Those little guys are relentless. As soon as you bop one on the head, another one pops up. Sometimes you find the rhythm and you know exactly where the next one is coming, and that mallet is coming down hard before you ever see the little guy. You are in the whack-a-mole groove. Life is good.
Pop, pop, pop. Whack, whack.
How’s the time change going? And how about the colder weather? Did you feel your motivation drop when it got cold and gray and dark? Did you start eating carbohydrates like a hibernating bear? Did you live in your yoga pants this weekend?
Pop, pop, pop.
How about the aches and pains? What is it about a change in weather that brings about pain in this hip of mine? Oh wait, now it is in my back. I mean my ankle. Crap! It’s my shoulder now. Get out the Advil, the ice packs and the heating pad.
Pop, pop, pop.
I hear you! I do. I feel the darkness and the cold. My motivation is not what it was even a few weeks ago. Yes, I am craving comfort food and yes, I am in my yoga pants right now. Big ones.
I hear you! I do. These aches and pains pop up out of nowhere. One day, all is well. The next day, I am limping like a pirate with a wooden leg. Argh. I don’t know where they come from or why. I just know it hurts and it’s no fun to be in pain.
Pop, pop, pop.
These things are going to be popping up on us fast and furious for the next few months. Holidays. Short days. Polar vortex. Pumpkin praline pie. Joint pain. Lack of vitamin D. Lack of motivation, inspiration, preparation, edification, stimulation and oxygenation.
Well guess what. It’s time to get your hammer out, sister, ‘cause we need to start whacking some moles around here. Yes, they pop up. It is our job to whack them back down. And if you know someone who needs one, get them a hammer, too. And tell them to get whacking.
We can’t put fitness on hold. It doesn’t work like that. Stuff pops up. More so right now.
We’ve been through this before and have learned this one. We know what it feels like to abandon fitness for two months. Don’t let it happen again.
Get vigilant. Try to see those suckers popping up before they do, and they won’t know what hit ‘em.
Hit ‘em with your commitment to never, ever, ever give up.
Hit ‘em with the promise to honor your health no matter what.
Hit ‘em with all the tools in your toolbox. Every single one.
Hit ‘em with inspiration that can only come from your deepest reasons for doing this in the first place.
Hit ‘em with empowerment that comes from owning your choices.
Hit ‘em with the knowledge that you are filled with the spirit, which makes you stronger than any darkness, or polar vortex, or cold night, or ache and pain. Call on the spirit for help when you can’t do it alone. Call on the spirit when you’ve had a rough day so you can get back to it.
Hit it hard and don’t quit. Not now. Not ever.