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The shirt was included in my race packet (for the record, I ran the half and not the full marathon).
I did gett'er done. I expected to finish and I did.
Ten years of running a whack of races from 1K - 56K prior to that event inspired confidence; I did my usual routine by:
-- And - to repeat myself - the expectation of crossing the finish line (upright and smiling!).
As a holistic nutritional consultant I love working with people who are accepting challenges to start making changes. In dietary and lifestyle habits. They may be seeking improved wellness, weight loss, increased energy, better sleep patterns, overcoming symptoms of disease - looking for long term benefits and results.
In my work, clients express their sense of need by contacting me or making an office appointment. Like my race analogy, they "register." It's an act of commitment: "I need to change some things."
We get started on a plan. This is where the training starts.
The plan will vary, but working with my In Balance health and wellness participants, it will look something like this:
-- logging food, activity, etc.
-- meeting with me once/week (in person or online) for 4-8 weeks for education and coaching on the factors to build a balanced life
-- being physically active
-- adopting a positive attitude
-- accepting the reality of consistent lifestyle and dietary changes for longterm healthy benefits (i.e change takes time!)
Change - or training - is never easy, even if/and/or when the plan is simple and straight forward.
However: following through to gettin'er done will be more successful - and enjoyable - if you follow these five keys:
-- put aside perfection and "train" with your best efforts - go for excellence
-- accept your body type, your personality - not everyone "runs" at the same pace
-- make both short and long term goals
-- grant yourself some grace and start a daily thanksgiving journal
-- expect to "finish" and align yourself with an accountability partner who believes in you too
It's within your power to knock down the roadblocks hindering you from getting to your finish line. You can make it - you're just not there YET.
I'd love to hear how you get to your finish line. And in the meantime, I'm going to follow through on today's "race plan" - to make a batch of my current favourite cookies: click on Sweet Potato Coco-Nut Cookies for the recipe.