Saturday, January 28, 2012
What moves YOU?
(In the pink skirt is OUR survivor and FASTEST runner in the bunch - love you Jojo!)
A frequent topic that crops up occasionally is what motivates people to not just adopt a healthy lifestyle, but maintain it. Some people may stay on track because they want to look good, or feel good, or simply be healthier. Others might have gotten on the path to weight management due to health issues. Then there is the portion of the population that do it only for a one time event. A reunion, wedding, milestone but find it so rewarding that they stick with it.
This weekend we attended an annual race to fight breast cancer. Gathered there were countless individuals whose lives were changed in an instant when they or a loved one were given a diagnosis that moved them into action. There were women and men running their 50th race, or their first. Some walked, some pushed strollers, some pushed wheelchairs. In the crowd were plenty of people who took up a resolution to be healthier in 2012 and this race was their first effort to actually show up for themselves, while doing something for others.
While I like to believe that we should be motivated simply because it is the best thing for our body, mind and soul, the reality is that it does not matter what it is that puts you on the path to wellness as long as you stay there.
But as you embrace the journey, if you find yourself feeling like it might be pointless or not worth all the effort, dig deep and try to motivate yourself. And in this instance, dare to do it for more than just a cause or someone else. Do it for you. Do it because the body you have is the place you spend the most time in, and with and you deserve to exist in the most wonderful place you can create for yourself.