I don’t know about you but I am SO thankful to tear August off the calendar and move on to September. I had some great experiences but I had some really heart wrenching ones. I’m ready to move on….
…..I mean REALLY ready to move on.
But everything I get ready to move on, I find myself staring into my eyes in the mirror, wondering how in the world I’m still stuck in the SAME place I was last month, last quarter, last year and all I can say to myself is….
“Something came up.”
It a phrase I hear often. I cannot deem it as an excuse because no one has ever really defined “something” for me. Something could be needing to leave town or a really good episode of the Real Housewives of Atlanta. But for a lot of people, “something” is really an issue.
I can be a little hard core. I have been known to do everything shy of busting through steel gates to get to where I said I was going to be. I am stickler for commitment and keeping my word. If I could list EVERY thing I’ve ever had to jump over to get to a class or a training session, I really believe there would be some type of CNN Live special on me. But when things are voluntary, like I don’t really “have” to go and it’s more about “me” than me disappointing my students or clients, “something” seems to become a lot bigger than it really is. And looking back, that basically translates to mean I didn’t want to do it in the first place and saying “something” (like not “defining” a relationship….and you know what kind of trouble THAT can cause) gives me permission to jump in and out of doing what I said I was going to do.
It would be easier if I just did it and if something came up that wasn’t life threatening, I needed to push “something” down until I got myself to the gym, the grocery store or in the kitchen. And that’s basically it.
I have decided that September is the time.
I have actually made it to the gym quite a few in a row (which, when you work at the gym, it’s hard to convince yourself to go in voluntarily sometimes. And I went in on a Saturday AND a holiday.) I have packed my bag at night. I have made extra trips to the grocery store to make sure I had what “I” needed (because, of course, my family has been kicking it from barbeque to barbeque all weekend while I worked but I’m not bitter at all). I even made an awesome quinoa salad (something always comes up and I sort of forget to cook) with my daughter last night:
2 cups of cooked quinoa
1 can of chick peas
1 can of black beans
1 cup (or more) of salsa (your preference as you are mixing. We used about a cup)
two medium tomatoes, diced
two small persian cucumbers, diced (a regular cucumber will do)
handful of cilantro (we like A LOT of cilantro)
4 drops of lime essential oil (or lime juice)
cumin, sea salt and pepper to taste,
avocado for garnish
Mix and eat!
On my way to the IDEA World Fitness Convention, I read “Making Success Mandatory” by fellow FitFluential ambassador Jeremy Scott. At the beginning of his book (and it’s a good, quick read if you are lagging behind and need a dose of reality on how to get yourself into gear), Jeremy asks these questions:
- Are you living life on your own terms?
- Do you run your day or does your day run you?
- Are you giving the world your full potential each day?
- Is there something more you could be doing with your precious time?
Or, my question, are you a victim of “something came up?”
One of Jeremy’s principles that I ABSOLUTELY agree with (well, I agree with a lot of stuff he wrote) is: “DECISIONS DETERMINATION DESTINY.” So, if that “something” is a football game (not necessarily a bad thing), don’t be mad at the person who decided to work out and eat healthy that day while you were tailgating, turning up and eating hot wings. If that “something” is your nail appointment (again, not a bad thing) don’t be upset at the person who went to yoga and painted their own nails when they got home and then you have mat envy when their pigeon pose looks awesome and you wonder why you are still struggling after five years.. YOU get to decide what you do with your time. You determine whether you are going to follow through with the promises you have made to YOURSELF about eating healthy and exercising. YOU determine if that “something” is your exit out of a life you are tired of living into something greater….or an excuse.
I’m feeling pretty good. And I’m ready to rock out September. Because I’ve decided that I’m going to rise up higher than that “something.”
What goals have you set for yourself for September?