Boss making you stay late at work to finish a project? Pulled over for speeding while trying to get to work before you’re late? Your spouse is in a bad mood? Car won’t start in the morning? Kids are screaming while you’re trying to finish a proposal? Stuck in traffic after work for hours? These are just a few of the day to day issues that may arise and that we have to deal with. The list can go on and on throughout the week as we deal with issues that were not planned for. That’s life. Life is a series of ups and downs that we often can’t control. What can be controlled, however, is how we choose to respond to these challenges and how we “talk” to ourselves while we are dealing with them. You see your body hears everything that your mind “speaks” so why not try to be just a little bit kinder to yourself when you’re dealing with a stressful situation?
The good news is that every single day that we wake up is another chance to move forward towards your fitness goals and all of your dreams. YOU are responsible for all the decisions that you make good or bad – no one else. Yes you may have had a tough day at work, but choosing to go home and have a pity party by sitting on the couch and eating chips would not the best decision you could make. Possibly taking a walk after work would help you process what happened during the day so that you could return to the job the next day with a lighter heart. The choice would be yours – to have the pity party or to work the stress of the day out with some activity. The fact of the matter is that the only person standing between you and any of your goals is looking right back at you when you look in the mirror. It’s you and only you. Realizing and understanding that you are responsible for making the changes in your life that will move you forward will be the most important battle you will ever undertake – but you can do it.
Deciding today that you will move forward towards your fitness goals – or any goal – will be the easy part. What will require more inner strength are the actions you must actually take every single day to move yourself forward. Will you make the time to exercise today or will you sit on the couch eating junk food after work? Will you hit the drive through for a fast food dinner considering you know it’s not the healthiest choice or will you take the time to go to the grocery store this week so you can prepare fast yet nutritious dinners for you and your family at home? Will you resist the urge to eat a quart of ice cream and choose to eat a piece of fruit? Will you take the time to learn how to prepare healthy foods? Will you drink water instead of soda? The choices are yours.
Whatever you did yesterday is behind you – let it stay there. It comes down to you and what choices you make moving forward. What will you choose?
To your health,
Denise Sanger is a high energy business owner with over 30 years experience in the marketing area. She has transitioned her love of fitness and marketing into helping others succeed in getting fit and running their own businesses. She founded How To Stay Fit Over 50 to provide hope and support to others by motivating them to take the first step in their fitness journey no matter what age. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.