Take Note


I typically tend to be very self-motivated, especially when it comes to exercising, as I always have been active and athletic.  Exercise, to me, is more than just physical, as it helps me remain emotionally and mentally healthy, as well.  It truly is my salvation, but since my entire routine changed because of my divorce a little over a year ago, I have been in need of some saving.  Little did I know that my rescuer would come in the form of my eleven year old daughter.

I have been trying to re-establish a regular workout routine to no avail, so, last month, I traded in my gym membership for an elliptical machine and all sorts of free weights, resistance bands, tubing, etc.  I had everything, except for the motivation to put these things to good use on a regular basis.  What’s a girl to do to finally stage her fitness comeback?  Well, I told the two people I love the most in the world, my daughters, about my goal to get back into tip-top shape, and I told them of my plans to launch my comeback today.  They were supportive of me and expressed their belief in me that I could do this, but my older daughter surprised me and took it to the next level.

As I got ready for bed last night, I began to find a series of Post-It notes around the house with funny and motivational sayings like the one pictured above from my older daughter.  They made me smile and laugh, and they certainly motivated me to get out of bed when the alarm went off this morning.  I wanted to do this for myself, as I always feel so much more energetic and alive on every level when I exercise, and I want to live a very long, happy, healthy life for myself and my daughters.  Beginning my day with a workout was one of the best things that I did for myself today, and I am very grateful to have the best “personal trainer” in the world to leave me great reminders to inspire me.  I want to be physically fit, and I want to be a great role model for both of my daughters.  Today was the first day of my comeback, and the best is yet to come indeed!

Inspired by my daughter’s terrific Post-It note reminders, I decided to borrow her idea and leave some of my own positive notes to hopefully inspire and cheer up others.  I wrote down some positive affirmations on Post-It notes and randomly placed them around the city-in elevators, the bank, the doctor’s office, etc.  There is great power in the written word, and visual reminders can be wonderfully beneficial.  I have no idea who may have found the notes or what they may have thought of them, but I believe that they were found by the right people who needed to read a positive message at just the right time.  I only hope that they made the recipients smile as much as I did and feel as good as my daughter’s notes made me feel today. 

I love the fact that my daughter did something so simple, yet meaningful, to inspire me to do something good for myself today in the form of exercise, and this gesture then inspired me to do something good for someone else.  That’s the hope I have for this blog, that it inspires others to do good deeds for themselves and at least one other person.  It really is that simple, and it really is that significant, too. 

Just one thing each day . . .

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