#FitnessFriday: Baby Steps
This has been a big week for me in the recovery process.
1. I went for my first three-mile run post car-accident.
2. I went to my first Bikram yoga class in over a year.
3. I participated in my first yoga class post car-accident.
4. I learned to take baby steps.
Today on Josh Pais’s Committed Impulse blog, he talks about steps to success.
I am taking baby steps every day to get me back into pre-accident health.
Josh writes “Success in all areas is about taking small steps every day. Those steps by themselves may seem like nothing. But it’s the accumulation of small steps that always produces greatness.
So, I pose to you…What small steps can you be taking, or are taking?”
Running the slowest miles of my running career may *seem* like nothing. BUTTTTT I have to remember that last week at this time, I couldn’t even WALK three miles. So running at all? HUGE step forward.
Bikram Yoga felt great. It was hard. My ego kept wanting to do poses I physically still cannot do. But my experience, my body awareness, my self-confidence. Those traits reminded me to take baby steps. I couldn’t do poses fully. I couldn’t do my “normal” stretch. But I was able to participate in a full 90 minute yoga class. And I left feeling a ton better. The heated room helped a ton and the fact that I knew all the 26 postures, the order, and there were no downward dogs or planks saved me a great deal of mid-class stress! (Soon vinyasa flow, we shall meet again!)
And now it is time to take my successes on the mat and in my running shoes back out into life. I realize that the car-accident left me disconnected from my other life goals and priorities. I reconnected to what I want to do, but due to a variety of factors I was not taking enough baby steps a day towards making my dreams unfold.
So, Josh Pais, I am off to follow your advice.
For me, my baby steps start with moving my body. Running, walking, biking, swimming, yoga. They provide me with energy, happiness, and mental clarity to take my life to the next level. No matter the difficulty, no matter how “small” my work-out may seem on that day, the important thing is to do it.
So I am going to do that one small step a day (or several steps, if I can), towards fulfilling my career and life goals off the mat and out of my running shoes. Yes, many of my goals align with my own personal fitness. No more delays. Time to say yes! Yes to making things happen–one small step at a time!!
What baby steps do you take every day to forge your own successes?
Remember, 2013 is going to be awesome. Are you taking steps to make it the BEST YEAR EVER??