I’m thrilled that Terre Pruitt, awesome Nia teacher, has agreed to guest-post for me this week!
So what is YOUR goal? I had a goal, I met it but I wanted more. Then I kept aging and my “additional goal” kept slipping further away. See my original goal was to get/stay/be healthy. Then I decided I wanted to look like a super model. Yeah, I know. You don’t even have to know me or see me to know that is ridiculous. Number one, who really wants to be THAT thin? And I will never be that tall. And really, honestly, right? “C’uz that’s what we do here on Foodie McBody’s blog — is be honest, most people can’t achieve that state of thin. It is a certain body type that can be a supermodel. I am NOT that type. I am of the shorter stockier version. I started on my “health” kick rather late in life too. I mean, certainly not too late to be healthy and fit . . . . never to late for that . . . but too late to not have gotten the sag here and the stretch mark there, ya know? No swim suit runway modeling in my future.
My model goal kind of got me off track. I started just giving up a bit because I know I could never be like that so why bother, right? Wrong. I think they work really hard at being that thin. I don’t think that most people are supposed to be as thin as our models and celebrities so they have to work really hard. It is hard work. I want to enjoy my life and I CAN by eating sensibly, exercising, and being healthy. Health is so important.
I once knew a woman who said to me one day as we saw someone scootering by, “That’s my goal. I wanna scooter.” What? Huh? Uh . . . My goal–really, my goal when I started this was to get healthy to stave off having to medicate. At the time I started working out and eating better, I knew too many people that were going on the hypertension drugs. I don’t like to take medication. Then on top of the medication they had side effects. See, to me the less you have to take the less side effects you have. So my goal is to stay off the meds and out of the scooter as long as possible.
Recently I got off balance (heartburn) but all my other tests came out good. Average. I think there is room for improvement, but I am basically healthy. High five! That is such an important thing. Often time when getting healthy or staying healthy is the goal some of the others things follow suit. Some of the other goals might be losing weight, having more energy, feeling better. It is amazing. I need to remember that my true goal is being healthy and concentrate on that more and not let the other stuff get in my way. So what is YOUR goal? What are you doing to achieve it? Are you keeping on track and not getting side tracked like I did? Health is one of our greatest assets.
Terre Pruitt is a Nia Teacher and a certified personal trainer. When not teaching Nia she is sharing her passion for it on her blog and her website. She “met” Foodie on Twitter, so she can be found there too@HelpYouWell
August 29, 2010 at 4:29 pm
Yeah, I used to think that I’d look like a supermodel if only I could get to my goal weight…what a relief to get real instead! 🙂
Health is definitely a goal and I am pretty much there with the exception of a pesky cholesterol issue, but I’m working on that. Beyond that is being at peace with food and my body so I can be a better person in the world.
August 29, 2010 at 4:43 pm
Oh my, KCLA! You said the best, most perfect thing. That is a great goal! “Being at peace with food and my body”. What a beautiful goal. Because when you are at peace you ARE (its automatic) a better person in the world.
Thank you so much for making this world a better place!!!
August 29, 2010 at 7:09 pm
I have started getting healthy late in life too. I was very healthy and active until after college — I was on the tennis team at my college. But now, what works is exactly what you said — focus on getting healthy and the other stuff falls in to place.
Thank you for aways having such great advice!
So glad you were here!
August 29, 2010 at 8:05 pm
Yay, B! I think “health” is a good focus. But whatever works for people is good too, but health is really what I want so that is my main goal.
I’m glad you were here too!!