The Challenge with No Rules and No Commitment in which you win or win.
Okay people, I need your help! Do you have any leftover New Year's Resolutions? Who am I kidding? Of course you do. What are those things you've always wanted to improve? Have you been meaning to change the way you do something? Accomplish something scary? Get physically fit? Spend more time writing? What is standing in your way?
Besides being a teacher and a writer and an all around awesome yet mildly sarcastic klutzy idiot, I am also an agoraphobic vegetarian with depression trying to heal a broken heart and understand how I got into (and out of) an abusive relationship. I am out of shape physically, emotionally, and mentally; things are not fun right now and I am literally and figuratively "not in a good place."
Spring is in the air, and summer is on its way. It's time to throw out the old and begin anew. So today, March 1, 2012, begins a 10 week challenge. By mid-May I will have to make a major life decision, possibly involving an enormous sequence of changes. I'm not sure what to do about it or how to decide. I will need the inner and outer strength to do so. By mid May, I hope to be in better shape. I need your help, support, encouragement and friendship.
The first (and only) rule of Get Fit! club is never let bullies win. If you need further motivation, I was recently told by someone that I disgust him to look at. I need to get in shape, heal, feel attractive, figure out how I let someone be so cruel to me, and also just feel strong again.
My challenge is to feel strong, inside and out. That means different things to different people. One of my challenges is to get in shape physically, and for me that includes losing 20lbs. But my challenge is not about starvation, deprivation, or an unhealthy desire to be a twig. I don't want to be skinny. I want to be strong.
Being strong, to me, also means being emotionally strong. I am going through a hard time in my personal, professional, romantic, social and everything else life. So my challenge is to find better ways of grappling with my depression, anxiety, and hurt. I want to feel happy more often than not. I need to get people that are bad for me out of my life.
Being professionally strong is the source of a great deal of anxiety for me, which I will explain more in May. But this area also includes a tension between creativity and financial security. Sometimes I am torn between wanting to be a housewife and wanting to stay in a career and have a housewife or lesbian life coach who makes me margaritas. I want to take myself more seriously as a writer. I want to stop saying someday I will write, and just write, no matter what.
FAMILY LIFE STRONG
Finally, being strong, to me, is going to require being strong for other people. For one, my mother has dementia, and brain damage due to being hit by a truck driven by someone who was texting and driving (she was walking) and she has now lost her job (and can never work again) because of it. She will need someone to help her financially, emotionally, physically, and in so many other ways. I don't know how to do this and I want to feel like I can, I will, and I am.
First, I'd like to fit into my pants and also to tighten up my elbows. I believe I've made that clear. Second, I am tired of feeling weak, pale, squishy, seeing the roll hang over my pants, the muffin top poof out over my belt, and not be able to put my blouse over my flabby arms. I want to feel strong, flexible, and comfortable. As we all know this is going to be hard for me because of my addiction to cheese and beer. It's hard to give something up that feels like the Almighty Orgasm in your throat.
Fit in my pants - lose 20lbs (and probably get my cat to lose 4lbs too. yeah fatty!)
Better manage my anxiety and depression
Leave the house sometimes
Do my hobbies - gardening, cooking, photography
Write a short story, start a novel, have 2 more online publications
Heal a broken heart
Figure out how to take care of my mom
Make the Decision
Join up with me! Each Thursday, write a post on your blog about your goals and challenges, struggles and successes for the week. Maybe you've been meaning to work on something - fitness, spirituality, relationships, parenting, hobbies, your way of dealing with stress and anxiety, your writing, your career, whatever!
When you write your post - come back and link up! If you can't do every week, that's no big deal. At the worst, you will get more visitors to your site and make progress towards goals (even just clarifying your goals helps!). At best, you get more visitors, accomplish goals, and win a prize!
In the middle of May, you can sum up your accomplishments and struggles. I will call for a vote for Best Spring Cleaner - whoever wins will get *the top prize*!! A Kindle, a Guest Post on my Blog, and a Shiny Winner's Spring Cleaning Get Fit! Award.
Every Thursday I promise to chronicle truthfully my struggles and successes. I hope you will share yours! Don't worry if it isn't all rainbows and unicorns - does it seem like that's my personality? No it doesn't. Whatever you choose to focus on, in 10 weeks we're going to get better! Be honest about your journey and willing to share - that's all I ask!
Let's start cleaning house!! Link up runs weekly between Thursdays and Sundays
What do you need to do to get in physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, professional, shape?