26 Jan

Tomorrow I am beginning an exciting adventure. It’s my birthday and the starting point for a new plan.

Throughout my whole life I’ve always pictured myself as healthy and strong. I’ve also always assumed that I’d live to at least age 100. When you are younger it’s easy to make big statements about what you’re “going” to do! But, as the years of my life pass, I’ve really had to take stock. I’ve had to decide what actions need to accompany my big statements.

One action I’ve decided on is to publicly post fitness photos of myself annually. It will be kind of like a birthday gift to me. As I explained in a previous post, I’ve noticed that one group of people who post such photos are those who are committed to maintaining their fitness over the long haul.

I’m officially joining that group tomorrow.

Some might wonder about the motivation behind such public displays. No, it’s not to brag or to get attention or any of that.

+ It’s part of my plan to keep myself focused and on track. As I look over the photos of other people who track their progress over the years in photos, I try and imagine how they felt about seeing this progress. I wonder how many times it helped them make the right food choice or helped them make it to the gym when it was cold or wet outside. If you commit to publicly show the end result of your efforts, it makes it easier to take the small steps towards the longer term goal. That’s the theory at least!! Ha! Please send me some good wishes to support that intention!

+ And, how amazingly wonderful would it be if someone saw my pictures and said, “Hey! If she can have those biceps at age 64, I can at age 54 or 44 or 34 or whatever.” How many times have you heard someone (yourself?) say, “If s/he can do that, so can I.” And, you can.   If my pictures can encourage others, I’d be really happy about that.

+ As a child I was taught that being a successful girl / woman meant that you needed to “let” the man be strong which meant that I should aim to be weak. Weakness was the end goal? That didn’t work for me then and it doesn’t work for me now. Strong is always good. It’s good for men and it’s equally good for women. We should all encourage everyone to be their best at whatever they attempt. Please, be your strongest physical self and make good use of all your intellectual ability and grow into your best spiritual self. If I can continue to encourage women to be their best, that’s good. If I can help some men see the value of all of us working to be our best, that’s good too.

So stay tuned…. Tomorrow I’ll post more pictures.

Let’s ALL be strong!

Let’s ALL be our best selves!

Lots of love to ALL on that path!

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