Over the last few weeks, I have had several people ask me why I'm doing what I'm doing. Why am I coming home from work everyday and instead of relaxing, I'm working out? Why am I turning down the glass of wine I used to have and replacing it with another glass of water? Why am I completely ignoring my television set unless it's playing Insanity and is giving me a chance to sweat away the stress of the day?
Because really, all of that is hard. It's not always easy to make the good decision, the healthy decision. Sometimes heating up a frozen pizza seems like it would be so much simpler and quicker than making a clean, healthy dinner.
I've struggled with how to answer them. Why am I doing all these things? When it comes right down to it, I'm done with taking the easy way out. I'm finished with accepting any less than the best I have to offer myself. I always excelled in school, worked hard at my jobs, tried to be the best friend and family member I possibly could. So I finally realized - if I'm willing to put that much effort into work, school and other people that I love, shouldn't I be putting that much effort into myself? Shouldn't I go to bed every night being completely proud of the life I'm living because I know that I'm giving myself the best possible future?
I think I should, so instead of putting myself on the back burner for an elusive "someday" that will never actually get here, I turned today into someday. I'm doing it today, tomorrow and for the rest of my life. Because to live a completely happy, peaceful, engaging life I have to be committed to myself - so here I am today, healthier, happier & prouder than I ever have been before.
I suppose this is my long-winded answer to everyone who's asked me why I'm doing what I'm doing.
So, now I ask you? What are you doing? Are you proud, happy, healthy and engaged in your own life? If you're lacking in any of these, I ask you to join me in my next Challenge Group starting May 27th. Together we'll get there - together we'll rock!