Starting Now: Hit the Reset Button for Fitness
With the Fit Family Challenge well underway, I checked in with both Spotlight families to see how they are doing. They each have quite a few goals they are trying to accomplish. When you are part of an effort like the Fit Family Challenge, you may feel that you are ready to make lots of changes all at once and that you will succeed no matter what comes your way, but in reality, to do anything different requires an investment in yourself and your family. For already busy families, this can be hard to do. The Prater family has set challenging goals and now Mom Jenny is realizing it is tougher than she thought it would be. At times like this, it may seem easier to continue with the old way instead of spending the time and energy to create something new.
If you have set goals and have not had the success you wanted, it may seem easier to give up than to push through the changes. Once you feel that you have failed or have not met your goals, the old habits start calling you back. Since Jenny is feeling overwhelmed, I asked her to pick the most important goal she has for her family. The idea of the challenge is to begin to make positive changes and if that means one change at a time, then Jenny's family is still moving in the right direction. Once family members are successful with one goal, they can add in more and more. Habits may be hard to change all at once, so re-evaluating goals or taking smaller steps is the route to go. Look to the bigger picture: Find what works to keep your family happy and motivated to become healthier and fit for the long term.
With goal-setting or with life in general,we've all had our share of challenges or setbacks. When I face my own trials, I try to keep in mind that I can restart the clock at any time. I use each night to regroup, forgive myself for what I did or did not do, praise what I did well and ask for help with anything I need guidance with. The next morning, I start over and begin there. I practice this every day, and it gives me a fresh starting point every morning. I don’t want to beat myself up and get caught in a downward spiral. Knowing how I am going to handle disappointments and challenges keeps me positive and motivated. While I like to reset everything at night, you can begin again now. Any moment you choose can be your moment to reset things and start over again. Do you need to start over with any of your goals? What are you going to do NOW?
Enjoy the journey!
Gaye Esser is a Life Coach and owner of Redefine Balance. She is a certified graduate of Coach U and a Level II Reiki practitioner. She works with women to find their passion and bliss and to own their happiness from the inside out