Curve balls and speed bumps – 40 Day Fitness Challenge

I started this fitness challenge because I wanted to push myself to change.  I had hopes of learning to enjoy exercise and guard it as a higher priority in my life.  I was looking forward to dumping some bad habits and falling into a new routine.  The problem is that even the best laid plans come with curves in the road and unforeseen speed bumps.  I n0w understand clearly why this is considered a challenge!  My mother and my sisters visited me over the last four days – as much as I treasured our time together, my drive and dedication suffered in my fitness challenge.  I watched the priority of exercising sliding slowly down the list of what I deemed important for the weekend.  Why is it that we struggle so terribly when our “routine” becomes anything but?  I have pondered this question all evening in hopes of sharing some enlightening epiphany with all of you to no avail.  My realization is this:  priorities are a choice.  When our routine changes, we have to fight twice as hard to ensure that our intended priorities do not change.  I failed that pop quiz this past weekend, but consider the lesson learned.  My priorities were {in no particular order}:  laughing, talking, drinking, making memories, dancing, getting family ink, passing a roadside sobriety test, eating junk food, bonding, loving on my nieces, and taking too many pictures.  My only recollection of any form of exercise would be the hour of booty shaking I did with my family at the club on girls night.  Fortunately, every moment of our lives presents a new opportunity to make a change.  I think family fun time and girls nights are priceless and should be a priority.  I know that keeping fitness as a priority regardless is the change I am committing to make though and I will have to continue to make that commitment over and over again… and that is okay.  🙂

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6 thoughts on “Curve balls and speed bumps – 40 Day Fitness Challenge

  1. The number one thing most people need to learn is that dieting isn’t always a good thing. What most people who are overweight need more than anything else is to incorporate positive lifestyle changes into their daily routines. People scoff at the notion of taking the stairs or parking farther away and yet those are perfectly plausible methods of working a little more physical activity into your day. If those do not work for you how about learning to dance? Seriously, there are beginner dance classes in most communities that will welcome and invite dances of all ages, sizes, and fitness levels if you are willing to make the effort. What a great way to get fit, learn something new, and have fun without filling deprived.

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