Last updated on January 22nd, 2019 at 02:08 pm
It takes years to work on fitness dreams, from gaining health to losing weight. These things take time.
So does coming to realize what my own dream needs: focus.
That might sound stupid. After all I have been sharing with you dear dreamers all about how I lost 75+ pounds 3 years back. It feels like forever but I have been delaying on getting the next phase of my fitness dream rolling for that long.
Dreamers understand there are times when the energy needed to focus on big dreams is just not there. We can also completely relate when the day comes that the fog lifts and a spark of determination kicks in.
No lightning strike or epiphany, but I can almost pin point the day.
Anyone who has learned how to cut back, budget and keep it real in this economy will understand that there is work and there are jobs. The job I had until 5 months ago was just that. A j-o-b. No creativity, no excitement, no brain cells allowed.
The first of the year I made a change that refreshed by brain to the point that I’d forgotten I’d had those creative skills buried deep. It was a great experience that I will always credit for getting me my brain back.
Start-ups are tough business though and I had to find the next phase of my career. Luckily I will be keeping up with the track record of finding a company with a positive message to spread.
The truth is I can’t dream with life changing issues hanging over my head. I don’t think any of us truly can. We can talk it up, think we are making progress. Then we turn around years later and the big dream steps have dust bunnies keeping them company.
Getting fitness goals on track takes work.
Just like any other dream, right? And the work that I have to do is not a mystery to me. It is a skill I picked up a while back and have been incorporating into making my living for years.
Getting my web site up should not be rocket science. Being too close to the process and prioritizing everything else above it started making a mountain out of this mole hill.
Does that ever happen to you?
There’s something on the to-do list and it sits there forever. You might even have reminders that pop up about it. The fact it’s sitting there is not quite enough to make you take that first step to get it checked off your list.
The Fitness Challenge Online web site is my “it”.
I skated by with basic updates, knowing that like any ignored web site is all but invisible to the world of search engines.
I’ve worked next to our fearless leader Catherine. I know that everything she tells you about doing your dream online is painfully true. There is no magic button that drives traffic to your fitness dream web site, no matter how fun you think the logo is.
Fitness web sites take time.
I have been beating myself up. For not having the years of content edited, videos not posted, and SEO ready happiness to spread to the world. Yes, there are so many stories I want to share, videos I want to shoot, and support I want to offer.
The foundation of those goals starts here. I had to get over it, and start getting it done.
I had to get over the perfection factor and start talking about my fitness dreams here. No matter how ugly they are in the beginning.
Isn’t that why we are all here at 8 Women Dream? To support each other on the path to get to our dream goals?
Baby steps to dream fitness goals are still steps. Add them to your win list.
My win this week was to simply edit and update the site with some critical changes that make search engines happy. I also managed to edit one post!
My critical inside voice is sitting in the corner telling me “Big deal. Who cares.”. For today I’m throwing a blanket over her head and ignoring the bitch until she has something more positive to say.
Here are some tips to getting your next fitness goals baby step completed.
- Put it on your calendar.
- Keep it simple. For example “lose 20 pounds” is a long term goal. Try “walk at lunch” as a manageable chunk.
- Be opportunistic. If you love the idea of taking impromptu walks at work then make sure you have your walking shoes (and socks) in the car.
- Give yourself permission to succeed. Those inner voices have their own agenda. Try not to let them take over yours.
Permission to succeed on your fitness goals is granted.
I say this to you, and back to myself. It is perfectly alright to want something amazing in your life. That makes us human.
Add something to your calendar right now. I’ll wait… because that’s what fellow dreamers are here for.
Go get your fit on
Heather Montgomery is a fitness writer, triathlete, and blogger who is devoted to sharing what she has learned about becoming a triathlete after age 40. She uses her Metabolic Training Certification to help other women struggling to get fit in mid-life. She lives and trains in Santa Rosa, California, the new home of the Ironman triathlon. You can find her biking the Sonoma County wine trails.
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