Hi friends! I’m currently enjoying some quality time with my husband 😀 I’ll be back soon, but in the meantime please enjoy this inspiring post from one of my favorite real-life blends, Heather of Then Heather Said.
For a long time it seemed to me that life was about to begin – real life.
But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid.
At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.
This perspective has helped me to see there is no way to happiness.
Happiness is the way.
So treasure every moment you have and remember that time waits for no one.
Happiness is a journey, not a destination.
– Alfred D. Souza
I recently read this quote, which hangs by decorative magnets on my refrigerator. I have read it dozens of times prior, agreeing silently to myself every time. This time, however, I read the quote before settling in my living room with my appointment book and journal, ready to tackle the New Year head on. I have already declared 2011 my healthiest year yet, and I’m determined to stay on top of my goals and plans in order to make sure this is the case. When I started looking over my schedule of work outs, meal plans, and lists of ‘what to accomplish’ and ‘what to avoid,’ Souza’s quote on the Happiness Journey wouldn’t escape my mind.
Happiness does not come only from reaching my goal weight, but in each step taken to get there. It comes from my learning how to balance nutrition and indulgence, and with each healthy decision I choose to make. Each minute logged of cardio, each pound of weight I lift, each ounce of soda I replace with an ounce of water. Happiness comes from the week to week battle, the joy of the one pound loss, or the motivation and determination to continue when the scale doesn’t show a loss at all.
Happiness does not come only from the finish line, but in each mile leading to it. It comes from each training run, no matter how fast or slow. It comes from those afternoons of speed work, and early mornings filled with tempo runs. It comes from the time you take to stretch, and cross train, and condition, and rest. It comes from properly fueling and learning what works best for your body. It comes from recovery, and survival, and getting it done.
Often, as women setting goals for our health, nutrition, and fitness, we look so far into the future we forget to enjoy the process. When we take time to enjoy the journey, each step of progression and every moment of development, we open ourselves up to the possibility of deepening our experience with our own determination and success. Happiness IS the journey.