Working out together, we find the will to keep on going | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times

Working out together, we find the will to keep on going | Pacific NW | The Seattle Times.

I had to post a link to this article, since this is exactly what Mentoring Movement is out to create.  It’s easier to create the habit of exercise, and fully internalize that you are a “fit person” and an “active person” when you have the support of a community.  We are creating that support … person by person … so that those starting out get the opportunity to get the support they need.

Thank you Maureen O’Hagan and the Seattle Times for a great article on what we’re about!

Stepping Outside The Comfort Zone

Stepping outside a Comfort Zone asks we get in shape. Habits are strong, and, therefore, comfortable.

We all want to get in better shape and health, and we all want what we envision. As it should be. The question is, how do we accomplish this?

Chris Uyyek is providing a Platform for this very question. Yoga meets Boxing meets Zumba meets Cross Fit meets Advocaremeets…on and on.

Boxing teaches an individual to Invite the Discomfort, Calm the Self Down, then look at the Options. I’m guessing all Movement Forms have a similar perspective, even if it is called out differently.

I ask for Feedback. How do you personally meet the Challenge of Discomfort, Calm Self Down and Choose the Best Option for the Moment?

How Do We Build Support Networks?

So far, Mentoring Movement is out to create support for people starting on their exercise journey.  We know there is plenty of information, plenty of resources, plenty of organizations, plenty of inspirational “just do it” motivational quotes.  The real question is why do some people keep exercising, and why do some quit?  How do we get started and then KEEP GOING?

I have been reading a book called, The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg.  In this book he outlines the process that gets new habits started.  With each repeated behavior, there is a cue (stressed out), a repeated behavior (eat ice cream), and a reward (pleasure / relief).  After a while, we enjoy this reward so much that we begin to anticipate it, even before we get the cue.  This creates a craving, and reinforces the behavior cycle.  Unfortunately, once that habit is wired, it can never be completely extinguished.  If you see a commerical for Ben & Jerry’s, your old craving and behavior pattern will get triggered.  So instead of trying to “get rid” of that old behavior, you can put a new behavior in its place.  When you’re stressed out, you can call a friend instead of diving head-first into the ice cream, and get a similar sense of relief.  (Here’s a great flow-chart on how to change a habit.)

This process of replacing one behavior pattern with another will only get you so far, and it’s why people will start exercising, but not stick with it.  Eventually, the old behavior pattern will win if they don’t believe that change is possible, and see that it is working for others.  I knew this was missing from so many exercise programs, even before I knew it was a necessary component of creating lasting change in people’s habits.

The question is: How Do We Get People Together To Create Belief?

I don’t know the answer to this … I just know that together we can answer it.  I come to you having seen something that we need, and ask for your help in creating the belief that together, supporting each other, we can help each other change, see the change in each other, and make the changes that will withstand any temptation!

Progress Through Adaptation

I figured it was about time for a status update on how my workout journey is going.  The rehab is going well.  The race is going to the tortise this time for sure … slow and steady is going to win.  I have gone from having to lay face-up on the ground using 3 pound weights as a substitute for push ups, to where I am today.  I can finally do a regulation “military” push-up off my toes.  Yep, I’m up to a push-up with my full body weight.  HOORAY!  I am starting these out easy as well by only doing a few reps, and then going back to doing bent-knee push-ups.

It’s pretty clear now that I am going to take about twice as long as the program intended for me to get the results they promised, but this is such a huge victory.  This is the first time that I didn’t let an injury like this become an excuse for me to quit and stop exercising entirely.  This means that while re-habbing my shoulder, I’ve also been building strength in my core and my legs, which wouldn’t have happened if I gave up on exercising entirely.

How are you doing on your exercise journey?  Are you encountering set-backs?  How are you dealing with them?  Would you like some support?  Let’s get the discussion going and keep supporting each other on our quest for improved fitness and health.

7 Steps to Prevent Getting Stuck in an Emotion | Tiny Buddha

7 Steps to Prevent Getting Stuck in an Emotion | Tiny Buddha.

This article is quite helpful in getting back on track.  We want what we perceive as a positive experience to last forever, and when it doesn’t we get disappointed and depressed.  We start out towards our goals on a high of inspiration, but what happens after we’ve been on the path for a while?  How can we keep going?  Some of the tips in this article might help you.

Let me know if you have other tips besides what is in the article.  I’d love to hear how you stay motivated.

Slow and Steady Wins

Slow and Steady Wins

I would rather say "I did it" than "I gave up".Perserverance isn’t the most exciting or sexy topic.  After a  while, when someone asks how your fitness program is going, you can say, “I’m still doing it.”  Sure, there are the ups and downs that come with participation, but what I’m noticing is that the ups and downs are like a graph … as long as I keep exercising, it doesn’t loop back and take me back to the beginning.  I am beginning to see that perserverance can be its own achievement.  To see the gradual, workout-by-workout accrual of progress can be a thing of beauty to behold.

I have been doggedly following my exercise routine, and this has tested my patience more than I ever thought possible.  I experienced a set-back in the form of a shoulder injury during the first couple of weeks of my 90 day program.  I have been joking with friends that my P90 workout may very well turn into the P180 workout, just to get to the end result I was supposed to see by the completion of the 90-day program.  I have adapted so that I can continue exercising and make whatever progress I can still achieve, while allowing my body to heal.  This adaptation and patient refusal to give up has allowed me to get to the point in the last week where I can finally start adding weight to my workouts!  I am now lifting more for my bicep curls, tricep exercises, and I’m even able to do bent-knee pushups!

A whole new world is opening up to me by flatly refusing to give up.  What can open up for you if you refuse to quit?  Where have you experienced success by simply being too stubborn to quit?

Starting Anew Every Day

A year from now, you will wish you had started today.I was having this conversation with myself last week. Due to a horrid sinus infection, I took some time away from my exercise routine to let my body fight the bugs and recuperate. I was also preparing for our launch event for Mentoring Movement, so I realized that fighting the infection, exercising, AND getting the event put together might be too much at the same time.

An Exercise for Everyone was a success! We had a fantastic gathering of mentors, and the participants who attended loved the information, and the fun, welcoming atmosphere we created. We are all realizing the importance of helping people become more active and enhance their capacity to live amazing lives through exercise and fitness.

Yet how does this tie in to “Starting Anew Every Day”? I am realizing that with my fitness goals, and with this community, each day is the opportunity to start anew toward our goals. We get to decide what we are committed to, and if we want to take the actions necessary to honor those committments. Every day, it’s a choice.

With my fitness goals, last week I had to decide if I was going to re-start my exercise program right before going on a trip. I went through all of the excuses, and the great “reasons” I had to just put it off. I then realized that there is no convenient time to start (or resume) an exercise plan, and that obstacles like a vacation are always going to come up. I would be sitting there at the end of the vacation, wishing I had gone ahead and re-started my excercise program. I figured out a way to take my workout program and equipment with me, and this morning I worked out in my room on Kauai, as the doves cooed outside.

For what we are creating with this community, each day I get to ask what are we out to create? We are out to create so much support for people being active, being fit, and living expanded, amazing, capable lives, that we transform our entire culture’s attitude toward being active. We see the seeds out there right now. People are exercising, people are showing what comes from being fit, and yet there is still the pull for lesser effort … to skip it just this once, and okay, skip working out one more time … it won’t hurt … and then a year goes by and we get to wishing we had started honoring our commitment and continuing to exercise every day. I will not be standing there a year from now and wishing I had kept building this community. One by one, we add our voices, and our support to each other and our goals.