New Month…New Chapter

Re-Focused & Ready for the Season Ahead!Photo by Leslie Hassler

Re-Focused & Ready for the Season Ahead!
Photo by Leslie Hassler

No matter what I do, I can’t figure out a way to slow the hands of time. Here we are nine weeks into 2013 and 17 days away from the start of spring. I know I’ll have no problem saying good-bye to this particularly brutal winter. I also know it’s time for me to get my body, mind and spirit focused on what I want to accomplish in the season ahead.

That means working toward obtaining some of the goals that reach beyond the walls of the gym. Like everyone else, my overall health and well-being are affected by the personal projects I take on. That includes getting the last continuing education units needed to complete my  NASM re-certification by May. My psyche is also affected by the projects I’ve put off for too long. One in particular has weighed heavily on my mind during this dreary season and is no doubt one of the reasons behind some sleepless nights. After getting things started in a frenzy back in 2012, the project now sits in a well-organized folder just waiting for me to pick it up and get it going again.

No one asked me to get involved in this project. It’s simply something I’ve wanted to do for myself for a long time. However, it took me until this moment to accept that in order for me to make it happen, something else has to give. As I sit here and put that thought in writing, I guess you could call this post my coming to terms of what needs to be done.

With the exception of vacation and holiday time, I’ve been posting blogs three times each week since July of 2011. As a writer at heart and lifetime fitness fanatic, it’s been wonderful having this platform to share tips and stories and hopefully help motivate a few people to follow a healthier lifestyle that works for their reality. However, I need to scale back on the time I spend here so I can focus some of that energy on my bigger project. It’s just like when I had to make the difficult decision last year to put my independent personal training sessions on hold. I hated to stop. However, between my full-time job in corporate video production; making it to the gym for my own workouts; maintaining healthy relationships with my family and friends and taking care of my own health, well, there are only so many hours in a day. Sometimes you need to take a breath, figure out what priorities haven’t been getting the attention they deserve and then accept the fact that in order to change that, something that made sense a few months ago may not work at the present moment. Of course, that’s part of life. You make plans and other things happen, but you can’t just give up on what you want. You adjust and you move forward. That’s what I’m doing now.

My plan is to continue posting on as many Mondays as possible. It seems to be the day I get the most feedback on my motivation-themed musings. Don’t be surprised to still read my thoughts about a new group exercise class, vacation experience or some inspirational quotes. Of course I worry I may lose some followers, but some decisions come with a certain amount of risk. You’ll still see me on Facebook and Twitter and I’ll look forward to any emails with questions about health or fitness-related topics. I thank you ahead of time for supporting me as I sharpen my focus on what I want to accomplish as I creep toward celebrating the big 4-0 next February.

As I step back and re-group, my hope is that maybe some of you will do the same. Use these waning winter days to think about what priorities you want to attack this spring. Whether it’s prepping for a fitness competition, losing a few pounds before beach season, finding a more rewarding career, getting a degree or spending more time with family or friends, put your thoughts down on paper and get cracking. Sometimes saying no is harder than taking on more than you handle, but that difficult choice can sometimes help you put your heart and soul into the one thing you want more than anything else. Whether it’s starting something new or letting go of something that’s been holding you back, remember, you are stronger than you think. Each of us holds the ultimate power to make decisions that will keep us moving forward on the never-ending journey to have fun, be fit and feel fabulous!

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About LauraLovesFitness

After spending more than 10 years in the communications industry, this lifetime fitness lover and newly certified fitness professional wants to share my passion for health and well-being with others.

Posted on March 4, 2013, in Fitness, Health and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.

  1. I’m staying tuned in!! I have absolutely loved reading your blog the last year and a half, and get a lot of insipiration from it! I will definitely stay tuned in and enjoy your Motivation Monday posts as they come! Its fantastic that you are purusing a project you care deeply about. I’ll be interested to learn about it thru the posts as they comeThanks so much for all of the . inpsiration Laura!

