Addiction

Play Hard

Howdy!! We all deserve to know what it feels like to be able to move our bodies without worrying whether we can or not.  I remember when I was a kid waking up in the summer and thinking about being outside.  I wanted to run, play, see my friends, get on the monkey bars or the merry-go-round.  My sister and I would have to be called inside to eat and would stay out until it was dark.  I remember waking up the next day and doing it all over.  At no point did I ever remark being too tired to have fun or concern myself with over-training.  I honestly cannot ever looking at my sister and saying, "Yeah, I think I need to sit today out, I played yesterday."  No child was concerned with overdoing it when we were growing up… you played until you passed out.  Really we were just recharging.  

Something changed.  We started sitting for longer periods of time.  Our bodies changed and our emotional worlds transformed as well.  We stopped feeling free to just run around and laugh.  Playing was discouraged and activity became a controlled and specific thing.  You played a sport for 'x' amount of time and you had a million hours of homework.  Rules were put into place around how someone behaves who is mature vs someone who is not.  Playing became something that you did as a child but not as an adult.  If you look around, kids are way more happy than adults.  They are doing something really well and it amazes me how we refuse to truly see what is in front of us all of the time.  Movement is joy.  Movement is fun.  Movement helps you be able to do more movement which allows you to have more joy and more fun. 

Look at your life… go ahead and do it.  Maybe you will want to sit down before you truly open your eyes to it.  If we were taking a walk and I asked you to race me to the next block what would your initial feeling, then thought be?  Most would be freaked out because you aren't a good runner, you aren't wearing the right shoes, you might get sweaty, you only run when chased…  What if I asked you to climb a tree with me or asked you to skip for a bit.  Would you be nervous to move your body or would you be excited to see how fast you could go?  We, as a society, are melting away.  We are so unfit that the younger generation's life expectancy is less than our generation.  We worry about overtraining and needing a day off when all we do is 30-45min of activity per day.  We think eating is the same as going to a movie.  We think wheat thins are food and that food needs to be convenient.  

We have a lot of things to untwist in our heads.  You don't need to eat things that aren't good for you, you want to… and just like someone who wants to do crack, it is wack so figure out a way to let that addiction go.  You don't have to sit on your ass all day everyday, you choose to.  Choose something else.  Seriously.  Stop making excuses.  You don't need to 'rest' from your 'workouts' you need to move your body more.  You rest at night and for the 8+ hours you stare at a computer screen.  What needs to change is your approach to your life, if you want your life to change.  With the right nutrition and mindset you would be bouncing off the walls, helping to create recess at your place of business, and taking breaks to do pushups, relay races and such.  Playing is much more beneficial than working 9 hours a day.  What you learn running around with others about yourself and them is invaluable.  Play activates much more of your brain than imitating a robot.

You deserve to feel great, look great and be great.  Let the excuses go and start seeing how far you can take yourself.  Prepare to be  not only surprised but amazed.

Have FUN!!!

xo

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Making The Habit

Hello! We are all addicted to something, some feeling, some situation, some story, some idea… all of us.  We tell ourselves stories all of the time and we fight tooth and nail to hold onto these things.  We go through serious depression and withdrawal when we are made to let go of these addictions.  Most of us, on a basic level, are addicted to things being the same.  We want things to be static in some way… we want predictability in some area of our world… we have told ourselves that without it we can't function.  When what we eat or how we care for ourselves is actually a detriment to our health, these addictions can turn deadly.  We will decide we cannot do something because of the absolute fear of change, the feeling of being out of our comfort zone and the lack of desire in the moment for anything to be different.  This is where discipline, the ability to call it up, comes in.  When you discipline your mind to be flexible, to embrace change, to have a way to handle the adjustments needed in life to keep you healthy and growing upward.

Discipline.  This is something that we all struggle with in some area of our life or another.  How do we stop doing something that we habitually do?  How do we rein in what seems to be wild and out of control; or totally controlled but just not serving us anymore?  How do we get the strength to "just do it?"  How do we move beyond our addictions or create ones that are healthy?  It seems to be the case that we need discipline to be disciplined.  Eating well, exercising, cleaning, taking vitamins, organizing, emails, work, work/life balance, etc.  All of the aspects  of our lives take some form of discipline to accomplish regularly.  

When we don't have immediate positive feedback in areas we are trying to bring discipline to in our lives we often just say f*ck it and do what we know.  It is way easier to keep things as is… because the change brings with it all sorts of growing pains.  Letting go of what we are addicted to can be seriously challenging if we decide that it will be or if we don't prepare for the resistance, from ourselves and others, that will come up around it.  Even when you are 'ready' to make a change you will be tested in ways.  You will be pushed to the point of teetering back to what you know.  

Along with the challenge of staying the course is the shame or judgment we feel if we get off track once we have made a change.  We immediately believe we are falling backward.  In reality we aren't falling backward, we are still moving forward, it is just that we haven't seen all of the angles yet, so 'revisiting' our past may be necessary to reach the next level of change.  Where the discipline comes in is in the never giving up.  Period.  Discipline is belief that even though you don't want to you, want to.  Even though you don't like it, you like it.  Even though it is impossible, it is possible.  Discipline is believing that you are limitless and that you can do something even when you don't want to.  Discipline takes root when you allow your feelings to come and go like the breeze without ever becoming the victim of them.  Discipline is you ignoring the voices and moving forward.  Discipline is you hearing the voices and not becoming a part of the conversation.  Discipline is you doing whatever it takes to remember where you want to be and head in that direction and, at the same time, understanding that it is an ebb and flow.  

Start small, or start big…either way just start to do something other than what you are doing if you need a change.  Nothing is too small or insignificant.  Where do you want to bring discipline into your world?  

xo

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