No Really. It isn't.
I joined a fitness challenge a few weeks ago and I was pumped. I could not wait until the Monday it was going to start. My head really built this up to be the be all, end all magic thing I needed to finally (FINALLY!) get moving and get in shape. So as I waited for day one I pictured my new fit life. I would be able to run a 5K, keep up with the kids, practice soccer with them, clean the house, sort through the junk, my marriage would improve, my friends would multiply, money problems would be resolved and (AND!) all this with a Mary Poppins attitude.
OK. Stop laughing. I really did feel like this challenge was going to change the world for me. You know what happened on day one? Nothing. It was a Monday like all the rest of them. Kids were grouchy, I was tired and my clothes still didn't fit. Paying the fee and joining a challenge did not change any of the things I wanted to change. Sure, it gets me on a team with other folks and there are points to earn and maybe even a prize of some sort, but it doesn't actually DO anything. I spent that first day wondering how I was going to achieve all my dreams. How were my clothes going to fit by joining a challenge?
It was sort of like watching a magic show and the magician is really bad. So bad, you see the bunny in the hat, you see the scarves in the pocket and nothing is a surprise. Just disappointment. Here we go again. Nothing is going to change me. Nothing is fixing all my problems.
But wait! What about going to your high school reunion and seeing someone that has always struggled with weight suddenly is the hottest thing around? We all ask "what did you do?" We want an easy answer. Like they took the green pill and suddenly life was different for them. Where do you get the pill? How many do I take? We so want this new life they have and we want it NOW!
So how does it happen? Honestly, I think the 'how' varies a little from person to person, but overall here is the magic answer. Me. You. Him. Her. Each of us has to change in some way in order to change. I have to stop drinking soda and reach for water instead. You have to put the chips away and grab some carrots. He has to take the stairs instead of the elevator. Get the idea? There is no magic, there is no pill. It is a person that decides to make changes in their life and then changes their life. On day one nothing was going to happen because I did nothing. Each day was going to be the same unless I changed something. So I did.
While day one was kind of a bust, I did manage to get going on day two. Now we are in week three and I am scheduling workouts and meal planning like it's my job. Oh wait, it IS my job. I run the MacFam and all the things that entails. Meal planning, play dates, cleaning, paying bills, kid care and the list really does go on and on. The change I made was to put me first as much as I can. Sure, there are days I'm not first, but I'm never last anymore. And that my friend, is magical.