Yes, I do realize that it is now the 4th of January. For weeks, I’ve tried to sit and make myself write, but found one excuse after the other. Part of me is ready to write; the other part says it’s just time to stop making excuses, regardless of how sensible they sound in my own head. Ugh. What can I say, I’m human.
As some of you know, I started prepping for October’s MD NPC Figure competition last August. I won’t say it was easy, but for ten weeks, I found myself more disciplined than I had ever been in my life. The level of dedication I had to my nutrition and workouts programs carried over to other areas of my life. I stopped making excuses, stopped putting so many things off til whenever.
It is now the beginning of 2013, and it has been just over two months since the show. I feel great! I will admit, I allowed the holidays to interfere even though I swore they would not, as I’ve developed a nice, little sweet tooth again. However, I only slacked for about two weeks, versus the traditional Thanksgiving through New Year loss of consciousness and control. I placed myself into such a rigid routine prepping for my competition and for the weeks after…up until the week of Christmas. Yes, it has been hard to snap back into action after bending the rules for a few weeks. But I will and am. On a more positive note, I’ve been beyond where I thought would be with my strength workouts. I’m working extremely hard at the gym and am lifting heavier than ever.
At this point, my goals for the near future are to keep doing what I’m doing and finding ways to do it better and better. I am very excited to certify in Kettlebells within the next month or two. I want to continue developing my knowledge and personal experiences so that I can continue to help my clients on the most individual basis. I have much optimism for the future!
Each month, I will post my own personal progress, both pics & #’s, on my FB page -- (www.facebook.com/MelissaEJonesPT). I’ll also blog and tell you the hi’s and low’s throughout each month and how I managed to make the best out of whatever I was dealt - energy levels, injuries, personal, work & financial issues, time constraints, etc. My only hope is that my progress inspire you and my obstacles give you some idea of how to keep moving forward in your own worlds.
You know, we can sit around and wait for the New Year. We can wait for the first of the month. We can wait for Monday. We can wait for “tomorrow”. But what I found, in my world, was that “tomorrow” never came. “Tomorrow” remains “tomorrow” in our minds. I was allowing myself to make excuses to procrastinate or not do things at all, with less than half being justifiable.
The bottom line is this: Regardless of how justifiable YOU feel your excuses are, they will always be just that … excuses. You can continue to let anything and everything get in the way of what you really need to do or you can find time to dedicate to yourself and what’s actually important. Your health is important. Without it, you’re dead … or your quality of life really, really sucks. It doesn’t mean you have to be a pro athlete, start running marathons or become world’s strongest human … it means accepting responsibility. It means making appropriate decisions for your health. We all have a pretty good idea of what we should and shouldn’t be doing to ourselves. Take steps now to prevent future issues. Trust me, it’s much easier to “prevent” issues than to “deal” with them later.