To Begin Again

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I wrote the title to this post thinking I would explain why I am “beginning again” on this blog. But as soon as I wrote it, I realized those were not the correct words. Really, we don’t “begin again” after there has been a lull in our activity, do we? We simply continue. The lull is part of the process, part of the journey of that “thing” that we began when we truly first began it.

Part of my lull in activity here at Project Whitespace has been because I had to continue my journey outside of this blog. When I first started Project Whitespace, I was not happy with where I was in life. I wasn’t unhappy, but I knew I wasn’t where I needed to be and the blog was a way for me to discover that.

And I did discover it. And so, in October of 2012 I started studying for my personal trainer certification and in April of 2013 I started training to become a yoga instructor. In January of this year, I had grown my clientele to go part time at my desk job, working 20 hours a week there, instead of 40. Recently, I have dropped my hours to 10 at the desk job. My journey has been slow, yet fast, and steady. And I’ve enjoyed it.

But I had to stop blogging for a while, because blogging takes considerable time and my journey outside of this blog needed more nurturing. Now that I’ve dropped my hours at my desk job to 10, I feel I have more time to devote to my writing. And happily so!

And so, I am here at the blog, continuing this portion of the journey. And writing the title to this post prompts me to ask–what journey did you begin that you had to put down for a while to tend to other matters? Do you feel you have to begin again?

I am here to say, not so. Pick that journey up again. You might have to take some time to find the path you were on when you left it, but you don’t have to start over. The things that made you put down your journey were truly a part of that journey. They were/are a part of your process and will be a part of the story you tell when you try to recount your journey to others. It’s what makes your story real and gives you the power to connect with others. So, don’t be discouraged. Keep going.

To your journey, whatever it might be.

Namaste my friends.

Health, Fitness and Integrity

flower yellow1I’ve been thinking about how health and fitness and living a life of integrity connect. When you think about the three of these in the same context, it can really challenge you, so beware this post! :-)

Interestingly, a blogger I follow, known as Kate Courageous, wrote a guest post that I read a while back. It was a great read, but a quote she found to go with it really struck me, and seems to be the best definition of integrity that I can find:

“Integrity: When your words and actions match, and are aligned with your commitments, values, and life vision.” –Matthew Marzel

Whoa, whoa, wait! Did you see that? I have always thought of integrity as being about your words and actions. But it really resonated with me what this Matthew Marzel combines in his definition of integrity–that your words and actions should be aligned with your commitments, values, and life vision.

How do commitments, values, and life vision connect with health and fitness?

I don’t know a single soul on this earth who can honor these three things without maintaining their health and fitness. Maybe I’m a fanatic, but, I believe health and fitness are foundational for the rest of life. No–I don’t just believe it. I KNOW it to be true.

These things take energy and strength to maintain.

They take vitality.

They take a clear mind.

How can we be expected to live a life of integrity if we don’t have the energy to follow through on what we say? How can we be expected to live a life of integrity if we don’t have the mental clarity to discover our life vision?

It has always been a great desire of mine to live a life of integrity. I want people to remember me as someone who did what they said they would do, who lived according to their values, who treated people with integrity. I know I fail at this a lot, and usually it is because I’m overcommited. I’m overcommitted because I don’t yet have that “balance” of mind that is necessary to be clear about what I should be doing, what I want to do and what I can do. That’s a level of health that I have yet to obtain. For me, it’s a higher level of health for I feel I have figured out how to be physically healthy, at least, relatively. But mentally healthy–not so much. I’m not saying I’m a mental mess. I’m saying, I want my mind to be as healthy as my body is.

Everyday, I make choices for my health and fitness. I eat certain foods because I know they are good for me–maybe I need the protein at that moment, or the fiber, or maybe I drink an extra glass of water because I can feel that my body needs it. I exercise–do some cardio and some weight lifting exercises because I want to protect the integrity of this body.

What do I do for my mind? Surely, I read and learn a lot. But what about exercises of the mind for integrity?

I said it is my desire to live a life of integrity. And this desire grows stronger the older I get. But what do I actively and consciously do to protect this integrity? I know I think about it, and I know I make some decisions based on this. But is it something that I spend time on practicing or exercising? I guess what I’m saying is that I need to spend the time actively working on this thing if I want to increase and stay steady in it. If this is really how I want to grow, then what do I need to do to increase in it?

