• Jennifer Hooke

Yesterday’s A Closing Door- You Don’t Live There Anymore

“Back in my Glory Days..” “That was my prime time…” “I’ll start over on Monday..” “Snooze button.. I’ll try again tomorrow!” “I wish I could do that again (or look like that again).” “I’m single.. And alone.. Why should I care about myself and my health when no one is there for me.. But my dogs?” “But I like to eat ice cream and take naps!” “Life is hard enough..” “I’m too busy being a soccer mom, I’ll start focusing on myself more when my kids are in college.” “I’m in college and can barely keep up with my studies.. Let alone take time to focus on my health. I’m young.. I have time!” “Working out is too hard.. Everytime I start over I’m so sore I can hardly move!”

Anything sound familiar? Some of those sound a little rough and extreme when you read them out loud, but I know this is reality at some point in time or another for many.

“You're shattered Like you've never been before “The life you knew In a thousand pieces on the floor And words fall short in times like these When this world drives you to your knees You think you're never gonna get back To the you that used to be…”

Scroll back up and say those words One.Last.Time. Call it a farewell party. Why? Because we are here to focus on our task at hand. OUR health and wellness. Our united goal of walking worthy in our purpose and our calling in life. You DO fit in that category; we just have to dig deep and DIGNIFY because YOUR life is worthy.

“Tell your heart to beat again Close your eyes and breathe it in Let the shadows fall away Step into the light of grace Yesterday's a closing door You don't live there anymore Say goodbye to where you've been And tell your heart to beat again”

Now that your heart is beating again <3 Let’s talk about a few things: Preparation, Reflection, The Blessing, Your Best Self, Your PURPOSE.

“Beginning Just let that word wash over you It's alright now Love's healing hands have pulled you through So get back up, take step one Leave the darkness, feel the sun Cause your story's far from over And your journey's just begun”

Prepare yourself mentally and physically. Have a little faith and take a little (or giant) leap out of your previous “norm”. Every day is your Glory Day- those don’t live in the past! Rearrange your outlook. You are in control, and when you feel like control is spinning wild- The Man upstairs will reel you back in. Don’t wait for a Monday, or a new Morning. Waiting only delays your euphoric future, your heartbeat, your fitness journey that feels so good! Even if you feel lost and empty, you were born on purpose and to live that purpose out. The World is your accountability and your ripple is waiting to be made. Love is everywhere. Support is all around. Have an open mind, an open heart and you’ll find your open eyes are soon to follow. What you FOCUS on prepares you for what you will later be REFLECTING on.

“Let every heartbreak And every scar Be a picture that reminds you Who has carried you this far 'Cause love sees farther than you ever could In this moment heaven's working Everything for your good”

Now take that step. That step is different for everyone, but to be quite literal- get up. Get going, because you can! Be FEARLESS in the pursuit… you can do it! We can do it. Wash those fruits and veggies going bad in your fridge, shop the exterior of the grocery store, eat fresh and nutrient filled, step out of the comfort zone of the route that has the least resistance. Lace up those shoes, set that alarm, block off a few minutes of your day and dream about what sets your soul on fire; then pursue it. It will take effort, but your open eyes, open heart and new found open door will lead you to your beginning.. blessings to be had in this life you live on purpose. They’re out there and I CAN’T WAIT for you to experience them. Fitness feels good, self care feels good, positivity feels good, one accomplishment at a time feels good….this is your well-being in a nutshell.

So.. Maybe you’ve started.. You’re Living out your pursuit.. But you’re sore or your joints are feeling achy. Another aspect of Self Care is coming into play: Recovery! The boring part of fitness and wellness, but the oh so necessary. In a simplified version- the more you exercise, the more your muscles are working (contracting and breaking down to be rebuilt again only stronger). This can shorten your muscle fiber length and your body will recognize this new length as normal… end result? Stiff, sore, achy, immobile, losing motivation and a slow downward spiral with potential injury. What should you do? Take a few minutes to stretch after you exercise. If your workouts are pretty intense, you’ll want to incorporate some foam rolling or lacrosse ball rolling techniques to help break up some tension, knots and bound up tissue. Here is a video that covers some rolling techniques, some stretching and also some yoga movements to help. It’s long, but you can hover and fast forward, rewind or pause as often as necessary to get the gist of it.

FULL BODY ROLL, STRETCH AND YOGA : https://youtu.be/Ia7f75IxWPk

Now… Reap those Blessings. Enjoy your ongoing, purpose filled journey and dignified life worthy of a smile. Your accomplishments are hard earned and man, what an awesome feeling.

** Quoted song lyrics from Danny Gokey’s: “Tell Your Heart to Beat Again” **

Stay tuned for the next blog! Taking another Nutrition Twist on our Fitness Journey….

Cheers to good fuel for our mind, body and soul! Until next time, Jennifer Hooke NSCA- CPT, CSCS INNERSTRENGTH SPORT AND WELLNESS, LLC www.innerstrengthorlando.com

-- Jennifer Hooke
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