if it is to be, it is up to me

Posted on March 9, 2013. Filed under: goals, health, motivation, wellness | Tags: , , , , , , |

How often do you set your alarm a little earlier with the intension of hitting the gym, only to reset it to your normal wake-up time? Or get caught up in the business of your life and let your health and fitness goals collect dust? Yes, I think we have all been there. I am there now.

To fill you in; I have just moved from OH to DE for my first job as a physical therapist. I have always had a love and passion for fitness and nutrition, but found my passion faltering as I adjusted to my new life. The business, lack of funds, and well, loneliness of moving and starting a new life in an unfamiliar place got the best of me.

I was missing my routine. I didn’t have a workout buddy. I wasn’t making a paycheck yet so didn’t have the liberty to motivate myself with races. I didn’t have a gym to start swim training for tris, pump metal to ready my body for long bike rides, or absorb the enthusiasm from other like-minded people.

I was in a self-diagnosed fitness rut and found it difficult to dig myself out.

But, as my boyfriend says, fitness is physics. A body in motion stays in motion. And a body in rest stays in rest. I have goals I want to accomplish this year and they won’t happen if I stay in rest. Namely, complete a half-ironman (I have done several olympic tris) and Boston Qualify at the Columbus OH marathon in October (I was 4min behind last year). These goals will not be accomplished if I don’t get my mind and body working together to conquer them.

So, I decided to start back with the basics. I reminded myself I didn’t need a gym membership or special equipment to conquer my goals. And yes, while I appreciate and feed off of others training with me, if I wasn’t dedicated to training on my own, I sure as heck am not going to meet my goals. Because at the start line, I am left with my own preparation.

So what did I do? I went back to the basics.

I made the outdoors my gym by lacing up my running shoes and hitting the pavement. I found a park and after a run would do tricep dips and elevated pushups off of picnic tables. I invested in in-expensive fitness items to do home-workouts. I purchased a physioball, found my old jump rope and therabands, and gathered heavier objects around the house (ie gallon jugs filled with water/paint cans) to use for squats and other body weight exercises. I got out my old fitness magazine workouts I ripped out and stored away and I searched my fitness section on Pinterest and actually put these workouts to the test. I found websites that offered free videos like Youtube yoga videos or high intensity interval training videos from http://www.bodyrock.tv. Then I USED them.

Using our resources; that’s the key. We can’t live vigorous lives by waiting for our lives to move us; we have to do the moving. Whether it is a fitness, work, or other extra-curricular goal; it won’t get accomplished if we are not able to motivate ourselves to get after it.

Whenever I lack in motivation, my grandpa’s motto comes to mind, ten 2 letter words to live by: If it is to be, it is up to me. I WILL train and conquer a half-ironman this year.

What will you do?

Live vigorously,

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