Thursday, May 22, 2014

Focus. Breathe. Keep It Going. Push Through...

Words I have on repeat when I lift, run or, when I teach my group cycling class.

Focus on what you're doing.
Don't hold your breath. Breathe.
Keep the momentum going....
And push through...
You have more in you to give.

Interestingly enough...

These very words also apply to all facets of life and not only...

When it comes to lifting weights, running, or keeping my bike wheel turning.


I mean...

How often do you find yourself having to...

Focus on what you're doing...

Remembering to breathe as you keep yourself going in the 'busyness' of life and...

Pushing through and keeping strong when you think you can't any more. (Or when your plans get interrupted, so to speak.)

I know I do.


But, when it comes to my healthy living journey...

I've learned that this lifestyle requires on-going practice and that...

It also requires a personal commitment from you which.....

Is something I know (and have experienced) that...

Will make you healthy (and strong) from the inside out. (Being healthy doesn't just happen. We consciously have to work at keeping our overall well-being in check by FUelling ourselves right (not only with respect to food) and, by giving our body the exercise it needs.)

Going out for a walk.
Getting some air.
Breathing.
Enjoying.

That said...

As I continue to practice the principles of healthy living that I've learned over the years (4 1/2)....

I've also been practising at being more mindFUl about...

Taking (more) moments to breathe and slowing down! (I don't always need to be on the go in order to be healthy! It's okay to pause and give ourselves a break! Not only in body but, in mind too!)

Also...

I've learned that the lifestyle requires us to be kinder to ourselves in our goal to be our healthiest self. (It's not always going to be easy which is why every day I wake, I practice at keeping myself in good health. We can't punish ourselves or feel bad if we aren't always 'on target', nor can we compare our own efforts to those of others. We have to learn to love and be patient with ourselves, and not to lose faith in our efforts. Practise makes us more aware about our needs both mentally and physically and we need to continue doing what we're doing for own well-being. It's not about being perfect, it's about doing what's good for us.)

Every step counts.

With all of that being said...

No matter what it is we are doing or are working towards remember to...

Focus on what it is YOU want for YOU and not what you think you should want based on everything that's out there. Do what's good for you and your health.

Breathe and remember that not all days are going to be great days. Just relax, take a breather, regroup and don't be afraid to rest. Sometimes, that's exactly what you need to...

Keep it going. Who said we always need to be 'on' in order to move forward. Give yourself time to slow down, it's good for you. You can't always be on the go without burning yourself out. Learn to embrace the change of pace from time to time and...

Don't forget to...

Push through (not just physically) when you think you can't any more. It's amazing how powerFUl the mind is. I mean, how often can we convince ourselves that we are unable or incapable of going after what we've set before ourselves. Of course, sometimes we have to veer right, left or make u-turns but, pushing through those mental barriers gives you a chance, an opportunity to open yourself up to a world of possibilities you have within yourself. So, believe.

Pushing through the running mental barriers and...
Working my way past 5km :)

Questions FU You...

How often do you take moments to breathe? Slow down?
When's the last time you pushed through a mental barrier?
Words that you have on repeat when you're out exercising?

Stay Tuned FU More On *CaNdY FiT*

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12 comments:

  1. love love love when I come by and see (!!!) youve linked me.
    Im still struggling but still working to end that GLORIFYING of the BUSY.

    xo

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  2. I repeat "suck it up buttercup" in my head when the going gets tough. It's my mantra for pushing through the hard things...

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  3. I definitely had to push through this week at Crossfit as we had Benchmarks - it was so wirth it! Same goes with my private life, but here I ALWAYS take breaks to breathe and being aware of eveything that happens inside and outside of me-

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  4. So true Kierston! I am a big believer in what you think about, you bring about, so focusing on what is most important to you, will allow you to reach it! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  5. Yes! Visualize the goal and give yourself a break. such a hard balance.

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  6. Yes.. I have to slow down right now in life. Like Carla, I don't want to glorify busy. I want to slow down and soak it all in!

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  7. LOVE LOVE LOVE! It is all so true. It always amazing how the lessons I learn from sport translate so easily to life as well!

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  8. Great post. Remember this is all practice really helps keep me from freaking out if I am not "perfect". And I wish my mind was a great at telling me what I CAN do as it does with I CAN'T.

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  9. I am trying to do this more & more... :)

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  10. It's so true- being kind to ourselves, taking breaks, slowing down... those are all so essential to becoming our best, and healthiest selves!

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  11. amen sista. i needed this reminder. be kinder, breathe, slow down. xxoo

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  12. You'd think at my age that I've have these things down, but the truth is, I must practice the above mentioned on a daily basis-- You're so right, it's just like fitness, you must stick with it or you loss it!

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