What if your excuse became your reason? What if that lie you are telling yourself about why you are not getting started were to disappear? Would you manifest a new excuse or lie? What is the truth at the base of the big story you are telling yourself? What is it going to take for you to make a change in the positive direction you know you need to go?
For a good few years I had been allowing myself to live with a fine tuned set of excuses that allowed me to ignore one of my deepest passions and allowed my ego to commit personal martyrdom on my health & fitness. My excuses came in the most non-unique forms, no time, my child, my work, I had a baby, this project, that project, I need to make chile, I need to plan this, I need to rescue that, so and so needs me, … “you get the picture”. Being healthy & fit had always seemed to come so easy until I gave birth to the most fantastic blessing in the world…my daughter. BUT, something seemed to happen to my brain between the last contraction and the relief of the epidural. The ability to manage my life, deal with the screaming entity..(that’s right, I was the one with the constant screaming child at baby bootcamp) became a shockingly hard exercise in extreme coping & calender management. Then once I got back to work, well, throw the entire “got dam” calender out the window and just stick to survival. Leaving the house caused too much stress for my sensitive little one. So why not get on the spin bike in my office? Well, I needed to be playing with her, watching TV with her, napping, cooking, cleaning for her, oh, and bringing in a pay cheque.. wait a minute, did I not have a live in nanny for 3 1/2 years?.. Oh yes, one lie after another was slowly carving another dimple onto my ass and two croissants had taken up residence on my waste, the cantaloupes on my chest…well we like those! Enough was enough, I wanted to be at yoga, the gym, I wanted to sweat, and to be my healthy goddess self. I just had to get really clear with some boundaries around carving out that time for myself.
So, several transitions later, a little bit of “oprah life class”, a six month old puppy, and a good smack down left my excuses on the chip trail. Basically, my hotter than hot bff walked in my house, the picture of a healthy sex goodess at 40 something, looked me straight in the eye and said, “where is your integrity to your body?” Holy begeesess…who’s the coach here? Reality check! My daughter needs a ma ma that is happy, healthy and revitalized…she needs to be the REASON I get my out that door, not the Excuse for why I don’t. My vision is that she and I are running, doing yoga and living a fit life as she grows up. So wake up, get the dog out the door, hike that butt up the mountain, drink the green shake, take the vitamins, get to the spin class, feel the presence at the yoga class, and engage in reigniting the passion that your mind & body crave. This is the mantra I am currently speaking. Curiously, my entire life, attitude, business, the whole beautiful package is in a state of reengaged performance. Never underestimate the power of 1/2 hour of exercise in nature! Gratitude for the ability to propel my body, feel sore, stiff, hurt all over and the opportunity to scowl and utter profanity at a personal trainer.
So, what are you committed to getting honest about? What excuses are limiting your progress? What belief is hindering your passion? If the excuse was gone, would you engage? What excuse is wanting to become the most amazing reason you could ask for? How will your celebrate your personal victory of a more positive choice for YOU?
Please leave your comments, feedback and excuse story that you have overcome…I would love to hear all about your amazingness!