In­spi­ra­tion for change comes from within

Isis Town and Country - - Kolan News - By SIG PE­TERS: SIGSFITBITS@HOT­MAIL.COM


Last week I touched on the idea of goal-set­ting. This week I want to let you off the hook, just a lit­tle bit any­way. Here’s why.

To have a goal means to have a dead­line or fi­nal des­ti­na­tion.

Sure, in terms of health goals, it’s a great op­por­tu­nity to change be­hav­iour and de­velop habits, but what hap­pens af­ter you run the marathon? Af­ter you lose that last 10kg or af­ter the muchan­tic­i­pated high school re­union?

Let me ask you this. Do you want to be the per­son who ran the marathon or do you want to be the per­son who lives ev­ery day a healthy and happy life­style?

You know that anti-cli­mac­tic feel­ing af­ter the race, once the hon­ey­moon is over or at the end of the 12-week gym chal­lenge? We want the next best thing to get our at­ten­tion, sus­tain our en­thu­si­asm and keep us from fall­ing off the non-ex­is­tent wagon.

The new word I would love for you to adopt is ‘in­ten­tions’. In­ten­tions to do your best, re­mem­ber­ing that your best is al­ways good enough.

I in­tend to walk ev­ery day for about 30 min­utes, but yes­ter­day the kids were sick and my hus­band was still out in the pad­dock, so in­stead of feel­ing lousy and de­feated that I couldn’t reach my goal for that day, I chose to come from a pos­i­tive place and have an adapt­able mind­set and do my best. My best yes­ter­day was a 10-minute dumb­bell re­sis­tance-based circuit in the lounge room. I sweated and it felt great.

Goals are ei­ther reached or they are not. Daily in­ten­tions are sus­tain­able and com­pas­sion­ate choices that we make but can ma­nip­u­late given that, stuff hap­pens.

Long-term out­looks are a great in­spi­ra­tion for change, but do­ing your best with the in­ten­tions you set is the key. We will look more closely at this in terms of ex­er­cise and nu­tri­tion but for now, be kind to your­self and do your best.


LOVE YOUR­SELF: Be the best per­son you can.

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