Enhancing our Middles
Middles get a a lot of attention. Let’s see, there are like a 100 different belly-fat-burning supplements, exercise DVDs, and tummy-slimming clothing to help get rid of our ‘middle sections’. Middle children have been the topic of childhood development research; there has even been questions about the middle of sweets (like, what the heck IS in the center of an Oreo?). But today, as I looked at the calendar and realized that we are right in the middle of the year, I discovered the Unexpected Health wedged…in the middle.
There are loads of healthFUL opportunities at the beginning and at the end of any given year. We have New Year’s resolutions to plan, start, and then usually fail by February (hey, I’ve worked in the fitness industry, it’s true!). At the end of the year, most of us enjoy holiday time with family, friends, and time off from work. But the middle of the year is another time of year to experience abundant health…and realizing you can create health at any time on your calendar is healthy.
We shouldn’t need a holiday or a time of year to practice healthy behavior. We can set goals and achieve monumental milestones on any day, during any month. In fact, the middle of the year is a perfect time for a little health. Why not make some Middle Year’s resolutions? Without the hype and pressure of starting the year with a laundry list of To-Do’s, Must-Change, and Need-to-Lose requirements, the middle of the year allows us to be mindful of areas we want to expand in our lives, without Oprah telling us to do so. Nobody is going to ask you what your Middle Year’s resolutions are going to be because most are still stuck on the fact that they ‘fell off the wagon’ of their own New Year’s goals.
There are always going to be times when we feel like failures. It is unrealistic to expect that there will never be areas in our lives that we feel we could have done better, worked harder, and fought longer. But let’s keep ‘failure’ out of health goals. I believe that we cannot ‘fail’ at health. We may make less-than-healthFUL choices in our lives, but that does not mean that we are failures or even that our health is failing. However, goals like New Year’s resolutions do not come free of hype and unrealistic expectations. So forget about that. Try setting some goals right now; right smack in the middle of the year. We need to create MORE opportunities for experiencing health…no matter what time of year. As we try and tighten up our physical ‘middles,’ let’s loosen up on our rigidity of time when setting health goals. Let’s meet in the middle. -Until tomorrow, Jaime
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