Let’s take a few moments and talk. Just talk. None of the posting how to do workouts you’ll never try or telling you what to do. We are going to talk frankly about your potty mouths specifically related to fitness! These words hurt me. They hurt YOU. I’ve heard enough dirty words, and it’s time to…
You’ve got to remove the dirty words from your vocabulary. They are hindering your fitness, health, and happiness. (Which are all linked, by the way.) The following words set you up for disaster before you have even begun. Toxic words are as bad for you as toxic food. Bonus, they linger longer!
Hate, or a variation thereof — despise, loathe, abhor, etc. I know, I just gave some of you ammunition. STOP! Negativity only begets more negativity. Saying you despise exercise is saying that you’ll never be healthy. Ummm, did you abhor running round playing tag with your kids the other day? Because that was exercise. Did you loathe every minute of that evening walk you took with your husband? Because that was exercise. It all counts. Every step you take in the course of a day is exercise and saying that you hate it ruins the mood for the whole day. Suggestions for change…
“I fancy walking,” instead of “I HATE running.”
“I prefer lifting my kids,” vs “I despise weightlifting.”
UGH! This is the most over used and completely useless word. Really? You can’t?! Did you get out of bed this morning? Then you can. Did you just lift that brownie to your mouth? Then you can! No, it’s not going to be easy. The only thing that isn’t easy in this world of instant gratification that we live in now is BEING HEALTHY. You can. It isn’t as easy as binge watching Netflix episodes, browsing Facebook, or searching Pinterest, it is POSSIBLE. So stop giving me the three-year-old’s answer to everything. You CAN do lunges and squats while brushing your teeth. You CAN take that extra trip up and down the stairs just because. You CAN! And if I have anything to say about it, you WILL.
WORD THREE (I'm still working on this one.)
People, this word should be used to describe steak not women. Fat comes on slabs of meat. Is that what you are, or she is, or I am? Simply a slab of meat? NO. We are hearts, lungs, brains, bones, and spirits. Never use this word to describe another human being. We are made of more than that.
WORD FOUR (Still working on this one too.)
Oh, that damn scale. Throw it away and look in the mirror. Ask yourself two simple questions: Do I feel healthier? Can I do more than yesterday? If you answered yes (and you CAN) to both those questions, then who gives a flying flapjack what the number on the scale says?! NOT ME!
Now that we’ve sorted that all out, let’s move on to the words that you’ve programmed yourself to believe are dirty words as well.
These words are not synonymous with being healthy. They are not for everyone. Certainly not for me. Now watch what I do here… I prefer a dance class to the gym. Outside walking better benefits my spirit than a treadmill.
Let’s break the last two down a little, shall we?
- food and drink considered in terms of its qualities, composition, and its effects on health:
- the foods eaten, as by a particular person or group.
Easy enough. We don’t “go on a diet.” We CHANGE our eating habits. I have said it before and I’ll say it again. If you want an OREO, eat an OREO! Just don’t eat the whole package. I never eliminate anything from my diet because then it’s all I think about and I set myself up for failure.
- bodily or mental exertion, especially for the sake of training or improvement of health:
- something done or performed as a means of practice:
- a putting into action, use, operation, or effect.
Simple. ANY exertion I can put to use for practice that improves me. Done.
If you remember anything from this post, remember this…you can eliminate the negative by focusing on the positive! You CAN!