That stung my little approval-junkie heart, at first. "I don't know", I thought to myself. Maybe none of this helps anyone. For almost seven years now, I pull up to my computer on Sunday evening and I write something from the previous week. It might be something I experienced or struggled with, something that I read or was going on in the fitness world, or something we talked about at the studio.
It happens, then I write about it.
This newsletter started in 2009 in response to a terribly discouraging article on the cover of Newsweek about weight loss. Everyone at the studio was discouraged, so I emailed twenty clients or so. I said not to worry about it, and not to listen to it. If it doesn't encourage you, then ignore it and stay on your path.
Now there are almost 600 people on the distribution, we are on newsletter number 349, and four years worth of these things became a book.
Nevertheless, maybe I should be writing more about nutrition. Or workout tips. Actual fitness stuff. But then I remembered I can sum up most of that right here:
- Drink your water.
- Eat less sugar.
- Eat mostly plants.
- Avoid processed foods.
- Get good sleep.
- Lift heavy weights.
- Walk every day.
- Handle your stress.
- Sing, pray, dance, meditate and laugh a lot.
- Be generous and kind.
As I was contemplating all of the above this week, I had an appointment with a sports medicine doctor for a recurring, stubborn pain high in my right hamstring. He gave me two exercises to do on my own every day, and I see him again in two weeks. I came home, wrote out my plan to do my PT exercises, and didn't do them.
I knew exactly what to do! But I kept procrastinating, making excuses, and listening to the I-don't-feel-like-it voice. It frustrated me so much. What the heck is wrong with me. Here I was, the author of I Know What To Do, I Just Don't Do It, not doing it. HAHA!
Then I remembered. This is Human Nature. This is how we all are. If we are going to rise above it, and overcome it, we need help.
Luckily, I had agreed to help a friend of mine, who is studying for her health coach certification, that needed practice clients. My coaching appointment time was set, and when she called and asked what I wanted to work on, I said I want to be able to do these exercises consistently, on my own. She did an amazing job asking me tough questions, and making me think about why I wanted to do them. She set up accountability, and as soon as Tread was over tonight, I stayed and did them all. Then I texted her and said, "I did it."
I tell you all of this to answer the question, "How does all of that help me." Because I have struggled with doing PT exercises on my own. Maybe you have, too. I have struggled with my weight, my worth and my body image. Maybe you have, too. I've felt disapproval, disappointment and shame. Maybe you have, too. I have lived under the tyranny of the critical voice. Maybe you have, too.
Maybe empowerment and confidence comes from sharing our shadow and bringing the lies, fears and insecurities to light. Maybe health and fitness is one part nutrition and exercise, one part heart and soul. Maybe me telling you about my struggle helps you face yours. Maybe me writing to you each week has helped me heal in ways I never knew possible.
I believe in healing and changing from the inside out. I believe we can all feel a whole lot better about ourselves if we do the inner work. And I believe that sharing the journey makes it all worthwhile.
"Happiness is only real when shared." - Christopher McCandless from Into The Wild
To set up a complimentary coaching session if you are struggling with knowing what to do, but not doing it, email firstname.lastname@example.org. We can help.