Being the older sister here doesn’t mean that I know it all. As a matter of fact, some days I feel like I know very little about this quest for health and fitness. But, some days I find inspiration in all kinds of places.
Today’s post is inspired by a former preschool mom who is on her own quest for health and fitness. She’s funny. She inspires me. She’s awesome. She’s Katie Perham!
Katie wrote a Facebook post in the beginning of January about people writing new year goals. She wanted to talk about how she tries to beat some of her biggest weight loss and fitness fails. I think she hit the nail on the head. I give you the wisdom, fitness inspiration, and encouragement of Katie!!
As one who has lost, and gained, and lost weight, I notice a lot of people talking about their fitness goals for the new year. I thought I’d share my biggest fitness/weight loss fails and how I try to beat them (and sometimes I do!).
1. “Oh, I didn’t get my workout in this morning. Well, maybe tomorrow.”
Nope, Katie. Nope, nope, nope. Do you have magic legs that only work from 8-9 in the morning? No, you do not. Get that body moving. If it’s not the workout you wanted, it’ll be something. Squats while helping with homework. Push ups and sit ups during commercial breaks. Yoga after the kids are in bed.
2. “Well, I just ate that huge (insert fattening/off-plan/delicious food here), so…I guess the day is ruined, pass the Ruffles!”
Hahaha. Oh, Katie. You’d like that, wouldn’t you. Put the Ruffles down and get back on track. Perfectionism doesn’t look good on you.
3. “I’m the slowest, weakest person here. I should just….”
Stfu. That’s what you should just do. You’re lapping Katie on the couch with every 12 minute mile you put down. If you lift that 5 lb weight 10 times, that’s like lifting 50 lbs (don’t question the math, these are Katie yelling at Katie – there’s no place for logic).
4. “Scars, and stretch marks, and loose skin – oh my. They’re not going anywhere, so why even try?”
Because when your leg muscles are awesome and your shoulders are strong and your body can do things you NEVER thought it could do, nobody notices those things. So you shouldn’t either.
I’m sure there are more ways I try to sabotage myself (I’m on to you, Inner Katie) but those are the big ones. If I can get strong and healthy then I think just about anyone can, as I’m not exactly known for my incredible willpower or athletic prowess. I hope everyone who wants to get fit this year can, and that your Inner You is less snarky and much quieter than mine!
Was I right or was I right? Isn’t Katie funny? She does speak the truth though. Couldn’t you have inserted your own name in every one of those places where hers was? I know I sure could.
We all fall off the horse. The thing we have to remember is that we have to get right back on. It’s not after the bag of chips. It’s right back on the horse. We all fail. It’s a fact of life. But, we learn from our failures and that’s the great thing. We’re never to old to learn. I think that is awesome. It’s a new week, my friends. Let’s give it the old college try. We can do this together.
Thank you so much to Katie for sharing her wisdom and humor with us.
“BELIEVE in yourself! Have faith in your abilities! Without a humble but reasonable confidence in your own powers you cannot be successful or happy.” – Norman Vincent Peale