First, I know, I–we must look at our lives and see where we lack integrity. We can ask ourselves, “where do my words and actions NOT align with my commitments, values, and life vision?” Go ahead. Ask yourself that today. Take some time to do this and let me know what you come up with. I have vacation coming up next week, so I know what I will be doing as I lay on the beach.

Until next time . . .

Bethany

:-)

Eating Habits: Are You In Control, or Are You In Charge?

I’m still loving (and reading) this book by Michelle May, PhD., Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle.

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She writes about the difference between being in control and being in charge of your food and eating habits. According to her, being in “control” of your eating habits is all about rules. These rules can be the rules of the most popular diet that is prescribed by the most recent weight loss guru or they can be your own rules that you make up for yourself. On the other hand, being in charge means you have options. It means you get to decide. Michelle expands greatly on these options in her book, and I’m not going to go into them here, but I just wanted to write about this for a bit.

If you think about it, being “in control” in this way is only an illusion, because you have very little say over what you do when it comes to your eating habits. I’ve tried following diets before. It seems like your life has to revolve around them. When I’ve done a diet, I felt like I was always thinking about the food I just ate, the food I would eat at my next meal, and the food I would like to eat. I would feel like I had a good day if I followed the rules really well, and then feel like I had a bad day if I didn’t follow them so well.

As I said in my last post, I decided to take one step that Michelle mentioned in her book: to pause when I wanted something to eat, and simply ask myself, “am I hungry?” I have been doing that ever since, and it has been liberating. In that post, I wrote that asking that question was the only thing I was going to do differently. It didn’t mean I would decide not to eat if I answered it with a “no.” What has happened since then, though, is that I have been more mindful of my eating and my cravings. It has actually helped to take the desperation out of some of my cravings.

I know “desperation” is a potent word here, but, seriously, sometimes that is how it has felt for me. Like, oh my gosh, I just want something salty and crunchy, or something sweet and heavy to fill this…this….whatever “this” is. Have you ever felt like that? It’s crazy!! Let me tell you–I certainly don’t feel “in charge” OR in control when I’m feeling like that. But stopping and asking myself this question has actually relieved some of the desperation around those urges. Actually it has relieved a LOT of the desperation around those urges.

If my answer is “yes,” I’m hungry, then I think–ok, you really ARE hungry. That means you just need to satisfy a physical urge. You can do that with a healthy food item. You see, when I get hungry for real, even then I can feel that sense of desperation and then want to eat something heavy and fattening because I just want to fill that hole in my stomach. Like this:

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(and that’s vegan, by the way)

But asking this question makes me know that I just need to put something in my stomach. I guess it has made me separate my true hunger feelings of desperation from my false “hunger” (or really, non-hunger, or emotional hunger) feelings of desperation. I have actually responded to this question by changing what I ate when I was hungry. I have not, however, responded by NOT eating when I had emotional hunger. I haven’t gotten that far yet.

But, what this has done for me is make me feel that sense of being “in charge” about how I eat. How liberating!! I have CHOICES! I’m in charge!

So, let me ask you–are you in charge of your eating habits, in control, or are you still just desperately seeking food? :-) I can now say I’m in charge. If you are only in control, or if you are still just totally out of control, I challenge you to take that one simple step I took last week, and ask yourself “am I hungry” before you eat.

Am I Hungry? Listening to Hunger Instead of Your Triggers

“The more consistently you use hunger and satiety to guide your eating, the easier it will become to reach and maintain your natural weight without dieting.” –Michelle May, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat

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Should I eat the Twix?

As I said in my last post, I am reading up on understanding weight loss, and I’m starting with what goes on inside of us, our emotions, psyche, to cause us to continue to eat in a way that doesn’t support a healthy weight. I started by buying and now reading a book titled Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: How to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle by Michelle May. I am not finished reading this book, in fact, I am only a quarter of the way through the book, but it’s already eye-opening and I’m learning a lot. I already want to recommend it to you before I even finish. However, I will be writing more about this later when I finish the book, so if you want to wait till you hear more from me, just stay tuned.

I’m focusing in on one of the points that Michelle makes in her book: that we have forgotten what it’s like to be guided by our own feelings of hunger when it comes to eating, and hence, we no longer are able to maintain our healthy weight. She refers to our sense of hunger as an “innate tool” that can and should be used to manage our weight. Instead, we eat for a myriad of reasons, or, our personal triggers: stress, boredom, fear, anger, loneliness–the list goes on. She encourages her readers to do things (you have to read the book to find out what those things are) in order to relearn hunger and to let hunger be our eating compass instead of those personal triggers.

