We've had a record amount of snow this year in Northern Ontario. I am desperately trying to keep water out of my basement as Spring approaches, so the other day I shoveled all the snow off my little deck. As I shoveled, I pondered 2 things: 1) how many calories was I burning, and 2) isn't this a metaphor for Life?
Let me explain. It's not a new concept or mantra to 'take one step at a time' but what does that mean in 'real' life? Shoveling all that snow off my deck, one scoop at a time, really brought it home for me. Now I know that big dreams or goals aren't done in an hour or so, but the pride of stepping back when the goal is reached is amazing, isn't it?
I have always loved the work KAIZEN. It means baby steps. It means breaking down your goals into teeny tiny steps and staying consistent. Small steps + consitency = GOALS REACHED!
I just started exercising again after.. let's just say a REALLY long time ;) Previously, I was working outside the home, and the last thing I wanted to do after being out all day was to go back out to the gym, so I did home workouts. But now, I work from home, and the opposite is true.. now I'm looking for excused to get OUT of the house, so I joined a local gym. I'm not here to debate in - home or at - the - gym workouts. Here's what I do to be consistent and stay motivated: I don't go with any expectations about the workout itself, I just promise myself to just get there. Just get in the car, and show up at the gym. That's my goal for now. I do the same with my at home yoga practice - just get to the mat. The rest will take care of itself. If I can't finish the exerice class or the yoga practice, that's OK. At least I SHOWED UP. That's 100% more than I was doing before!
The other thing I promised myself I will not do is barrage myself for looking how much weight I've gained, how I 'used' to be in better shape, ect. The past is gone, all I have is right now. In this moment I have the power to make decisions that will change my future. We are not at a stand still. Either we are deteriorating or we are growing. We need to take responsibility for that, and also live with the results - good or not so good.
All that from an hour of shoveling.. and who said that was time wasted?!
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Stay well, my zesty Friends!