By Rachael Taylor
So last Sunday was the Super Bowl Game and can I just say not only was it was an "edge of your seat" game but it had a fantastic halftime show by Justin Timberlake! But for me the best part was hanging with friends and munching on these yummy foods throughout the day.
See photo below:
We got most of our cheeses and meats at the Farm Shop at the Brentwood Country Mart and the rest at Whole Foods, I highly recommend the spicy pickles from Farm Shop by the way.
With the Winter Olympics starting this week, they had a bunch of inspirational ads that made me feel like I should get up and do one legged squats right then and there. It's always inspiring to see what these athletes have accomplished and seeing their passion for what they do.
Especially this ad with Lindsey Vonn and being reminded what she came back from.
Go ahead, watch it - I'll wait. (I promise it's worth it).
Ironically I just learned how to downhill ski last December - I still look a bit like Lindsey when she is a kid pizza wedging (pointing her skis together) down the mountain.
Watching that video honestly puts a bit of a lump in my throat. Because while I haven't had an injury as intense as that, I have gone through my fair share of injury and corrective surgery. For me, each time felt like a defeat. But Lindsey took it as a challenge.
And I started to get curious about what was going on in her mind vs. my mind when recovering from surgery and getting back to being strong. What was different?
Then I realized, it's her mindset.
She took something that should have stopped her and instead leveraged it to her advantage. Just look at the last words of the ad "Lindsey Vonn is the best of U.S.". Pretty impressive!
That's why this week is all about how to find that inspiration that speaks to you to keep you going, fight back and hit every goal you set for yourself.
So how do you find that inspiration that not only brings the fire but keeps it burning?
I made my own acronym about it: P.U.S.H.
P is for Passion.
When you're passionate about something you'll move heaven and earth for it. But what about when you're not feeling particularly passionate about exercise or eating better? Ask yourself two simple questions:
What will your life be like in 5 years, 10 years or 20 years if you don't change anything?
What will your life be like in 5 years, 10 years or 20 years if you built a healthy lifestyle and took better care of yourself?
Find what you need to do in order to make that happen. Is it changing up what you eat? Moving more often? You probably had something pop in your head right as you were reading this and you know exactly what you need to do.
U is for Unexpected.
Make it something different than you've used in the past for motivation and inspiration. Because your reasons for wanting something change over time. Look for inspiration in places your brain doesn't usually think about.
S is for Steady.
Find an inspiration that will carry you through the hard days. Because there's ups and downs to anyone's health journey, just like there's ups and downs to life. Find that person, reason or bigger picture idea that will consistently keep you going.
H is for Habit.
Building a new habit doesn't have to be hard. In fact, I did a whole workshop on it here. It will open in a new window so you can keep reading. You need to connect your inspiration to whatever thing you've committed yourself to do, learn or change.
When you've found what will P.U.S.H. you towards your goal, you'll find that building that new habit is actually enjoyable. Because you're passionate about what you're doing and why you're doing it, it's unexpected and exciting because it's different and it's a steady rock on those tough days, you'll find that it's suddenly not so hard to make that new habit.
And when you master it and hit that goal, you'll probably find yourself thinking "Why did I think this was tough in the first place?"
Comment in the blog below what your inspiration is and if you're having trouble finding it, book a complimentary 45-Minute Session with me to dive into what your health goals are and how I can help you get there, in a pain free and fun way!
Fun News Moment!
I now offer a Group Coaching Course centered around how to bring more self-care into your life without feeling guilty so you can look and feel your best.
It only runs at certain times each year and each round has a limited number of spots open. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested in knowing when the next round will happen.
Who is this for?
Problem >> You don’t have healthy boundaries around work, relationships or personal care.
You know you need to take care of yourself but spend your days running around and feeling like you don't have the time.
Result >> You want to put yourself first without guilt and stop sabotaging your self-care.
You want to look and feel your best as well as set an example for your family of what a healthy lifestyle looks like.
It's a 4-week program with live group calls every week and access to me for a 30-minute private coaching call.
Contact email@example.com if you are interested in joining the next round.