, not when I lose another 40 pounds, or fit into a certain size. The link to my blog is here for anyone interested;

http://fortysomethingandgettinghealthy.blogspot.ca/2014/01/new-year-new-you-challenge.html

I also believe that this mantra means that I am kind to myself every day. No more beating myself up over poor choices, but praising myself for the positive choices in food and exercises choices I make each day. I have spent way too many years putting myself down. I now commit to lifting myself up from 2014 onward!

If I love myself more, I also love my loved ones more. I am going to focus on being happier and softer spoken with my family and friends. I shout and speak harshly too much both to my amazing wife and wonderful Chicklets.

This is going to be by far the hardest Resolution year to keep! But it will also be the most rewarding. I invite you to join me on this journey and also to share your resolutions here in the comments. Together, we can accomplish anything!

Happy New Year Everyone!

Sheri

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When Small Steps Turn into Big Steps

When Small Steps Turn into Big Steps

This post is an explanation of where my journey to better health started. I encourage you to read and comment on my other blog.

Thanks! 

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Bugs Bunny……One SMART Bunny!

Bugs Bunny......One SMART Bunny!

When did Bugs Bunny get so smart!? I wish he has told me this sage advice back when I was in my 20’s. It would have saved me a lot of grief and missed opportunities. When I think back and start to list all of the times I wasted energy on comparing myself to other people, or other people’s expectations and how many amazing opportunities were lost to me simply because I did this comparison and decided that I was unworthy I figure it is years lost! WHAT A WASTE!!

I have often been known to say, “Well I turned 40 and my “give-a-damn” button broke!!” I just don’t seem to care what others think anymore. I cannot express how completely freeing and liberating that is! As I venture on this journey to a healthier lifestyle the ONLY person I compare myself to is who I was last month, and last year. Nothing else matters!

Remember, “Those who care don’t matter….and those who matter don’t care!” Love yourself and hold yourself accountable to no one but YOURSELF!!

Cheers!

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From Blogspot to WordPress; The Evolution of My Journey to Better Health

I have a confession…….this is not my first blog. That is right……although I am a WordPress virgin I started my blogging life at Blogspot. That blog never really got off the ground. The title of it is Forty Something and Getting Healthy and it was based on my  lifestyle changes I started last summer. If you would like to view it and follow me there the link is;
                                                                                      http://www.fortysomethingandgettinghealthy.blogspot.ca

My journey has continued even if my blog posts have not. To be perfectly honest I found it very discouraging to be blogging with no followers. Many of my friends would read the link on my Facebook but I was looking to become part of the blogging community. This led me here to the WordPress community and I am happy to report…….I feel like I have finally found my way home!!

So……..my health journey……..

Let me first say that this is a lifelong journey. If you are hoping to read that I have found the magical secret to becoming healthy after growing up largely (no pun intended) unhealthy I am sorry but I have not. Let me say it right here and now……THERE IS NO MAGIC ANSWER!!!!!!! What there is, is, hard work, dedication to change, resistance to “slipping backwards” and everything else you have read about and been told about, and not wanted or been unable to embrace. Now listen, this is not all bad news!! Bear with me for a minute and I promise I will show you the silver lining in what I just said…..ready? Here we go….

Today I spent a lot of time thinking how to turn around my recent “slump” in my journey to better health. This is the silver lining, my revelation;
                                                                                               The only thing better health is about is LOVE!

I know that at first glance this does not seem logical. Think about it though. Why would a person be willing to work so hard to change their eating habits? What would possess a person to get all sweaty and sore and out of breath by exercising? Why go against what has always come easy in life and embrace change when we all know that most often we resist change as much as cats do? Your first response may be to say; health reasons, to look better, because my doctor said I have to, or any number of other usually regurgitated  answers. But when we think about the motivation behind these answers it all comes down to love. Each and every one of us love ourselves enough to want to be healthier.

I am the first one to admit, just like the majority of women and men out there……..I believe that I don`t have good self esteem. But here`s the thing; we are all wrong! IF we did not love ourselves we would have given up by now! We would not have tried every crazy diet out there. We would have not gone back to the very exercises that we hate to do, and we certainly would not be here reading this post! It is all how we perceive our journey. So, let us put on our “rose-coloured” glasses and re-examine our efforts shall we?

We are tenacious because even though we have not made all positive steps forward and even maybe made a few steps backwards we are here……still doing….still revising our game plan. This proves that we will not give up! Everyone needs help with motivation at certain points in their life journey. This does not make us weak, it makes us resourceful! Everyone needs direction when venturing into new fields of interests or studies. This does not make us dumb, it makes us wise! When we carefully look at our actions along our journey it is obvious that we love ourselves a lot!

The next time you are finding yourself struggling on your journey I encourage you to lock back at this post. Go ahead and repost this on your own blog, book mark it, print it off or whatever’s going to keep this handy for when you need to remind yourself the real reason you are on your life journey; self love.

Thanks for reading and joining me on this part of my life journey!

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Motivational Moment

Motivational Moment

After yesterday’s post I found this on my Facebook page. As far as I can tell it was originally posted by Bob Harper….one of my absolute favourite health and fitness coaches. Why is it we as a society keep looking backwards instead of focusing our time and energies into our future? The past is done; it can’t be changed. We must learn from it (yes both the good and the bad) and move forward. Today I am making the decision to move forward and focus only on the future. I will not allow the past to trip me up or sabotage my journey to better health! How are you choosing to “not look back” today?

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