One of the ways I continuously help myself stay focused on my goals, is by reading health and fitness related books. It keeps my health on my mind perpetually, all while I learn new information.

Yesterday I started Eat Move Sleep by Tom Rath, this morning I finished it. You may have heard of this author before – his wildy popular book Strengths Finder 2.0 was the top-selling book worldwide on Amazon in 2013. What you may not know is that he has a rare genetic disorder called Von Hippel-Lindau (VHL). If you are like me, you probably have never heard of this disorder and have no clue how it affects his life. It’s basically a gene mutation that “shuts off a powerful tumor suppressor gene and leads to rampant cancerous growth through the body.”

Tom Rath’s life depends on how healthy he is in three main areas – what he eats – how he moves and the quality and amount of sleep he is getting. When you think about it though, ALL of our lives depend on these areas. It doesn’t have to take a cancer diagnosis, a genetic disorder or some other large wake up call, to motivate us to see that we should live as if our lives DEPEND on these areas, because whether we see it immediately or not, they do.

I’d love to say that I take care of myself simply because I want to be healthy, it however is not the only reason. I want to look fit {I’m not afraid to admit it} , and really who doesn’t? It may sound vain but truthfully it doesn’t matter what is motivating you to be healthy – as long as you are motivated to be healthy and take care of yourself. Beyond wanting to look fit, I care about how I feel inside and out. I also know that when I feel good, I look good, it’s all intertwined. When I feel good, and feel like I look good, I act happier, when I act happier, I’m nicer and can handle more of what life throws my way. When I have a better handle on life, I am not as stressed, I don’t fall down the depression hole and I’m generally a better mom, sister, daughter, wife, and friend.Garmin 1

Over the past two weeks I’ve worn a Garmin vívofit and tracked my steps daily. I’m someone who loves numbers so I knew I would enjoy seeing how many steps I took a day, but I didn’t realize just how much I was going to learn about myself in such a short period of time. On my facebook page the other day I asked readers on average how many steps a day they take. If I don’t go for a run or an intentional walk, I am no where near 10,000 steps a day, yet when I set up my vívofit, I listed myself as someone who is very active. I train for marathons and chase around 3 kids. On any given week I run a decent amount, do workout DVD’s, go to the gym, spend time cleaning our house. I really did not realize however how inactive I actually am in the winter. Just like many of us under estimate how much we eat on a daily basis, I am over estimating how much I move during the cold months.

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Tracking my steps while grabbing healthy foods for the week. Killing two birds with one stone.

Knowing I needed to get my weekly steps up closer to the 70,000 range, I started tacking on a mile of walking after I was finished with my run. While reading Rath’s book I found a section where it said that individuals who track their steps walk an average of a mile more a day! I was adding mileage and unknowingly becoming part of a good statistic.

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I had no idea when I ordered this book from Amazon that Roth would suggest that one of the best ways we can help ourselves move more is by wearing a tracking device! Makes sense right?

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One of the things I dislike about blogging is that sometimes it can come across like I am an expert, I’m not. I’m a student of life. I know a lot about running – I have two certifications – have coached runners to PR’s – spoken at expos – have been quoted in books and magazines and have been in some way involved or working in the running industry for the past 10 years – YET I still don’t consider myself an expert. I am woman, who happens to have a passion for fitness and believes in the power of the collective WE when it comes to achieving health and fitness goals. I believe that when I share my journey it not only can help others, but it helps me – I learn through all of you!

These are some of the small changes I have made over the past 11 days that are helping me on my #PathToFit in 2015

  • Drinking more water. This is one of the easiest things to do, yet it seems to be the hardest for me. In order to make water more appealing I’m using reusable containers, that I like looking at.
  • Journaling for 5 minutes in the morning. I have numerous Moleskin notebooks, while pricey, I find that if I invest in a notebook I like then I’m more likely to use it and keep up with my goal of journaling daily.
  • Reading more. I buy a lot of books, but I don’t always read them. Knowledge is power, so I am making an effort to read at a minimum one book a month. This means I have to make time, since I don’t usually have an excess of free time. I don’t watch any tv till night time {or if I am on the treadmill} but I could be better about this and can take time away from the TV to read.
  • Positive affirmations. I mentally beat myself up in 2014 – it got me no where. Instead of constantly telling myself negative things, I’m going to be my biggest cheerleader. I believe that what the mind believes the body achieves.
  • Accepting there is no quick fix. It’s one thing to know there isn’t a quick fix to whatever situation you might find yourself in health wise, it’s another thing to accept it. I am someone who has very little patience when it comes to something I want to achieve or change, I want things to happen fast. When it comes to your health it’s every day small changes, that add up big, but there is no guarantee that you will see or feel results right away. I stay focused by asking myself if the choices I make food wise, fitness wise, and sleep wise – are getting me closer to my goals or farther away.

 

I’d love to know what changes you are making this year. Which ones are you struggling with?

I’ll be giving away an $100 gift card this week to Whole Foods Market. Make sure you are following along on instagram to find out the details!! http://instagram.com/mileposts

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This post is sponsored by Garmin and Whole Foods Market. All views and opinions expressed are 100% my own.

 

 
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Comments

  1. Kristin says:

    i loved strengthsfinder 2.0 and am definitely going to check out this book. there really is so much value and importance in those 3 simple things.

  2. Valerie says:

    Sounds like an interesting read. I’m not usually much of a reader, but this one sounds right up my alley for where my life is at right now. I’ve also been considering a step tracker for a while so perhaps this will be the motivation I need to get one.

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