Week Five: Proud and Powerful
Whew!!! What an eventful program! Give yourself a big high five. You have just completed four challenging weeks of training. By far, one of the hardest aspects of integrating new behaviors into your life is becoming aware of and changing the old ones. Why? Because it really is easy to allow ourselves to do the same thing old day after day. Doing the same things without giving them a second thought allows us to be very lazy! We don’t have to think or make decisions, because the status quo seems safe and comfortable. Pretty soon we have developed a rut, with walls so high that even the idea of altering our routine is inconceivable. And often we are so deep in our own little world that it becomes impossible to see the possibility of change. Change takes thought, awareness, determination, and evaluation, all of which require us to be mentally and sometimes physically active. And that, as you have discovered in this program, is work! One of my friends has a saying I love, “ A workout is 75 percent determination and 25 percent perspiration.”
That is why you should always take time out to reward your efforts. Treat yourself to something you really enjoy - a little bit of luxury that reminds you of the fact that you are special. You deserve the best things in life, even if you can only afford such an item or activity once in awhile. Make an appointment to treat yourself to something this week. How about a manicure, pedicure, full body massage, or facial? If these items are too pricey for your budget, create a spa day at home. Apply a face mask, fill the tub with a bubble bath, light a candle for atmosphere and soak! Or invite a friend over and take turns manicuring and pedicuring each other’s hands and feet. Bring the spa home.
My favorite indulgence is a full-body massage! I love to have all of the tension released from every muscle by a capable professional. But sometimes the best massages are delivered at home from my yoga tune up therapy balls - I’ve taught myself to be a pretty incredible masseuse!
Whatever you decide to do, the point is to enjoy it. The rewards you reap today will only increase the positive outlook with which you will face tomorrow. Feel as if this is a week of renewal. As you begin to prepare for the next week, the new workouts and exercises you will try, and the new challenges you will conquer, remain assured in the success you have already experienced. You deserve to feel healthy, confident, energetic. Reward yourself! You are on your way!
Week Five: Proud and Powerful
Week Five… DONE! I hope you feel proud and powerful within yourself after five weeks of consistent workouts and healthy lifestyle habits. As you approach the end of this program, take a moment to reflect back on your past experiences. What good things have come from the different challenges you have experienced? What changes do you notice in your body? In your mindset? In your relationship to yourself ? Share one thing you’ve learned about yourself in the comments below or in the SBB facebook group.
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