Being Strong

Being strong is only partly physical; it’s also mental, emotional, spiritual, and social. Maggie Fazeli Zard, RKC, senior fitness editor for Experience Life magazine.

This summer I’m focusing my workout program on strength training. My goal is to be physically stronger. However, I totally agree with Zard. Being strong is only partially about increasing how many pounds I can lift.

Even if I’m strong in aspects beyond physical doesn’t mean I’m bulletproof or failure resistant. It just means I move forward in all aspects of my life knowing I’m strong enough for the attempt. There is no “try” in my vocabulary….Tom, my strength coach, doesn’t let me use the word. I either will or I won’t. I know I’m strong enough to accept failure, adversity, or defeat as well as victory.

Affirmation: I am strong.

Coaching question: In what area do you need to build your strength? What step will you take to do this? How will it make a difference in your well-being?

Two Steps Forward

I’m choosing to see tomorrow as another opportunity to do things a little better, and to use the knowledge I’m gaining to make small, sustainable changes–fully understanding that for every two steps forward, I may take one step back.  Jamie Martin, editor in chief, Experience Life magazine

Jamie is talking about trying to keep all her “balls of healthy living” in place…eating well, exercising, getting good sleep, relationships. For me travel can unravel my tightly wound ball of healthy living. Right now I’m suffering from too few vegetables, too many carbs, too little exercise, too much sitting. But, like Jamie, I’m choosing to acknowledge that life is ever changing and I need to adapt to the moment. This week I’m heading to Wyoming where my ball may do a bit more unraveling but I will be gaining knowledge and experience in return.

Starting July 2, I’m taking two giant steps forward…filling my fridge with fruits and vegetables, starting work with Jennifer, my trainer, and settling into a summer routine.

Affirmation: I choose healthy living.

Coaching questions: Where might you be unraveling? What will it take to get you back on track?