Is anyone else tired out there? Here in Ontario we’re in the midst of Winter where the daylight is less and so is my level of activity. This is a time when I can easily find myself loafing on the couch far too much. Ok so I have been loafing around too much and I feel horrible because of it. The very last thing I’ve felt like doing is exercising and my aches and pains have returned and my waist line is growing. It’s time for me to change these old patterns I tend to turn to…time to get up and take a leap at being more active.
By the end of February so many of us have made and broken the New Year’s resolution to get moving more…but we can’t just give up. The reality is that I’m someone who isn’t naturally inclined to exercise. All of my life I’ve fought the behaviours which see me avoiding exercise, promising myself that I’ll do more tomorrow. I am capable of coming up with some very creative excuses but in the end that’s what they are.
Today I’m here, writing to you all…thinking to myself “What If”. What if I decided to ignore that instinct to avoid exercising…if I just got up and got moving. What could happen? Well it’s straightforward really…eventually if I just got up often enough I’d be in the physical shape I really want to be in. The shape that I’ve achieved so many times in my life and have just let go…
What if I didn’t give up?
What if I actually took the leap to believing that I’m capable of being a healthy weight, fitness level and allowed myself to set a routine towards this?
Today I’ve decided to fake it until I make it. This is how I faced my recovery from alcoholism. Each and every day I did the next “right thing” until I built myself a foundation where being sober finally felt somewhat natural. Right now I’m committing to doing the same with my eating and exercise habits.
Today I’m dropping the self-image of a lazy fat girl and dammit I’m clutching onto the belief that I AM FIERCE!
God didn’t create me to fall short of my potential and each and every day I’m going to do my very best to achieve it. I’ve encouraged others to move just a bit more each day and yes I’ve done it myself in the past. My vow now is that I will work to embrace a healthy lifestyle long-term; not just to lose weight. No more will I become depressed when my pants don’t fit right…I’m DONE with lowering my expectations.
The Tools I’m Using
I’m dusting off my FitBit Charge (poor thing was lonely) and have a FitBit Aria WiFi Smart Scale all ready to go. The scale isn’t just about the weight, it tells me body fat %age and BMI which will help me to see the positive changes as I go. This technology is fantastic, I’ve had a learning session with the experts at the Telus Learning Centre who helped me to choose the right gear to help me on my journey. I laid out my goals (to lose weight, be more active and be able to see my progress) and they offered up many wearable devices to help. They spent the time to show me the features of the products I’ve chosen and now I feel more empowered on my quest.
To book a session with a Learning Centre Expert, visit www.telus.com/betteryou.
Commit with ME – WIN a FitBit Charge
To honor people willing to #TakeTheLeap my friends at Telus have given me a FitBit Charge to give away to one lucky Canadian reader. As an added bonus, Telus will also help the winner set up a 1:1 session with a TELUS Learning Centre Expert near them to get the full TELUS experience. Finally I’ll offer for the winner to write a blog post on their experience here on SoberJulie.com!!!
It’s easy to enter, just tell me what you’re committing to change in your life in the comments below and fill in the form below for a chance to win. Good luck!