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Last year around this time, something in me stirred that things needed to change. I was in a looping cycle of poor habits that included unhealthy eating and a sedentary lifestyle. I felt yucky 99% of the time. And I was finally ready to do something about it. I’ve never been one to quit a challenge and once I made up my mind that things were going to be different, they just were. I started making better choices in the kitchen, starting with portion control and swapping in healthier options instead of my go-to snacks. But I wasn’t quite there on the exercise routine until recently.
For several years, my main exercise was simply walking. I’d put the baby in her stroller and take a stroll myself. We’d usually go around the block (about a 30 minute walk) but sometimes it was longer if I was trying to get her to nap! The walking was pretty consistent every day but it wasn’t really pushing me closer to my goal of losing weight. My pace was slow and my main purpose for walking was just to get the baby to sleep. It wasn’t the best exercise, but it was a start!
For years I allowed myself to make excuses for WHY I couldn’t get healthier. “I guess my body just wants to be this size”, I’d say. There were failed attempts in the past, all self-sabotaged. I was tired of making the excuses. And I was tired of having to come up with the excuses. I knew that my moment had finally come.
The excuses ended on the day I made my Vision Board. It was simple enough; my mom’s group had gathered with old magazines, paper board and glue sticks to cut and paste together a vision board for ourselves. The items we were adding to our vision board were supposed to speak to us personally and strongly in some way and to help us manifest our goals in a tangible way.
As I flipped through the pages, tearing things out and snipping away, things started quickly falling in place. I didn’t have a plan for the board but it developed into a complete expression of everything I’ve been hoping, wishing, and praying for recently in my life.
On my vision board there’s a section on travel and one for work focus, an area for family and relationship, and several large sections for health and fitness. I took my completed vision board home and stared at the images. The words all spoke volumes. I was ready for change deep inside and it was time that my body took action to make my goals reality.
It was finally my time so I started something totally new. I exercised every day for 30 days. And by exercise, I don’t mean a slow stroll around the block! I’m talking jump squats, weights, ab crunches, and heart-pumping cardio workouts. Those first few weeks I was absolutely pouring sweat, panting with my mouth open and my body hurt everywhere. This was the first real PUSH I’d given myself in years and my body was feeling it!
I’d lift up my toddler and my arms were aching from weight lifting. I’d sit up in bed in the morning and notice the deep twinge in my abs. I’d squat to get something out of the cupboard and, “Oh, ouch!”, my backside was so sore! It was a good feeling, despite the aches and pains. I was finally using my body the way it needed and each muscle was getting worked.
Giving Even More
I’ve kept up with my new fitness and health routine and I’m feeling fantastic. But I often forget that I’m 45 years old and my body isn’t exactly the same as it was 20 years ago! I do tend to overwork myself, and have some occasional back and muscle pain.
Naturally, I don’t want to stop working out. I’m driven to finally meet my goals, so I don’t want to give up exercise when soreness works into my body. And who has time for sitting around to “rest my tired body” when there are kids to take to school, sporting events to attend, soccer games to help coach and little people who want to play at the park!
I recently discovered Aleve Back & Muscle Pain at my local Walmart. I added both the Aleve Back & Muscle Pain and Aleve PM to my shopping cart, along with heavier workout weights so I can keeping pushing myself towards my goals. For those days when I’m feeling the aches (hello, leg day!), I take an Aleve to help with the occasional pain. Aleve provides me the all-day pain relief I need but still allows me to keep pressing on each day. There’s no backing down now when I’m so close to finally reaching my goals! Only Aleve offers up to 12 hours of pain relief in just 1 pill*. All Day Strong, All Day long.
*Among leading OTC brands, based on minimum labelled dosing. Use as directed. For occasional sleeplessness associated with minor pain try Aleve PM.
A Vision for Myself
My vision board has truly become a treasure to me and I wanted to put it in a safe place that I’d see on a daily basis. I chose to pin my vision board to the ceiling of my garage. Now everyday when I’m laying on my yoga mat to do crunches or fly press with my weights, I let my eyes focus on each section of that board.
I highly encourage everyone to create a vision board. You might go into vision board-making knowing what your goals are already. Or you may be like me, and just let your mind and inspiration take you through the process. This is a great girls-night-in activity where you can share old magazines and create your vision boards side-by-side, inspiring each other.
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