I know I eat for two main reasons–boredom and fear. I am sure you understand boredom. But fear? I have a fear of entrapment. Some people might call me a “free spirit”, and some might even say that’s an understatement. While I am relatively settled (especially compared to when I was, say, 20), I am still definitely a free spirit at heart. I don’t like to take on things that might “trap” me into a commitment that restricts my creative spirit. I NEED to be able to express, and for me, expression comes in the form of movement, voice and exploration. If I can’t physically MOVE, freely (yet with tact) voice my opinion and have time to explore, then I feel like my spirit is dying. When I feel I am in a position like that, anxiety comes upon me and I fear there is no way out. So then I want to eat. Comfort food.

You might look at me and think–”you don’t have a problem with food.” I’m not overweight. In fact, I’m quite fit. But, that doesn’t mean I eat perfectly, or for all the right reasons (i.e. hunger). My problem isn’t gaining weight though. My problem is the other effects foods have on me–health wise. I have irritable bowel syndrome and many of the foods I find comforting are also  foods that irritate my stomach in a big way. Further, I am very susceptible to becoming sluggish, fatigued and exhausted, and when that happens, I go into depressed mode and have a hard time doing anything. It’s pertinent that I eat right for my body, mind and spirit. I do better than I used to years ago, but I know there’s much room for improvement.

There are a variety of things you can do to relearn hunger and allow it to be your food compass. But I think big changes require small steps. The first thing I intend to do is one of the things that Michelle suggests: be aware of it and ask before eating anything: “am I hungry?” One simple question. One small step to relearning hunger. I know I can do this much, and in fact have already begun. I am not trying to do anything else, but to just be aware of when I eat if I’m eating for hunger’s sake, or for some other reason. If my answer to that question is, “no, I’m not hungry.” For now, I am willing to decide to not eat and find something else to ease my fear or anxiety, or to say, “yeah, I’m not hungry but I’m going to eat anyway.”

It’s just one small step. A simple pause and a question before eating–”am I hungry?”

Doesn’t that seem like it would bring mindfulness to eating?

My hypothesis is that for now I will mostly continue to eat even if I am not hungry, BUT, I will become more aware of how often I do it, when I do it, and what exactly might be triggering those feelings. I might be surprised at what I find. And if you do it, you might be surprised as well.

Is this something you think you can do too?

 

Beginning to Understand Weight Loss

trees against the sky with the sunIn my attempts to make this site targeted toward women who are seeking health and fitness, I’ve been scouring the net for resources I can use as part of my education.

There are two directions I am interested in becoming educated in for the near future: weight loss and all things exercise. Yes, this is quite broad. I decided to target weight loss as my main area of concentration right now for two reasons:

1. I already have a foundational understanding of how to write fitness programs that capitalize on exercise—cardio and weightlifting. And,

2. As I have been training people and reading and learning as much as I can already, I am finding more and more that women need help in the food and nutrition category. Why? Because health and fitness centers around food so much, there is no way I can be a great personal trainer without educating myself on this so that I can help others. More specifically, since I want to help women feel good about themselves, and women often struggle with how they feel based on their weight, I need to learn about food, nutrition in general, and our attitudes (as a nation, and as individuals) around foods, eating and dieting.
salad and fruitAs I’ve been scouring the net, one of the things I’ve been seeing is that the literature on these subjects takes two different approaches. First, and most common, I see all kinds of literature out there on how to solve our “weight problems” by looking at our food only.

Diet books, webinars, programs and whatnot are all over the place! You know that. You can choose a fad diet for every day of the week, the month—hey, I didn’t look but it wouldn’t surprise me if you can choose a new fad diet every day of the year. And not even fad diets. Even common sense, good balanced “diets” that aren’t really even diets are out there. If you want to learn it, you can learn it. It’s free for the taking if you are willing to do a little digging.

flower in black and whiteThe second approach I’ve found as I’ve scoured the net is to look at our “weight problems” from an inner perspective. The psychology of eating. The psychology of food. These approaches look at why we eat what we eat. They talk about our inner conversations about food, or our relationship with food. They also talk about our spiritual situations as they pertain to food.

You know what I think?

I need to know both. Yeah, I need to understand the difference between a carb and a protein, a vegetable from a fruit and how much of all of them I should be getting. That’s the practical, need-to-know superficial stuff. That’s the easy stuff.

