The morning began with seeing old friends and meeting some new ones. The mood was good. It was fun to chat with everyone, and as they only had one worker making coffee and it was and early morning we all got started a bit late, which meant more chatting.
Our first speaker was Mary from Fit this, girl! She is wonderful - super nice and totally fit, though she worked to get there. See:
Now, aren't you impressed? I've heard her give tips on lifting and exercise before but I loved this talk the most. her focus - can you make lasting changes?
It is a question that I have a vested interest in. Since I am in the process of making a huge change I go into it with the hope that I can make it lasting and that my work isn't futile. I want a healthy lifestyle and a healthy weight.
What I took away from her is that I need to be the catalyst for lasting change. It isn't that there won't be bumps in the road, but as she put it "Fall Down 7 times, Get up 8." That is exactly what I need to put into practice at the start of my journey. Falling down is not failure. Failing to get back up is the failure. We will all fall down; change in life will alter our situations and responses; times of stress, illness or crisis will provide ways to get sidetracked from a healthy life.
It is up to us, it is up to ME, how I want to live my life. If I want to make a lasting change then I have to get up when I fall down. No matter if it is 7 times, or 7 times 77 times. (Sounds very like the whole premise of forgiveness that Jesus puts forward, but that is another blog post).
The other key thing I took was setting your goals to be successful. Be specific and really map out what you want and how you will get there. For example:
Task: Join Weight watchers and a gym.
Action: Attend meetings, track my food, workout 3 times a week.
The goal informs our planning but the more specific we can get the better it will help us focus on what we really want. The goal can be anything - run a marathon, have a baby, fit in the skinny jeans. Whatever is motivation for YOU.
Mary was a great first speaker and even though she is super buff and skinny she is honest with her struggles. I appreciate that and I appreciate her.
My question for you is:
What is your goal, your tasks to get here and the action you will take to make it happen?
Tune in later for the recaps on the next speakers!