In January, a friend invited me to run a half-marathon with her. I said yes. (It’s coming up NEXT WEEKEND!)
When she asked, my answer was almost an immediate “Yes”, knowing that if I thought too much about it, I would talk myself out of it.
And I was right. The following week I wanted to back out. Especially, after thinking through the training required. I went through some serious uncertainty and self-doubt.
I can’t run THIRTEEN miles.
I don’t have the time to train for it.
It’s too late to start. I haven’t really been running – there probably isn’t enough time to get ready for it.
It will be too hard.
I will be too slow.
I’ll hurt myself.
This list, you can imagine, goes on.
But I didn’t back out. And what struck me was even though I had all this self-doubt I knew deep down I really WANTED to do it. I NEEDED to do it. For me. For my physical health, obviously, but for my sanity even more.
I had been saying for years that I really wanted to get back into running. I used to run…and spin/mountain bike…and do yoga regularly. I went through periods when I did more or less of one but generally I did all three.
Then I had a baby and it sort of all… stopped.
That was six years ago.
Oh, I still ‘ran’. I just wasn’t consistent. I usually fit in a run about once a month. Twice if I was lucky. And when I was really determined to get back into it, I would get in a run twice a week but that wouldn’t last more than two weeks.
The invitation to run a half-marathon was the little push I needed to get into a routine that worked.
When I said yes, it was because I knew this short-term commitment would have a long-term impact. My underlying goal was not only to run the half-marathon but…
to train myself to be more consistent so I would keep going even after the race;
to put myself first and get past the mental block that other things are more important; and
to get my family on board to support me.
Do these sound familiar?
These are usually the common stumbling blocks we women/moms use, especially when it comes to OUR health. If we re-phrase these as goals, they become powerful.
You know you want and need to make a change but you can’t get past (not) being consistent, you don’t think you have the time and don’t think your family will be onboard. And when it comes to food choices, you don’t think they will eat the same thing you eat and you will have to cook something for yourself and something different for your family. So you don’t even try.
That’s why big events like a half-marathon (or even a 5k) and a training program are great. They give us an invitation and window of time to train.
I had a little over 3 months to train. When asking my family for support, it was easier. There was an end goal and an end date. It was a time to test what was doable and sustainable for our family long-term.
I am inviting you today to join me for my Spring Fling Online Wellness Retreat. I opened registration this week. It starts April 29.
This is your invitation to train your muscles in making better food choices – so that you think clearer, look healthier and feel better – and train yourself in asking for support from your family.
Here’s how the Spring Fling will move you toward your long-term goal by addressing those underlying goals.
Train yourself to be consistent.
Take small steps. At the beginning of the retreat, you will have a 20-minute private session with me so that you can choose an achievable goal and plan that fits in with where you are today and what your long-term goals are. This will have a serious impact on your ability to stay consistent.
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.” – Tony Robbins
Put yourself first.
Your health is your most important priority. For 30 days, you will have the opportunity to make the time for yourself. You’ll have a full plan – weekly action steps, menu plan & recipes – to make it easier for you. You don’t have to think, just do.
“Sometimes I forget putting myself first isn’t selfish but necessary.” – Anonymous
Get your family on board.
Be open and share. I encourage you to tell your family you are committing to a 30 day wellness retreat. You may be surprised by their love & support. A healthier you is a happier you and they want you to be happy.
“Family…a group experience of love and support.” – Marianne Williamson
If you are ready to be more consistent with your food choices so that your metabolism improves, your mood lightens and your energy soars, then you’ll want to be part of the Spring Fling Online Wellness Retreat. Click here to read more and register.