Out Like a Lion
I've been giving some thought to the notion of March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. Colorful weather metaphors aside, it's an expression that can (unfortunately) also be applied to many fitness commitments. Remember how excited you were about your New Year's get-back-in-shape resolutions? Well, if you're like me, I'm guessing things didn't go quite as planned.
The endless winter meant that instead of gearing up, much of the country was hunkering down and bundling up. And instead of feeling motivated, it was hard to feel anything but exhausted or deflated. Okay, winter bested most of us – which is why I like the idea of taking traditional wisdom and turning it on its ear every now and again.
We're told that we're supposed to start our journey back to a better self in January. Come March, we're supposed to ease into a calmer and balmier time of year. In a perfect world, we'd be able to keep to not only that time table, but also every time-related goal that we set for ourselves. In our own imperfect world though, we need to take stock every now and again and figure out what's working and what isn't.
So maybe the first quarter of 2014 hasn't turned out to be the turbocharged fitness-fest that you anticipated. I know that mine hasn't. But I'm not going to wallow in the way things have gone. Instead, I'd like to commend all of us for the small victories we've achieved.
Maybe you haven't been working out seven days a week; maybe you haven't even managed five. But maybe you haven't given up entirely and you've kept trying to find small ways each day to take better care of your health and fitness.
Perhaps the lesson for March isn't to go out with a whimper because you've failed at your initial goals for the year. Maybe the lesson is to just keep going. One foot in front of the other on the treadmill or bike path or direction you've chosen.
In fitness and in life, it really is about the journey.