Wellness; a process not an event
When I experience a regular, healthy fitness regime blossom in someone where there was none before I’m like a Jack Russell Terrier sniffing out the precise thread of events leading to this sustained eureka. Nail this why and what and I can pass this onto others and share the inspiration. Alas, finding that specific thread of success is quite frankly, illusive. Or if I can indeed identify the source it is often uniquely specific to that particular person. What works for you doesn’t necessarily work for others.
Extrinsic motivators tend to be our first line of action to change our behavior. Our consumer culture convinces us that making a purchase equates with changing a habit: buy the sneakers and new exercise machine and therefore we will exercise. More stuff on its own (sadly) doesn’t build a good habit. Don’t get me wrong – I love a new pair of sneakers! But in the deepest, darkest West Coast winter, it’s not what gets me out the door.
Real change can’t be purchased, is harder to find but will last you a lifetime. Find a collection of healthy habits that light you up. For the next month, give yourself a “tasting menu” of activity: outside, inside, group, individual, spin class, pilates, running, yoga, dance. Bowen Island’s options are endless. When something resonates for you, specifically acknowledge the sense of wellness and reward yourself with the no-guilt permission to carve away this time for yourself every week. Commit to this for at least 8 weeks. Determination is an endurance sport all on its own requiring inspiration, drive, and desire to make it happen over and over again until you can’t live without that good habit. So get ready to roll up your sleeves, allow yourself room for mistakes, and know that it’s a process not an event. Your unique approach to wellness is waiting for you.