This morning I’ve been re-reading blogs on a list I keep for inspiration for this weekly column on staying vibrant, healthy, exciting and sexy across the life style. I needed that, because with the holidays and a horrific case of bronchitis hubs came down with Christmas day, my usually faithful routine flew out the window. I wasn’t finding the motivation inside myself to conquer it, so I turned to my virtual support network.
Here’s the article I re-read, by Molly Alexander Darden:
How One Word Drove Me to Cross the Bridge From Old Age to Youthful Vitality
And here’s my favorite quote:
“I committed to do whatever it took to feel vital again.”
What she stumbled upon was the one activity that could entice her to put in the necessary hard work – the sport she used to do that gave her the feeling she remembered and wanted back. For her, it was water skiing.
Did I mention she’s at least seventy? It’s clear she has resources – once she identified what activity would inspire her to shed those pounds and get in shape, she was able to hire a specialized coach to see her through the process. But that’s not what I took from her blog, and it’s not what you need, either.
What she focused on was the remembered feeling of excitement, achievement, and vitality. Those feelings are stored in our very bones and muscles, and those memory traces can propel us towards our goal.
So here’s another quote – and my New Years wish for you, as you enter 2014:
“I love being able to tell people what I’m doing now, instead of what I used to do.”
And yes, I did my workout between reading the article and writing this column. Go, me!
Have fun, and Stay Sexy!