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Committing to your good health


My yoga teacher training requires a big commitment on my part. I have already had to decline a variety of social activities because this is my priority right now.

I have been thinking a lot about priorities lately. About what is important for me and to me. And what makes me happy. (Don’t forget about Do you want to be happy?)

One of my friends/co-workers told me that something I said to her lately really hit a chord. And she suggested this be a Monthly Challenge.

I love ideas, suggestions and questions that lead to posts of any kind. So let’s try this for Go Fit Girl’s October Monthly Challenge.

What is a priority in your life? What is important? If something is really important you will make a commitment to it.

We all have excuses for why we don’t have time for something, right?

Choose a focus/commitment for the month. You, of course, can choose more than one. But don’t overwhelm yourself.

You can make a commitment to eat healthier; eat at least one fruit and one vegetable a day; get to the gym at least three times a week; do something that makes you happy (don’t forget about that theme we are working on for the rest of the year and was part of September’s Monthly Challenge); learn a new craft; get back into your favorite jeans or sexy leather skirt; take a class you have always wanted to take (academic, crafty, toward a degree, something new to learn or enhance); start exercising; drink more water; volunteer with an organization you’re passionate about; lose weight; join a political campaign; try yoga, Pilates, spin, Zumba, etc.; read a book; start a garden.

The options are endless. Your commitments don’t have to be strictly diet and exercise. The focus should be toward your well-being, which covers so much in our lives.

Remember all those challenges you posted for Comment Contest Tuesday, which was part of September’s Monthly Challenge? Why not take one (or two) of those challenges and make a commitment to it for this Monthly Challenge?

When it was announced in yoga teacher training recently that a yoga home practice should be committed to five times a week for 45 minutes I first thought, no way! I can’t do that. I am making the goal a little smaller initially and am committing to a home practice five times a week for 20-25 minutes and will work up to the 45 minutes.

Here are my recent commitments:

  • Take on yoga teacher training 10-month program (which includes classwork, yoga classes, home practice, readings, homework, etc.)
  • Maintain the Go Fit Girl! blog with posts three times a week
  • Back to healthy lifestyle in terms of caloric intake (regular exercise is pretty constant in my life)
  • Yoga home practice five times a week (which means most days I am getting up at 5 instead of 5:30 for the home practice)
  • Going to bed a little earlier to accommodate the early morning home practice
  • Utilizing my time on the shuttle bus ride to and from work to write posts for the blog and to get in some yoga teacher training reading homework
  • This commitment started yesterday … I am working on not letting anyone, including myself, diminish my light.

And we all probably spend too much time on Facebook, the Internet, playing Candy Crush (I’ve only heard that this is time suckage–I’ve never actually played it). Of course, you still want to make a little time to read Go Fit Girl’s blog and check in on the Monthly Challenge Facebook group page, right?

Feel free to posts your commitments, progress or whatever you want to say about this challenge in the posts below or on the Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenge Facebook group.

4 Responses to “Committing to your good health”

  1. Nicole Meade Says:

    I really like this month’s challenge. Fall is a time for turning inward energetically (at least in places where it gets cold – here in Tucson we just pretend that high 80’s is cold!), and I like that we will focus this month on the inner self – what matters to us?- and then act from that introspection. When I first read this post, I was in a room with my husband, and I said to him: “what matters to me?” He listed, without hesitation, “your kids, doing the right thing, me, laughing, your health.” That man totally knows me. To that list I would add, the health and well-being of others. I would also flesh out ‘my health’ to include “my health and vitality” – to me this means the distinction between surviving and thriving. I’ve thought about for the last 24 hours, and I think I’m doing a good job of showing my kids and my husband that they matter to me, and of devoting the time and energy they all deserve, to them. So, for this month I will keep it up! For the theme of ‘laughing’, I am going to work hard to see things in the lightest and most cheerful possible light. Over-thinking and over-worrying are big problems for me – so this month I will let go of that to the greatest extent possible and take things more lightly – even ‘laugh it off’ or ‘laugh in the face of challenges’ where possible. People who know me know that I am a joking, happy person, and I want to tap into that and let go of the inner worrywart this month. There are always going to be financial challenges, little setbacks at work and at home, issues around aging and self-esteem and worries about the kids – I can’t let those dominate my thinking because they diminish my enjoyment of the good things in my life and do nothing to help me cope with the challenges.
    For the them of my health and vitality, I am going to keep going with the health eating a 4 times a week yoga classes. Those are serving me well and seem to be doable. Your October challenge has inspired me to make appointments for a physical and my annual exam, and also a dental appointment, which is something I’ve been putting off because I haven’t had dental insurance for the last 5 years. I also want to make a stronger commitment to getting at least 7 hours of sleep a night. I am so much more positive when I am well rested! I have also decided that I am not going to drink the coffee at work anymore! It’s tempting because we have Starbucks beans that we grind to serve, and we also have organic half and half provided by our bosses, so our coffee is delish! I find that I drink way too much of it, though, and by the time i go home I’m pretty drained and over-caffeinated. I can almost feel the adrenal fatigue setting in! So I have decided to just consider the coffee at work off limits, which means my one cup at home before I leave for work is all the coffee I’ll drink in a day. I tried it yesterday (and had a cup of black iced tea midday instead) and I felt a ton better and more energetic in the afternoon. The other work-related commitment I will make this month is to not let the moods/beliefs/opinions of others affect my sense of self or my mood. I have gotten pretty good at this in my own life, after years of hard work (I used to be a pretty malleable people pleaser), but at work I still have a couple of co-workers with whom I am not very good at this. They can affect my sense of self or my own impressions of my work product, even though I know objectively that I am doing well and working hard. I still have a hard time not internalizing negativity and not taking on the tasks of others. I am going to work on that this month. For the happiness and well-being of others, I am going to find money to donate to the food bank again this month. I’ve managed to donate at least $35 every month since May, and that feels good. I’m going to keep being a good neighbor (picking up trash, greeting people, giving rides to my kids’ friends, letting people out in traffic and forgiving them for their idiotic driving, instead of honking, cutting them off, etc), and I’m going to look into volunteer opportunities at Primavera, a local homeless shelter, for my teenage son, who was wondering where he could help.
    Thanks Ann – this is going to be a good and productive challenge for me, I can already tell.

  2. Ann Says:

    Wow! Nicole, you are definitely an inspiration. You wrote a lot of amazing things here. But the one thing that really stuck out for me was: I can’t let those dominate my thinking because they diminish my enjoyment of the good things in my life and do nothing to help me cope with the challenges.
    This is so true. I am working on not letting anyone, including myself, diminish my light.
    Thanks for all your comments and willing to share.

  3. Nicole Meade Says:

    Oh and! I will commit to using my custom-blended essential oil that I got courtesy of Go Fit Girl!, which I love and which seems to be helping me cultivate calm, twice every day.

  4. Ann Says:

    Love it! So happy to hear that is working out for you.