Time to brush the dust off this blog! :) Life got crazy busy in a good way! I’m excited to say that instead of working on the blog each night as my creative outlet, I have been doing web work and graphic design projects for others. Click HERE to see some of the graphics I’ve completed for numerous businesses. I have done work on their websites as well. Please keep me in mind! I’d love to help in any way I can; whether that’s making minor changes or completely overhauling an existing website, creating a new one entirely, or designing a logo or graphic. I will work with you and communicate frequently about the project and work/rework until you’re completely satisfied. I’m new, but I’m your girl!
As I alluded to on Facebook a while ago, I started a new series of blog posts that will outline the steps Brian and I have taken on our journey these past few years. Please reread this post entitled, Mountain Analogy to hear how I equate making changes in our lives to taking steps up multiple staircases on a metaphoric mountain. In a nutshell, our mountains represent the journey we are on in our lives and each staircase represents the following paths of growth: physical, spiritual and mental/thinking. Each improvement we make, every lesson we learn, each change we gradually make habitual, helps us ascend upward.
I can’t say/remember for sure in exactly what order our changes occurred. But what I will attempt to do, via this series, is address the BIGGIES first and work up from there. What I’m essentially doing is creating the program/template /guide I’d eventually work through with people whom I train. The steps I will outline in this series will be part of the guide I'll share. Step 1 you ask? Get outside! Make physical activity a habit! Read on...
*STEP 1 - Get Outside! Make Physical Activity a Habit!*
I’m not sure about you, but I think that Spring is the BEST time of year!! I love the fresh start it provides and the rejuvenation we all can’t help but feel.
Spring is the best time of year to begin new habits. … especially the habit of getting outside and MOVING. How you move doesn’t matter. Just MOVE! Start your mountain ascension by creating the habit (and sticking with the habit!) of getting outside and doing some sort of physical activity. Pick your days and times. Maybe it’s three nights per week where you will start by simply going on a 20 minute walk. Maybe you’ll eventually add some light weight training in after your walks. Maybe you like to ride your bike. Maybe you plan to play basketball with your kids. Whatever you decide, DO IT! And do it again, and do it again, and do it again. Making this physical activity a habit is your first goal. Don’t fret about the ‘what’ you’re doing just yet. Start by habitually doing. Habitually doing something.
In August of 2015, Brian and I started our consistent habit of physical activity by allowing each other two nights per week to go out and train how we wish. We both work full time, have hefty commutes and have two kids. So adding this routine into our lives, then sticking with it, would only happen if we were realistic with our expectations. For us to each get out two nights per week for an hour per session was a HUGE accomplishment. But we were committed, and we did it! It has almost been two years and we’ve stuck with this routine! Sure, there are many weeks were kids’ activities and work schedules force us to rearrange the days we get to train, but we always make it work for one another. It’s an accomplishment we don’t take for granted. Since we value this time and work hard to carve it into our week, we then make a conscious effort to make the most of it. It’s sacred me-time for us so you’d better believe we make every minute count.
Before we talk about other mountain steps to include in your lives, or the ‘what’ of the physical activities to incorporate (weight lifting for beginners for example), please focus on just this one step. Make getting outside and doing some sort of physical activity a consistent habit for several weeks or even a solid month, before you move on to incorporate other changes. This step’s a fun one! Do it and kick ass at it!
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