I know that it has been a while since I last issued my newsletter. If you missed it, I am sorry. I have no excuse other than that I have been dealing with a lot of stuff in my personal life that I am not in a position to share right now.
In this New Year honeymoon period, one does tend to reflect on the previous year and make plans for the year ahead. One of my realizations is that if you want something you don’t have, you have to do something you haven’t done (or aren’t doing or maybe stopped doing), because a successful person gets it done no matter what.
My areas of focus this year are my health, family, and my business.
Under health, I used to go to a gym like clockwork. It was on my way to the commuter train I used to take to get to work. Many times, I was there waiting for the gym to open at 6am. I happily and energetically worked out 3-5 times a week and my health and fitness was at its peak – all shortly after having two babies at the same time. And then we moved and I cancelled my gym membership. It was a small gym with only a few branches and certainly none 500 kms away in my new neighbourhood.
Of course, I have a national chain gym within a five-minute drive of my house. I know myself well enough that I won’t go to that gym despite the fact that my bank is across the way and my usual Starbucks is on the other side of the parking lot. The path to this gym isn’t part of my daily routine. I won’t go there because I will have to change something to get there. Like myself and my habits.
However, my daughter has just started cheerleading lessons a good 30-35 minute drive (longer if it is snowing) from home. And it is not worth driving home and back again. The cheerleading gym is in the back of an industrial building, deep in an industrial park. You really have to know it is there to find it. Even the signage is hidden. Google Maps could only give me a rough estimate for where the building is located.
Not far from this gym in the middle of nowhere, is a branch of the same national fitness chain that is near my house. Now that I am essentially trapped and need to find something to do for 90 minutes two to three times a week, going to the gym seems so much more appealing. It is better than wandering around a mall, which is the only other attraction in the area. And don’t you know it, they have a 20-minute workout circuit set up for people like me who just want to go in, warm up, do a workout, shower, and get back in time to pick up my daughter before her training is over. Now it makes a lot more sense to join this national chain.
So, my New Year, New Me plan is taking shape. I have joined a gym. I am working out 2-3 times a week. I have that happy ache of knowing I worked out and the sore muscles to remind me that I did a good job of it.
I hope that you are able to find your motivation and desire to create the routines that will support your goals. Remember that if you need help creating your plan to achieve your goals, I am here to help you and keep you accountable.
To your success,