But I also need to understand the spiritual approach. The psychological approach that looks at our triggers to eating foods and our deep-seated reasons for overeating.

Why do I need to know both of these?

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Because you need to understand both of these in order to be victorious in your health and fitness journey. Because you and I are spirits with physical bodies. We can’t do something to one without it affecting the other.
And I’m excited! I love learning in general, and now that I’ve found this passion and have a direction for learning, a reason for learning, there is so much more purpose to my reading and note-taking.

Over the next while, I will be studying the inner side of weight loss. If you have any questions, please let me know so I can keep my eyes open as I research, and hopefully find something. You can be sure if I do, I will write about it.

Rock on babies!

 

Limitations

Steve at Do Something Cool wrote an excellent post on limitations, and suggested that they are only illusions. It was a great post and I suggest you read it. But it inspired me to take a look at my own limitations, or, the tough spot I find myself in right now.

I’ve been working on my fitness certifications (to include personal training and yoga teaching) for the past year now. After I received my personal trainer certification, I could stop doing the studying for the test, but that didn’t mean I was done learning.

I took on some clients in June. Since that time, I have been working with 4-5 clients. All this in addition to taking my yoga teaching training course and more recently, trying to get an online program off the ground. I spend about 20 hours on fitness stuff each week, and of course, the 40-45 hours of work each week. To think that I’ve had this pace since June, and even had a similar pace (although more like 10 hours on fitness) from October 2012 through June 2013, I guess it would make sense that I would be tired, and anxious to drop my day job and just get on with it!

Here it is October. It’s been a solid year since I began this journey, actively working towards my goal. It’s no wonder I am reaching a hard time right now. I’m entering into a new growing area. I’m doing more than I’ve ever done, and have the knowledge that it’s not going to end right away. My brain is entering this new territory and trying to make me back off. It says, “whoa—you can’t do this!”

But my brain is wrong.

I see that other people do stuff like this, and overcome even more obstacles than I have to overcome. Some people have children they have to take care of on top of all this. My load is certainly bearable.

But, this is not an easy thing to do. And I guess that’s why so many people don’t go after a new career or some other big goal. It’s a lot of hard work. There’s the idea that you have to figure out how to do it all, and still maintain your relationships, keep your house (relatively) clean, go to work, and so on.

There’s a part of me that says this stuff should not be a big deal. People work 60-65 hours all the time. What’s wrong with you? But then there’s the other part of me that says, this is the first time you’ve ever done anything like this. You’ve never demanded that much of yourself before. It’s no surprise your brain is resistant. Not only is it a matter of putting in the hours, it’s a matter of getting over the fears and uncertainties: will this work? Who am I to think I can do this? Why would anyone want to be my client? You don’t know enough.

No wonder people stay status quo at jobs they don’t really like. It is not easy to make the transition.

As for limitations: it may be difficult, but when I see something that looks like a limitation, I just get up close, and realize it was only an illusion after all.

 

Review: Yoga Pants by Tristan Christopher

crop front treeI found the best place you can get the most awesome yoga pants. These most awesome pants are from Tristan Christopher on Couture Tee. He is an artist with a passion for fitness, and started in his profession designing fitness plans for women. But his artistic side surfaced and he found that he “wanted to produce mini quick works of art. In doing so, he knew he could get his instant gratification fix. He also wanted these works of art to make a statement and to be on a medium that could be viewed by many.” Enter, Couture Tee, Tristan Christopher’s artistic shop for fashion.

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Tristan is an awesome artist and he has yoga pants that yoga enthusiasts will love–never mind the yoga enthusiasm, if you like to stretch, workout or lounge, these pants will inspire you to do all three with gusto!! When I found Tristan’s site, I instantly fell in love and ordered a pair of custom-designed pants right on the spot! The coolest thing about these pants is that they were custom designed! I told him two colors (kind of three since I said orange and green and earth colors in general) and a couple of themes (gypsies and faeries). Here’s the first picture for you:

yoga leg up fun pantsAnd since I’ve been working on an arm balance, I thought I would show this one too :-)

yoga arm balanceAnd, because I can’t get enough of these pants, and I’m proud I can hold a tree balance for more than two seconds now, I thought I’d show you this (which also shows you the front):

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Tristan is super nice. He responded quickly to all my emails to him, and when the pants arrived a few days later due to the flooding in Colorado, he gave me a coupon for 50% off–totally unnecessary, but I really appreciated the gesture. I think it says a lot about him.

