WritersButt Wednesday: Create a Powerhouse in You!
Well, hello my WritersButt Warriors! Who feels like a warrior? Anybody? After an unplanned week off for you all last week, I’m back! Come on, pretend you’re thrilled. Aren’t you just a tiny smidgen happy to see me? I’ll assume that’s a yes.
Ok, so I had a totally different WritersButt post to give you all today but I’ve changed my mind. As they say, that’s my prerogative. I’ll come back next week with that other though so that I can say something else today. So sit back a moment and let me share what’s been curly-swirly in my brain today.
(image created at wordle.net — wish it was bigger, oh well, next time!)
Consider this. When you love something, you feel good. When you feel good, you are inspired. When you are inspired, you are more creative. When you are more creative, you are limitless in what your can do, imagine and dream.
So, how do we get to that magical limitless creativity? Go back to the beginning.
When you love something …
If I asked you all, what do you love, would immediately answer, “Myself”? I’m betting only a small minority, if anybody. But you are asking yourselves to be spouses, parents, friends, writers, entrepreneurs, motivators and more. How can you be all those things at your highest potential if you don’t start with loving and believing in the source? You!
Loving you starts with taking care of your body and mind.
I know that when I make choices to be fit and healthy, I not only feel good physically, I am hopeful and energized. I feel I can do anything! When I hit a rough patch and maybe turn to some not so smart choices, I feel sluggish, frustrated and guilty, because I know I did it to myself.
This is not to say you have to be ‘perfect’ all the time. Anyone who knows me can attest that if I go to the movies, I get movie popcorn. I walk into the theatre and the smell makes me smile. That stuff is terrible for me but the movie is so much better with my popcorn. Because I’m so disciplined most of the time, I allow myself that popcorn, guilt-free, and enjoy my reward for being consistently on-track. Funny, whenever I’m not doing very well with my diet and fitness, and I have that same popcorn, I don’t enjoy it as well because it represents another bad choice. But if I’ve been on-track, I can love every fluffy, crunchy, popped, kernel.
Emotions play such a vital role in the choices you make and how you feel about them and yourself. So often people tell me, “I’ve been so bad” or “I’m such a loser” or “I tried but I can’t …”
We are faced with choices almost every moment in our day. The key to changing habits is to take a moment to consider those choices and what you will gain from them and how you will feel about yourself after you make them. Many people will say they want to get into shape and be healthy. But, throughout their day, and day after day, they make choices that do not bring them any closer to achieving their goal of fit and healthy. To make matters worse, they’ll convince themselves (and often anyone else who will listen) why they couldn’t do it. All sorts of excuses.
Do you know what?
You can have excuses. Or you can have results. Not both.
If you want to be healthier in mind and body, make the choices to get there. If you don’t make those choices, you have decided on some level that healthy is not as important as whatever you chose to do or eat instead. It’s really that simple.
Look at a day when you are supremely satisfied at the end. It’s not a day when you lounge around doing nothing; it’s when you’ve had everything to do, and you’ve done it.
~ Margaret Thatcher
Even though changing habits and routines isn’t easy, it’s doable. Small steps. You will not do one workout and turn into a fitness model madly typing away the next bestseller because creativity and inspiration are streaming out of your pores along with your sweat. But that one workout will turn into two. Those two workouts will give you some sore, achy muscles. But instead of stopping, you’ll hear a little Ginger-Voice in your head reminding you that if you keep going, you will feel better, your body will adapt, don’t STOP!
Soon, you’ll be enjoying the changes in your body and how you feel about yourself. You’ll want to do more and do it faster. You’ll crave good nutrition as your fuel-source because the new workout-you can’t run on crappy, nutrient-void, fuel. No, you’ll want the premium, high-octane fuel. The stuff that doesn’t come with an ingredient list the length of your arm, packaged in a box for your ‘convenience’. Because now you know that it’s not convenient to feel like a slug and have your mind be muddled. You want clean, fresh energy!
This entire process creates a snowball effect, but it starts with a choice. A choice to love and honor yourself, to be good to yourself, to give yourself every chance to feel appreciated and nourished so that you will be limitless. Don’t you believe you are worthy of that love? Aren’t you important enough for that attention? I believe you are!
I dare you to love yourself so much that you flourish into a person bursting with inspiration and empowerment. Be that person! I’m telling you, you CAN do it and by doing so, you will motivate others by your example, you will feel amazing and your writing will reflect the powerhouse you’ve created inside of you.
On that note, here are your challenges for this week:
One-legged potty squats. Don’t GASP! Yes, these are hard but you can do them, maybe with a little help if you have something nearby to help you up. Every time you go to the bathroom, (you’re still getting your 100oz daily, right?) do 10 one-legged squats, alternating sides, so 5 each leg. (If this proves too hard, scale back to the regular squats but increase this week to 15!)
Bonus Workout to be done 2 times this week:
5 rounds of –
20 jumping jacks
10 steps walking lunges (hold your dumbbells if you have them)
5 Push Ups
*Time yourself and see if you can beat your time on your repeat try!
Make at least one dish this week that you’ve never made before using fresh, whole ingredients.
Look how vibrant and pretty! Beauty inspires creativity, even in the kitchen.
Here is a salad-combo I made last week that I’ve never tried before. I used spring greens, fresh strawberries, avocado, deli-turkey rolls (I bought the kind with no gluten, msg, etc.), and topped it with freshly sauteed garlic asparagus. Oh my gosh you guys, this was SO good!
Have a fantastic week!
Posted on February 29, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged choices, fitness, Ginger Calem, health, inspiration, mini workouts, motivation, recipes, self love, whole food, WritersButt. Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.