    • Thank you for your support, Jeanne Marie!
      It’s because of people like you that I can move forward with the decisions that aren’t always the easiest and want to keep working!
      Here’s to the adventures ahead for all of us in the coming spring!

  2. I approve this message! Look forward to your Monday posts! 🙂

    • I truly appreciate you taking the time to stop in and leave a supportive message as I make some changes to focus on some new goals. It’s thanks to people like you that makes this decision a little easier to live with. Have a fantastic day!-

  3. I’ve loved your blogs since i started reading it and it gives a lot of inspiration.I will continue to read your blogs.Thanks laura for the inspiration

    • Hello Nana,
      It is always nice to receive your feedback, and even more so on this latest post where I have made a big decision regarding where I go from here. I am so happy to know I have been able to offer some inspiration in your life. Thank you for your continued support and please know, I’ll always be happy to hear from you. Have a wonderful day!

  4. Laura, I know how hard this must be, with that I congratulate you for taking this step! You are a wise and gifted women! Adventure is never ending if we are brave enough to take them on! #PowerToTheShe!

    • Hello Kelley,
      You’ve been one of my biggest supporters since I started this blogging adventure, so your kind words mean a lot. No doubt adventures are a bit unnerving, especially taking the first step toward an uncertain destination. Yet, with you and so many other strong people behind me, I know I can’t go wrong. Here’s seeing where the road leads both of us in the days to come. Thanks again!

  5. Laura,

    Got your tweet. You know that you can always count on my support. You’ve done much good in the world already here- great ideas, constant inspiration, and honest, vulnerable posts, like the one here.

    It takes great strength to do what you are doing. It shows your strong sense of self- to know and to act on the knowledge of what you need to do.

    I’m pleased though that you will keep this blog alive, albeit on a more limited basis. First, it’s another venue where we can stay in touch, in addition to Twitter. But also I imagine that it will be a natural place for you to share these more personal thoughts. You have given me so much here in terms of the inspiration for fitness. I’ve often read your post and headed down to the workout room. But I’ve also felt a real connection with a generous and thoughtful person who also seeks to live in a way that is authentic and real. I’d like to come here from time to time and hear about that part of you too.

    I am sending you my deepest respect and caring and wishing you all good things.

    We will for sure stay in touch. And I’ll be eager to hear of the wondrous things ahead for you.

    All blessings,

    Tom

    • Hello Tom,
      Your kind words couldn’t have come at a better time! Thank you for your support as I start my journey on a new road to the next adventure.
      It is wonderful to know that my blogs have actually motivated you to workout. More importantly, as a writer at heart, it makes me happy to know that I’ve managed to share some of my true self in these posts.
      If I hadn’t started this blog, I wouldn’t have met some kindhearted and like-minded people in this somewhat crazy world of Cyberspace – and you are among that group. I look forward to keeping in touch and seeing where the road takes us from here.
      Thanks again for your friendship and support! ———-

  6. Laura!!

    Love your energy, and way to go about you seemed to be wanting to grab the bull by the horns! Stay the course and finish your NASM re-cert. Be determined and you will get your goals fulfilled, I know you can do it. You are just awesome Laura, and thank you for your inspiration. As I read this article, I can’t help but to notice a bit of your passion, and desire, perhaps burning inside of you as you want to follow your dreams and explore new ventures. Keep that vision and go for it! Can’t wait to hear about your new project! Be blessed, stay inspired, and may all your dreams come true Laura! #riseup #soulcall
    ~Tomas 😉

    • Hey Tomas,
      Thank you so much for your kind and motivational words! I have been amazed by the positive reinforcement I’ve received here and on all my social media channels of strong-minded people like you backing up my decision to re-group and re-focus a bit on my goals. I genuinely appreciate the support!
      Stay tuned for progress reports…hopefully they’ll be something big to reveal in the months ahead…
      Til then, have a great day and I look forward to your inspirational stories as well!

  7. Very good blog post. I absolutely appreciate this site.
    Keep it up!

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