Want to be healthy and creative? Want to live your best life possible?
If so, read on for some great tips on creating a fit life.
I want to be upfront and entirely truthful with you. I feel that’s one big thing that is really missing, today. I want you to feel happy with who you are. And because of that, I want to share with you my story and some things that will help you!
I stepped onto the scale. A number I wasn’t happy about appeared, making me feel depressed. Utterly shocked.
At that moment, I was the heaviest I’d ever been. It made me upset with myself. How did I let myself come to this? I decided I couldn’t live like this any longer. So I picked up the pieces and started constructing a path back to the “me” I wanted to be. You can also do this!
Have you ever felt this way?
If so, right now is the moment your life is going to change.
Make a promise to yourself that you aren’t going to be who the mirror or the scale tells you that you are.
Seeing It in Others
Not too long ago, I was out shopping with my fiancé and my wifi connection was very bad inside the store, so I went outside to try get a better signal. And don’t ask! I have no idea why the wifi was so horrible inside and so good outside. I kept myself busy while waiting, as I always do. Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved watching people. I wanted to know what people’s stories were. It must be the fiction writer in me. . .
I stood there waiting as a heavier woman walked toward the store entrance (let’s call her “Sue”), as an average woman in a bright dress walked out of the store (how about we call her “Anna”).
“I love your dress!” Sue said.
“Thanks!” Anna smiled, walking past Sue.
Once Anna was far enough away, Sue uttered in a hopeful yet doubtful tone, “I wish I could wear a dress like that . . .”
I don’t think she knew I’d heard her. It struck a chord in my heart.
I saw Sue disappear into the store, but I really wanted to run after her and give her a hug. I wanted to tell her, “You can wear the dress. You are worthy. You are beautiful and have everything it takes to get there. You just need to see it and decide what you’re going to do. You need to choose yourself.”
I did it. I know you can too.
You can achieve anything you want to if only you start. That’s the true heart of this book. The Chinese poet and philosopher Lao-tzu said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”
Are you ready to take the first step?
Your Journey Begins Now
Your journey begins now, with choosing yourself. Just as it did for me. It’s important to choose yourself because if you don’t, who is going to? And you deserve it.
We only have one life, so it’s important to choose ourselves, now, so we can live full and amazing lives, doing and loving what we do. In this chapter, you will find creative projects that will help you start out on this journey to create the fit life you want to live. First, I want to share with you a note for the journey ahead.
I want to fill you in with all of the amazing things that you are going to experience in the days, weeks, and months ahead.
You wake up in the morning and pull on your skinny jeans. You feel comfortable. There isn’t a muffin top or spare tire around your waist. You don’t feel any bit of discomfort.
The jeans aren’t tight around your waist or legs. No more feeling like a stuffed turkey on Thanksgiving Day or a stuffed sausage. I know—gross image, but still, you know what I mean!
You head down the stairs of your apartment and feel no pain in your knees. Then when you get into your car and buckle your seat belt, you don’t feel your stomach bulging over your seat belt.
The button on your jeans doesn’t feel like it’s about to burst, and you don’t have to unbutton it to sit comfortably. I know, maybe that was too much information as well. Your seatbelt is resting flatly against your stomach.
When you walk into your art gallery, you feel like your smile is changing the world. And it is. People will see the difference. You don’t just feel like a changed woman on the outside, but you feel like you’ve changed on the inside too.
When you live with confidence, you’ll also make a difference in others’ lives. People will ask you how you’ve changed your life around and how you lost the weight. They may even notice how happy you look.
This, my friend, is the future you. You are just months away from meeting her. She rocks and she knows it! But not in a cocky way!
When you are a creative professional who takes care of yourself, people will take you more seriously. It’s sad, but true.
Since there are great and awesome things ahead, I want to tell you that the good doesn’t come without some bad.
Here are some tougher things that may be ahead:
When these possible joy stealers come knocking, try to ignore them.
- Your little critic will try and get you to quit. How is it that our worst enemy is sometimes us?
- Not wanting to get up earlier in the morning to get your gym time in before work.
- The tempting candy you found in the closet from last Halloween.
- The moments when being lazy sounds nicer than the great feeling you have after accomplishing a workout.
- Doubt that you’ll ever be able to reach your goals.
- Comparison. If you see a woman who is ahead of you in the fit life, comparison will only steal your joy and make you feel like you’re not achieving enough.
- Low self-esteem and wanting to give up.
Don’t let your little critic devour your joy with these emotional trolls.
Throughout the book, I will give you creative challenges to do or think about. I believe that our creativity has a huge impact in our fit journey.
To begin your journey, take up this challenge. Find pictures and paste them onto a sheet. You are going to make a vision board. Actually, you are going to make two vision-type picture boards.
Your Two Picture Boards:
1. What-I-Want-To-Change Board
With this board, you are going to find pictures of what you consider to be unhealthy habits or what you feel unconfident about in your life.
Some examples that different people might have:
- Pictures of cigarettes = I want to quite smoking.
- A picture of unhealthy food = I want to stop overeating and lose weight.
- A picture of a computer = I want to stop wasting time on the Internet and get active instead.
Use your imagination. Don’t get down on yourself with this board. This is a challenge to identify what things you aren’t happy with. But don’t body shame or be too hard on yourself!
2. Vision Board
With this board, you are going to find pictures of things that will inspire you during this fit journey.
• A bikini = I want to be able to wear a bikini confidently.
• A bright bowl of fruit = I want to eat more fruit.
• A runner running a race = I want to run a half marathon.
Doing this challenge will make your goals seem MORE attainable.
You can achieve anything if only you put your mind to it. You can and you will!
Creative, it’s your time to start.
Small Pep Talk:
Now, in order for any of this to work, you need to be all in.
You must do the hard work.
The results will amaze you and others.
Want more on living a creative and fit life? Check out my book, Creating A Fit Life!