Everything has changed and yet I am more me than I've ever been - Iain Thomas
I started this blog years ago when fitness became a focal point in my life. I've always been active but each year my passion and inspiration grows. I recently had the pleasure of reconnecting with an old friend that asked me why I no longer pursued my writing. A million excuses ran through my mind and I simply replied, "I think about it all of the time but don't see the value." We discussed how it could help others which has always been its sole purpose. I dismissed this thought immediately but after sharing ideas I came to realize - maybe it will, perhaps it won't. Either way if it inspires one person to do more, well then... it's worth it.
The title of this post suits my past year and a half well. I am unbelievably happy with everything and everyone, dare I say content but far from complacent. Much has changed since beginning this blog; either positive experiences or learning opportunities but moving to Denver awakened my passion for the outdoors considerably. I always loved hiking, weight training, trail running, and I'll never forget my first 14er, but my world has been expanded - unlimited places to explore and chances to meet amazing people. It's gifted me with a new appreciation for this beautiful State that I am fortunate to call home.
You know you're winning when you're happy for no reason. Sure conflict, stress, and difficult times arise but the key to success is to find constructive outlets to manage around it. Take a moment and ask yourself, are you happy? Yes - keep doing what you're doing. If the answer is no - change something.
If personal progress or lack thereof is contributing to negative emotions be gentle with yourself. Everyone starts somewhere and there is no finish line. Celebrate the small victories. Consistency is key when it comes to fitness.
Here is my simple "Ways to be active and happy list":
- As previously mentioned, change something. Even if it's small change like new clothes you typically wouldn't wear or even the color of your hair. I went brunette (something I never could've imagined doing) and I love it so much I wished I would've done it years ago! Talk about a confidence boost, I feel more like myself than ever before. If you're in the Denver area check out Jessica Rodriguez at Three Cutters Wash Park. She is truly an artist and not to mention an incredible woman overall.
- Baby steps. Go for a walk, go for a hike, go play ball with your dog, or take your kids somewhere fun outside. Right now is the perfect time of year to become more active which will boost your happy hormones. It doesn't matter where you live you can find beauty anywhere if you simply look for it. Baby steps lead to big results. You never know when the moment of motivation will hit you, it could be while you're taking a walk alone. Allow yourself time and space, you never know where your thoughts might lead you.
- Try new things. Hit the gym, join a fitness group, or try Bikram yoga with a friend. If you don't like any of these activities keep looking and don't stop until you discover it. We all have our "thing" and once you identify what that is you'll be unstoppable.
- Practice gratitude. Appreciate what you have or you'll forever be chasing what you think might make you happy. Happiness is a state of mind that takes work. Help other people and appreciate the small things. Climbing a 14er or taking sunset photos on a trail run allows me to reflect upon my gratitude list while also getting a great workout. Almost a year ago I started a hiking group named, "Hike It Off" for anyone interested in hiking off stress, illness, weight gain, or just in need of outdoor inspiration. Creating this has been life changing and I have met some incredible people along the way. For this, I am grateful. If you are in the Denver area and are interested in joining connect with me on social!
- Progress photos. If you're already working towards a fitness goal take photos weekly in shorts, sports bra, and/or bikini. For me summer is when I focus on more ab definition and cutting. We often don't see big changes happening until a comparison is made. Commit to this for 8-12 weeks at a minimum. Depending on what your routine consists of you could be losing inches and leaning out. The scale is only one piece of the puzzle while tracking true results. Seeing how far you've come will certainly make you smile!
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If you would like fitness tips or additional hiking information feel free to reach out! I hope this helps you win at happiness.