When you listen to the show (Just Do It With Fitness Expert Clare Smith Of Peak 313) you’ll hear me (Tracy) whine about not liking to workout, never wanting to workout and constantly wondering how people that work out all the time do it and like it and stay so consistent with it.
The first person that I remember working out regularly was my dad. When I was young I remember hearing that he always jogged on his lunch hour. When I was in high school I remember his weight bench in our home’s atrium area. It was old but well used! Now he still works out regularly. He runs stairs, lifts weights, rides his stationary bike, goes on hikes, and even walks backward on his treadmill…on an incline!
You’d think that I might inherit some genetic love for working out or something. Nope. You’d think that as an young athlete I would have continued to love working out. Nope.
The next person I remember working out regularly was Lorri, my good friend in college. She had a gym membership and would always go after class. She wanted to go! I can say that I don’t think I ever wanted to go to the gym. Especially in college where no one was telling me what to do! Now I see Lorri on Facebook leading Pilates classes…still in the gym!
I have a few friends at this stage in my life, too, who really seem to LOVE working out – Shauna and Susan. They both say they need it. I seem to only need to sleep longer in the morning.
While talking to Clare Smith from Peak 313 today there were a few things that resonated with me. Thanks Clare for taking time to share with us today! Listen to the show and hopefully something she says will resonate with you, too. Let us know in the comments.
Here are the three things I learned from Clare.
IT STARTS WHEN I WANT CHANGE
It is overwhelming. There is always an excuse. As a matter of fact I haven’t worked out in almost two weeks because I have been sick! I am up half the night coughing and just haven’t found motivation to start up again. There is always a reason not to.
Since starting my “Get Healthy” Journey I’ve talked to Bridgette, my health coach, regularly. Last night we were talking about my motivation and my WHY. She was saying I needed to really focus on my WHY. Why do I want to make wise food choices every day. Why do I choose to workout. Why do I choose not to eat candy every time I see it?
Clare said that change starts with WANTING it. WANTING my WHY. I have a lot to think about. Just tonight I wanted to have a whole piece of pumpkin cake. The thing was I already allowed myself a chai tea today and two bites of the cake. I found this photo on Peak 313’s Facebook page (Awesome stuff over there. Check it out and like her page!) It sums up the importance of knowing my WHY and WANTING to make a change!
ASK MYSELF THE RIGHT QUESTIONS
I have struggled on my “Get Healthy” Journey wanting to know where the line was. I hear over and over the importance of not depriving oneself. Well, there is no way I can live healthy, eat clean and not deprive myself, to some extent, of all the things I want to eat!
I am amazed by how many opportunities come before me almost every day to eat things that do not fit into the clean category. Maybe it is just that I want everything that doesn’t fit in the clean category!
Clare talked about asking the right questions when thinking about the “line.”
Instead of asking how many Oreos can I have (or pumpkin bars) I need to ask, “What kinds of food will give me energy today?”
Instead of asking how much exercise do I need to burn off calories I need to ask, “How can I make my body stronger?”
She called it “flipping the question. “ I like that. I don’t need a line that I can’t cross. Instead, I flip the question and it gives me a whole different perspective – a positive one!
ACCEPT THAT I DON’T LOVE WORKING OUT!
I need to move on being amazed by everyone who loves to work out, wondering why I don’t feel that high or the desire to do it, and even expecting to one day start to feel it. Get over it. Accept that I am not like that!
Clare mentions the basic stewardship level. That is where I am and it is okay! Log my time. Keep my body healthy and be done with it. Workout in a way that is sustainable. Yes, have some discipline and sacrifice but I don’t have to be on guru status.
There is freedom in accepting this!
What resonated with YOU as you listened to Clare’s interview?