Okay, be honest, how much do you worry? I’m not talking about concerns over finances, careers, important relationships, etc. No, I’m talking about chronic fretting about the little daily issues that do not matter in the grand scheme of things. Unless your lack of fitness or over-indulgence in unhealthy food and drink is about to literally kill you, the daily worrying over what you eat, when you workout, how your clothes fit accomplishes nothing but raising your stress levels.
Yet most of us do it, and people, we all need to stop! There’s enough real issues of concern on this earth, our bodies are of lesser importance. Now while this may seem counterproductive to a professional fitness trainer and her blog focused on getting your body in shape, I know full well that a healthy happy mind set will do more for one’s health than stressing over a missed workout or too many servings of holiday pie.
There’s something to be said for the wisdom of the 12-step serenity prayer. Even removing “god” from the prayer (as I am not a religious believer) stills delivers solid advice that we should all heed:
“Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference.”
Here’s the real message I want to impart today. Have he wisdom to realize when you’re worrying over something that simply doesn’t matter. So what you had a Pumpkin Spice Latte. The big picture is what’s important. Why aren’t you healthy to begin with? Why did your body get so badly out of shape? You’re in charge, why have YOU dropped the ball?
Worrying doesn’t change you – acknowledging that YOU are choosing to eat poorly, and not put priority to your fitness needs is all on YOU. You can change your nutrition, and stick with it when you are truly ready to. You can make weekly workouts happen consistently when you are truly ready to. You can change that situation or relationship in your life that is crushing your spirit when you’re determined enough to. So stop worrying and start doing!
As I’ve stated in many of my weekly blog articles, motivation is key. All the sound advice in the world won’t help you until you’re ready to help yourself. When you decide that what you’re worrying about needs to be fixed, then you’ll simply sit down, outline the steps needed, and start walking! You will accept that you cannot change and find courage to change the things you can.
So ponder this deeply the next time you’re lying awake at night, or struggling with depression over a seemingly insurmountable pile of problems. Recite the prayer, change your focus, and see your worries from a clearer perspective. I believe the new year is a great motivator to commit to making real changes for the better. I believe in YOU.