When I first pulled the pants out of the box, I thought, oh, these won’t fit. They looked so small, but they have spandex in them and so they really stretch to fit, and I couldn’t have asked for a better fit, honestly. The material is super duper comfy, and I’ve already worn them a couple of times and they hold up for my workouts.

I was so happy about these pants that I knew I could become an affiliate of his shop, and so I did. So, if you click on my link to check out his shop and you buy something of your own, yes, I receive a little kickback for that. But of course, I wouldn’t put it up here if I wasn’t totally thrilled with the design, quality and service of the pants and shop. So go check out his shop!

 

 

Back At It!

It’s been a while since I blogged and since then, there’s been a lot that has happened, some of it, the reason for my non-blogging time. I received my personal trainer’s certification, entered yoga teacher training school, trained and finished my first ever Tough Mudder, and started training real clients. It’s been a heck of a last five months. The whole time, I kept wanting to come back to my blog, but always had some excuse. Thanks to John Saddington , one of my very favorite entrepreneurs who blogs about all the ins and outs of entrepreneur-ing as well as life in general, I was inspired to stop with the excuses and get back in the blog saddle.

Life has been crazy. I have never been one to work more than forty hours. In fact, if I do, it’s something so rare and awesome in my mind that I have to tell someone about it. I like my free time. But these past five months, I’ve been working my full time job (40 hours), and putting in a good amount of hours on my side job, personal training. Never mind the hours I spend investing in my yoga training, and now here I am deciding to add more to that “work” time with blogging and another project to go with my side job.

That’s the thing though–I called it work, but my side job is not work. It’s my fun. It’s my experiment, my joy to do and I love it! How could that ever be work? There’s something to be said about doing something on your own–creating something that people can benefit from, and then this magical moment when someone gives you money for the thing that is your passion. You mean, I can get paid for this? That is one awesome feeling, and I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

It’s strange–I’ve been searching for the thing I was supposed to do ever since I was a teenager. And these last few years, that search intensified until last year when I realized fitness was a great passion and my doorway into helping people–the very thing I was wanting to do–help people. And I don’t believe I would have discovered that without blogging. Blogging made me realize I could create something myself. And so here I am getting paid for a service I have been wanting to give, a service I create myself.

I’m coming back to the blogging world to share more about that service, to write about my thoughts and fears about it along the way, and I hope some of my old readers will come back and encourage me as they once did, and I hope some new ones come as well. Either way, I’m back at it! I’m back at creating the written word to go with my new found joy of fitness coaching. I will see you on the webz. :-)

Weightlifting: Four Lessons It Has Taught Me

I started weightlifting seriously late last year. Like marathon training, it is changing my life.

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One thing that I have learned over the last year is how much physical exercise and our goals in that area parallels our goals for life in general. Here I’d like to talk about my weightlifting over the last five months, and what I have learned along the way.

1. Physical Strength Helps Mental and Emotional Strength

I love doing a squat with the weight on my shoulders. I recently bought a power rack (which I’m so excited about–getting it delivered and set up on Wednesday!) so that I could squat more weight. For now, I’ve had to lift the weights from the floor, up over my head and then down across my shoulders. This is fine, except I know that I can squat more weight than what I can throw up over my head. I can’t wait to get my power rack so I can add more weight across my shoulders and squat. There is something about having that weight on my shoulders, lowering and then lifting that makes me feel really strong.

There are things that we need to do in life that feels like a heavy burden. Can we lift it? Squatting heavy loads helps me to feel that whatever burdens I might have in life are able to be dealt with. Just like in real life squats with weight on your shoulders, the weight might be too heavy at first, but if we increment the weight as our bodies grow accustomed to one weight, we can eventually handle more. When I perform a squat, this is something that I meditate on. And each time that I have done a set of squats, later, I remember this and I think about mental and emotional burdens, and I know that I can handle them. Maybe I can’t take something on all at once, but bit by bit, my heart and mind will be able to handle what I need to handle. It may feel like too much now, but as long as I keep trucking, I know I’m going to be ok.

