Saturday, September 4, 2010

Cleaning break

Did you realize that part of the "overwhelm" feeling you have with not getting things done is because you have to first sit down and CLEAN things out? Everyone should take time to truly analyze their lives to see what works and doesn't work for them.  What is it that is holding you back and if it is, clean it out and purge whatever is hindering you from reaching your goals?  As harsh as this sounds, it goes for some tough friendships too.

I have a client who is doing INCREDIBLE and losing weight, looking stronger, and most importantly feeling better about herself and her place in the world.  It has taken a lot of time to get to this point, and she worked very hard to get there. After working on her diet to make it cleaner, her home to feel more organized so she felt less stressed and her routines to feel clean as well and not full of wasted time...she still had something holding her back.

We realized that it was a co-worker who started becoming unkind as my client was getting more successful in reaching her health and fitness goals. The co-worker was putting her own negativity and energy onto my client, and my client was taking it in.  This is when we decided she had to CLEAN out her time spent with people who don't make her feel good. There is no sense of obligation to be around an acquaintance or friend who doesn't make you feel good about yourself and may offset your nerves to overeat, not exercise or take good care of yourself.  You owe it to yourself to share with the person why their words hurt and how they make you feel. That is the difficult piece since it is a hard thing to do.  But you need to treat yourself with the same respect you treat others, and own your own time. 

I ask you to take a few minutes. Write down where you are with reaching your health, fitness and life goals. Write down where you feel you need help and what is holding you back.  Write down HOW you visualize yourself mentally and physically once you have reached your goals. Look at the goals you have in the different columns, and map out a game plan to make the changes with specific dates attached to the changes.  Now take the time to CLEAN out your life and make those goals happen. 

** The next Power Fitness PDX Workshop is  on Tuesday, September 14th, 7-8:30 pm, at Shay's Cafe.  Titled " Balancing Work, Motherhood and Your Running Shoes". Register for your space at

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