If you've read my past blogs, you know exercise trumps cleaning in my world every time. But lately I have been thinking a lot about the link between being fit and being neat. Both require constant attention and upkeep. It amazes me that my house can be clean and orderly one day and a disaster the next. It sometimes seems futile to spend hours cleaning when the results rarely last. I know many people feel the same way about being fit. It can seem overwhelming that the only way to maintain weight loss is to continue to eat right and be physically active indefinitely.
New clients often believe that if they could just get down to their goal weight they could maintain it. They fail to realize that maintaining your weight takes almost as much effort as losing weight. Your body, like your house, has to be maintained everyday. If you don't keep on top of things, a little mess soon becomes a big one.
All the time I am trying to convince people that they decide who they are. Nobody who knew me when I was a kid would describe me as athletic or particularly coordinated. When I was in high school I discovered jogging with my friend Jane in gym class. We were the only 2 girls that actually ran around the track instead of cutting through the grass. This experience literally changed my life and I began to view myself not as an uncoordinated person but as an athlete.
I'm tired of living in a cluttered and messy house just like many of you are tired of living in an out of shape body. I am not inherintly neat, nor am I inherently athletic, but I am willing to put in the hard work necessary to change who I am. I challenge you to do the same.