Tuesday, December 8, 2009

'Tis the Season of Change...


Hey everyone! It has certainly been a while (pretty much a year!)… While I’ve been absent, I have not forgotten about what I attempted to start here. In looking over old posts, I find it very ironic that on this same day last year, I wrote a post entitled 'Tis the Season ...' -- something I did not even realize until I finished drafting this post. Strange how the mind works. Well, it’s been a long year of ups and downs for me and mine, and some of the price paid was the price of time. Of course, there is never enough for any of us, but we make do with what we have. The past year has had its share of every type of malady around: health issues, family issues, and the economics of the world we live in these days, just to name a few. They all took their toll, but I vowed to myself that I would make every effort to get back at this before year’s-end. Well, I made it, not by much, but I did. So what have I learned over the past year? I learned that while I didn’t always feel good mentally or physically, I am a strong person. I won’t say I overcame certain challenges that came my way, but I dealt with them and moved forward. With some of that strength, I most importantly tried to maintain harmony and sanity within my family, I put in extra time and effort developing my gym business, I also continue to also work my office job, and lastly, I always remembered to take care of me. I still hold very true to my belief that you must at some point take time for yourself to care for yourself. That is what helps keep you not only physically strong, but sometimes more importantly, mentally strong. I will reiterate old posts by saying that the kids will always need something, there will always be a schedule to follow or deadline to maintain, there will always be cooking, cleaning, shopping, etc… to be taken care of. The thing that won’t always be there though is your health. Why is it that so many continue to put it on the back burner and think it will take care of itself like magic? Believe me, if there was a magic pill, I'd be first in line for it, and would pay almost anything for it! That, right there, is what I want to focus on as we end yet another very fast-moving year.

It physically pains me to sometimes see the way people struggle to go up some stairs, chase or play with their child, or merely walk from one end of the room to the other without getting winded. What does this tell you? Are you at your optimum health, is your heart working at the rate it ‘should’ be, are you heading into your future with a clean bill and long road ahead? Probably not. Why do you keep putting this off? You can give yourself every excuse in the book, but in the end that’s all you are doing, making more excuses to yourself. Over the course of this year, the one thing I never stopped doing was working out. There were days it was all I could do to get out of bed, but I did it—and I felt amazing afterward. I have said since I started this, ‘think of exercise as the one good thing you will do for yourself that day’ … and that’s what I did. No matter what happened after that, I knew that while I couldn’t control the things taking place around me, I could only control me—and I did.

My wish for you for this upcoming new year is that you find the courage to take that first step and that you start taking care of you. Take care of yourself before it’s too late. Here’s something to get you started. Since the Fall of last year, I’ve been helping out LA-based trainer Valerie Waters on her fitness forum by giving input when her girls needed advice on their diet and exercise. I’ve been following these girls since Val’s inception of her famous Red Carpet Ready Program. I’ve also been lucky enough to meet many of girls personally and be there with them through their personal triumphs over getting control of their own health and well being. Seeing the results in person is believing…this program is believable. I've watched total transformations taking place. This is a program that pretty much anyone at any level can partake in. It’s great for just about anyone with any type of body issues. Check it out—this could be the jumpstart you’ve been looking for. Click to be Fit!

Are you ready to roll?

6 comments:

Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said...

You are one strong woman! And, you're right, Val's program is a great place for people to go to meet their healthy-living needs. Social support, will-power, and knowledge-power are great ingredients for success!

MB said...

Excellent post Linda!! I'm right there with ya....we gotta take care of ourselves in order to meet life's challenges head on and be successful!! Here's to a super fabulous, peaceful and prosperous new year!!

LeeAnne Hebert said...

Linda my friend, I love this - I guess the one thing I will take away from this is to workout everyday for myself... I've had my ups and downs this month, but more ups than downs thanks to you love and support - hugs missy!!!

Anne said...

Such a great post, Linda! Over the last few days with my family's illnesses and sleep issues, I've realized some of what you are saying. Your words are echoing in my ears (I even re-read the sentence about there always being a schedule to keep and shopping to do, etc.). Thanks for being such a support this past year in the RCR forums.

Valerie Waters said...

I love this post and I am glad to see you have returned to your blog. You have so much to offer. The Red Carpet Ready Club is better because your in it and offering your wisdom, advice and encouragement. I thank you for that and I know how much the girls appreciate your tough love.

Wishing you a magical Christmas!

Rachel said...

Great post Linda. I feel truly blessed to have met such wonderful likeminded women through Valerie Water's Red Carpet Ready Club that are striving to be the best they can be in body, mind and spirit. Have a Merry Christmas.