2. Change is Slow But It Happens If You Are Persistent

It’s been five months since I started training seriously with weights. While I can see the changes that are occurring in my body, I am not all of the sudden She-Ra, Princess of Power. I still have fat I need to cut before my abs show through, I still have muscles that are weaker than they should be, and there is still a heck of a lot I need to learn. But I have definitely seen changes in my body, and in my understanding of my body and how it reacts to weightlifting. One of the things I’ve come to realize is that it is okay if the change is slow, because this is something I want to do for the rest of my life. So I have a long time to work on this.

3. You Get Back What You Put In

When I first started lifting weights in early November, I took it slow and easy. I was learning, and I didn’t want to injure myself. As I’ve grown and learned proper positioning, I’ve been able to lift harder. It’s been the past two months that I’ve really challenged myself to lift heavier and put a heck of a lot more effort into it. In these last two months is when I’ve seen the most improvement. I’ve come to realize that what I put into weightlifting is exactly what I get out of it. The more I read about it, the more I learn, the more I talk to others about it, the more passionate I become about it, and the harder I work during my lifting sessions, the more I am able to lift in later sessions.

Isn’t that the way life is too? It’s all a matter of effort and what you put into it. If you want something bad enough, you just have to work at it. Work at it with all the effort you can muster, and learn about it as much as you can. The more you put into something, the more you will get out of it.

4. It’s For You To Do; No One Else Can Do It For You

I remember when I was a small child and I would pretend to fall asleep on the couch so my dad would carry me up the stairs to bed. But we all outgrow that and we come to a place where we have to do stuff ourselves. Nobody can lose for you the 20 pounds you gained. It’s yours. You are the one who has to lose it. When I look at my weights just before a weight lifting session, this is something I remind myself. Ain’t nobody going to lift these weights for me.

If you want muscles, you are the one who has to lift that weight. And that’s how it is with any kind of physical goal. You and you alone are the only one who can make those changes for yourself. It’s good to have a community, or even just one friend that you can turn to for encouragement, but in the end, it’s something you have to get done all by yourself. You are responsible for your own self. When you take something like that on and conquer it (whether it’s lifting weights or losing weight), it becomes reinforced inside of you. “I did this! I did this all by myself!!” And it gives you a new kind of confidence. This is good. This is very good. I hope you roll with it.

What about you? What have you learned about life through your exercise and physical goals?

 

When It Comes to Health and Fitness, I’m Almost Hooked: Where Are You?

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Where are you on your fitness journey?

Over the past year, I have totally amped up my health and fitness journey, thanks, in part, to blogging and meeting and reading other bloggers and their posts (respectively :-) ). As I am coming to the end of my personal training studies and thinking about scheduling my exam so that I can be a cer-tee-fied personal trainer, I’ve noticed even more how much health and fitness are a part of who I am, and not just a part of my day. The conscious learning and studying have made the difference for me.But I’ve been wondering about all of you–where does health and fitness fit into your life? I made this little scale that combines scientific ideas with my own experience and word smithing. Hope you like it and let me know in the comments where you are at on this scale. For me, I sat at “halfway there” for many years of my life, but I am basically “almost hooked”  and already morphing into a “fit freak.” :-)

1 = Totally Oblivious

Fit-what? Huh? Just gimme my Corona and pizza. And ice cream.

2 = Barely Aware

Oh, I have some friends at the office who are fit-freaks. And I think that’s cool for them, but I’m not that interested.

3 = Wannabe

I used to play basketball when I was in junior high. I should probably get back to that.

4 =Considering

I’ve been thinking about my health lately and I plan on doing something about it, but I don’t know what yet.

5 = Dipping Your Toes

I’ve been walking off and on and I try to watch what I eat, but I know I need to get a lot more consistent for any real results.

6 = Beginner

I’ve been pretty consistent about exercising for the past few months but I still have a lot of room to improve in what I eat. (or vice versa, good at watching what I eat, but still room to improve in exercise)

7 = Halfway There

I’ve been consistent about exercising (watching what I eat) the past six months (to a year) but I still need to figure out this eating (exercising) thing.

8 = Almost Hooked

I’ve got both the exercising and eating down for about the last 3 months. Feels like I’m really on my way and I’m feeling really good about myself and life in general.

 9 = Hooked

Wow! For the last six months (to a year) I’ve really overhauled my life in the health and fitness arena. I feel really great, my body has morphed into something I thought I could never achieve and I want to tell the world!

10 = Fit Freak

I’m a freaking health and fitness freak. I can’t get enough of it; most of my friends are fit freaks too and my whole life revolves around this thing.

 

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