Remember The Why

Never Give Up!

By now the resolutions have been made. The champagne is long gone and hopefully so is the hangover if you “accidently” overindulged. The traditional dinners have been eaten. And the leftovers too. Everywhere I look there is a bit of excitement. Anticipation. Possibility. Opportunities. And optimism for a chance to start over. Or start something new in 2014. And that is awesomeness for everyone who made a resolution for the New Year. Yes.

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But you won’t see me jumping on any resolution wagon. No. You see, I don’t remember the last time I made an official New Year’s resolution. Why? Because I believe every day should be considered a “New Year”.

Think about it.

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We have 365 days a year to start something new. To get where we want to go.  365 days to make a resolution. Or make a commitment to ourselves to do something that creates a positive change in our lives. Or our bodies. Whatever that positive change is, it takes hard work. Courage. Faith. And determination. To be more adventurous. Lose weight. Start training for a race. Run more.  Run farther. Take more photos. Write more.  Eat healthy. Eat less. Save money.  Or join a gym.

But here’s the thing. Come February. Or mid-March the excitement. Anticipation. Possibility. Optimism. And opportunity of that New Year’s resolution is gone. The hard work has begun. And many of us will believe the lies we tell ourselves when things feel difficult that it’s okay to give up.

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And sometimes it’s okay to give up. As long as you pick up where you left off tomorrow. Because to create positive change. Lasting change. It will not be easy.

 At some point you will want to give up. You will be disappointed. You may even fail. And you will find yourself caught in the middle of what it is you want and what it will take to get there.

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But the more you challenge yourself. The more you tell yourself you are a boss. And show up. And keep showing up. I promise you. You will lose that weight. You will have run the race you trained for. Your gym membership will have been worth it. And eating less. Or eating healthy doesn’t feel like work. The positive change you wanted in your life will become your new normal.  Because you will love yourself more. And you will feel how worthy you are of whatever it is you dream of.

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But you have to want that positive change. Every single day. Until the day you reach your goal. And on that day, you won’t turn around and go back to where you were. No. You will have come too far. And worked too hard to become a better version of yourself. You will have come too far to go back to being a lesser version of yourself. So you will set another goal. And you will know for certain you will reach that goal like a boss.

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But don’t get me wrong. I love the excitement. Anticipation. Possibility. Opportunities. And optimism of a new year. A chance to start over. To do better. But if you made a New Year’s resolution, think about why you made that resolution. And hold on to that why as tightly as you can, so you don’t lose it. Because I believe by changing our mindset. By looking at every day as a chance to start over.  By looking at every day as a chance to do better. By making every single day an opportunity to get ready for “bikini season”. And remembering why we made that resolution or commitment to ourselves in the first place. We can. And we will. Become stronger, wiser and healthier than we ever dreamed we could be.

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Happy New Year to each and every one of you pretty awesome people and my wish for you is nothing but the very best for you and yours in 2014!

So far in 2014, I have run 14 miles, spent the day at the ocean and I also have been chosen to be a Girls Gone Sporty Ambassador! I am thoroughly excited to represent a community that believes healthy living is contagious.  Check them out!

Did you make a New Year’s resolution?

Do you have any exciting plans for the weekend?

Have you been active in 2014?

Until next time, always be true to yourself and think like a boss!

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21 thoughts on “Remember The Why

  1. Hey girl….the only resolution I made to myself is to focus on the word dedicated as written about in OlivetoRun’s blog. This weekend, we are digging out from a huge blizzard that is currently hitting us….40cm of snow and -20 degree temperatures….fun times here in Nova Scotia.

    I have been active in 2014….5k on New Years Day with the group. We should have a group run tomorrow but I’m thinking the roads are not going to be fit…will need to reschedule!

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  3. Awesome post. I’m hoping for a lot this year, but no resolutions. Like you said, everyday is a new day. Each day we need to be resolute.
    Have a great new day, month, year and life!!! 🙂

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  4. I like your attitude 🙂
    I haven’t made any resolutions. I know myself too well 🙂 Well, I have goals, but I have them regardless of the time of year, and I know that often I will fall two steps back for every step forward. But I just keep trying 🙂

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  5. I love your energy and resolve. I admire it so much when it comes to your running and as always your energy just leaps from your words to the reader. I like your ‘holding onto the whys’ idea. The other thing about whys is that they help you get excited and dream. So if you ask yourself for example, why do I want to run, why, why why and keep answering the why question over and over – you will reach that deep place from which the loving motivation comes. The real stuff of life. It’s an awesome trick. Try it out. And happy new year!

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  6. Eat healthy–but it’s not a resolution, it’s a lifelong goal. I just turned 50, so I want to live as long as I can in a healthy way. That means no more crap in like I used to. . . and a mile a day on my feet. Minimum.

    Healing from my plantar fasciitis. Get back to strength training. EVENTUALLY get a half marathon done–stupid heel.

    Love your post. So true.

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  7. I don’t make resolutions but I do choose a word that signifies something that I’m working on that year. Two years ago it was “acceptance.” Last year was “fearless” (which was appropriate!). This year’s is “joy.” It seems to work for me!

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