There are a lot of things I am addicted to. Some addictions I have had my entire life and some are short lived.
Would it be fair to say we all have at least one addiction? Food, work, social media, shopping, exercising, etc ?
Is addiction even the right word for what I have?
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, addiction is “a strong and harmful need to regularly have something (such as a drug) or do something (such as gamble) or an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something “ https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/addiction
Okay…the second part…check. That’s me! Being a fitness professional I would guess that people would think I am addicted to fitness and exercise. As much as I love fitness, the different styles and ways of training, and learning the limits on our body….this is not my addiction.
I am addicted to wanting to help others discover just how strong and capable they are. For me its that not just that I “enjoy it” its my “passion” or even its my career. I think about it A LOT. A majority of who I am and what I focus on is finding ways to help others discover their potential. I am addicted to helping others discover just how awesome their bodies can feel and how strong their mind can be.
I can’t just tell people how wonderful they are. I need them to discover it on their own so they believe it, see it, and feel it.
And for this addiction I blame others. That’s right, some of you who are reading this, I blame YOU. Because I have seen the change in your lives. You have walked into a room with your head held a little higher, standing up taller, you have told me stories of how your relationship with others and yourself has improved, you smile more, laugh more. You have a more positive outlook on life and now enjoy the little things in life and let the insignificant things have less power over you.
I blame you and I thank you. It gives me hope knowing there are people who are willing to put in the work to make a change. Those who won’t let negative thoughts and words paralyze them from enjoying a life they deserve. To know you refuse to let anyone or anything stop you from receiving less than you deserve.
I do have other addictions…but we will talk about that at the end……
What I wish for everyone who has that true want for change pertaining to their fitness, health, and attitude……STICK with something LONG ENOUGH to get some kind of happy result. Whether the results are on the scale, inches lost, feeling less stressed, more patience with your children, happier, more energetic. etc. Because you will FEEL that sense of pride in yourself, hopefulness, that feeling that….yes…you can do this.
Hard work DOES pay off. The more you do it…the more addicted you will get to that feeling.
That feeling is invigorating, rewarding, and satisfying …….these feelings are what I wish for people to be addicted to.
3 Ways to begin your “feel good addiction”:
1.30 minutes of Exercise every single day. I don’t want people to be addicted to exercising and just going through the motions. Obsession is not what what we are going for. But I do want it to be second nature to them. 30 minutes of working out will be just like needing to brush your teeth in the morning and put on clothes. 6 days a week is ideal. Plan for 30 minutes every day, 7 days a week. (trust me, something will come up one day during the week and that will be your “rest day”).
2. Focus on what you are good at. Stop putting time into what you are not. I know, I know….”work on what you are not good at” is what we have been told our entire life. “Practice makes perfect” right? Here’s the thing. There is soooo much going on in life and so many things we can do. But life is just too short. Too short to be beating ourselves up over the same stuff over and over. So I’m telling you….make a list of what you are good at and what is working and go full force with perfecting that!
Give yourself a break……
So you don’t like getting up early to workout? And you get frustrated with yourself every morning your alarm goes off and you want to slap your alarm clock silly and never end up getting out of bed? Well then stay in bed! Figure out a more ideal time during the day or a way to fit in three 10 minute bouts of exercise throughout the day (lunch time, right when you get home, in front of the TV at night). Just because your friend loves early morning workouts doesn’t mean there is something wrong with you if you don’t.
You hate cooking at home and prefer to go out to eat? Okay that’s fine! (although you may be able to save yourself some $ by eating in and have leftovers for lunch…just saying). Then YOU are responsible for the quality of food when you eat out, and how many calories you are consuming. Check menus online before you go for nutrition facts and decide what you are going to order before you go. And be sure to order some side dishes of vegetables!
3. One day a week exercise or be active with someone you care about or what to create a stronger relationship with. The last thing I want anyone to feel is that exercise is a chore or a daunting task that needs to be done before the day ends. Exercising by yourself can make you feel selfish by taking the time away from family and friends. Do yourself a favor (and help someone else out too) and workout with someone. Take a class together, set up a reoccurring date to take a walk after work with a friend, do partner exercises with your kids, use your cardio equipment after your kids are in bed
Okay just for fun, I said in the beginning that I would list off my other addictions. To make it more interesting I asked my husband if he could think of any addictions I had. Boy was I surprised when he didn’t hesitate to give me an instant list! Here you go..
My other addictions:
Being a good mother
Being a good friend
My husband 🙂
What’s your addiction?
“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it. “Maya Angelou