“Opportunistic”

Opportunistic

  1. exploiting immediate opportunities, especially regardless of planning or principle.

Source: Oxford dictionary

I believe that what I did yesterday fits this definition perfectly.  I exploited, or took advantage of the fact that my children’s Great Uncle wanted to take them to the motorbike shop and I went for a run.  No children were harmed in this opportunistic act, in fact, they had a fabulous time, so everyone had a win – got to love it when that happens!!

Anyhow, back to my run, it was an unexpected run – such a bonus!  For anyone who is time poor (which is probably most of us at some stage), this is comparative to winning on a scratch-it ticket – not anticipated, but you are grateful anyway!

When I was running I was thinking about both time and change.  They are the two things we have no control over and yet both make a huge difference in our lives. Its how we perceive them that makes all the difference.  For example, five years ago, running definitely wouldn’t have been my chosen opportunistic activity when someone offered to take my child (there was only one then) off my hands and honestly I would have cringed at the thought at all!!  But here we are, 5 years on, running is a chosen past time of mine – and on my opportunistic run it felt was so good it almost seemed a little naughty.  I almost felt like someone was going to tap me on the shoulder and tell me my time was up – now that is a massive change of perspective!

There was certainly nothing pretty about my run, it was slow and I sweated, a lot!  But it was my longest for the year this far and man, knowing I had just smashed out 9km, I can tell you, that felt pretty damn fine!  I also discovered a road I didn’t know existed, which links perfectly to my last blog post about new adventures being good for you!

So time has changed me and I’m proud of that.

I’m a runner now because I believe I am, (but just to set the record straight here and now, I will never be a race winner – but I sure feel like one especially when I walked in the gate and our dog was so pleased to see me, I imagine that’s how elite athletes feel when their fans surround them!

My perception of yesterday’s opportunity was as a way to get closer to my goals and I was ever so grateful for the time.

It is rather ironic, because, as a nurse, normally when I think of opportunistic I think of infection!  Since I’m writing about health, infection is obviously antagonistic to the cause!  However, perhaps just like sneaky infections, we all need to be a little opportunistic sometimes, especially if it meets our needs and gets us closer to our goals!

Disclaimer:  I tried to upload the photo I took just after I got back from said run, enter technical difficulties, hence the use of the happy emoji instead!  My apologies!

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Here’s to new adventures!

Today I went to my first group PT session.  Wouldn’t you think that a good couple of years into my gaining health journey, I would have been to one?!  I guess it’s just never lined up with my schedule, or perhaps I have just never made it happen.  But, low and behold, I really enjoyed it, the camaraderie was really something to be relished.

The group was welcoming, not stand-offish, friendly yet not over-familiar and giving it their all, but yet not competitive – some people would say this is tall ask these days!  Everyone was there for their own reasons, and you know what, nobody asked their reasons.  The leader, Marisa, perhaps knew some of their reasons, but it wasn’t important.  What was important, that despite their reasons and motivations, everyone turned up and gave it their all, not to be the best there, but to be better than yesterday.

‘Being better than yesterday’ is another quote I like, it supports the concept of starting from where you are – wherever that may be, as long as its an improvement on the days prior.

If I had not gone to the class today, I wouldn’t have had this new adventure and I wouldn’t be writing about the supportive network of women I encountered today.

There is always room to be better, and I reckon today, I was!  Yay, me!  I was a little proud. Though only a bit, some of the ladies should be even prouder of themselves, they smashed out some impressive fitness test results!!

My conclusion and in support what I have always known – new adventures are ridiculously good for the mind!  Sometimes they require stepping out of your comfort zone, but hey, life begins at the end of that, doesn’t it?!

Have a great week!

Will your tree grow in 2016?

What if something really disappointing happened?  What if, this time next year you looked back at 2016 and it had been just the same as 2015?  You hadn’t grown, or achieved any goals or gained any more knowledge – you were in exactly the same place as you were 12 months prior.   I don’t know about you but that scene 100% terrifies me, and I know this won’t be happening to me.  Can you think of someone who it could happen to?  What are they working towards? Or are they just getting through each day?  Do they have goals? or are they just happy to remain status quo?  Is that person you?

You see, growing as a person is a decision.  As simple as that, if you decide you don’t want to stay where you are then you are deciding to grow.  I like that.  I heard a quote recently that represented that decision and growth at the same time.  ‘People are like trees – they are either green and growing or ripe and rotting’.  The trees that are ripe and rotting aren’t learning or growing whereas the green and growing ones decide to continue learning and  add positively to their lives and those around them.  Just like trees, you can’t be both, so there lies a decision, are you green and growing or ripe and rotting??

Growing to me means you are able to recognise there is so much ‘out there’ you don’t know and that you are hungry for knowledge.  And this time, Google alone won’t cut it as a source of information!  Continuing with the tree analogy, water is necessary, the water is the resources that will help you grow.  Trees who are growing need water and lots of it.  What will your water be in 2016?  For wellness, the water is the knowledge and skills to make sustainable changes to your every day.  So if you buy lots of self-help books filled with this knowledge and skills or read lots of Instagram posts with motivational quotes, can you expect to grow? You might, but I’m guessing the odds are stacked against you, right?!

So what are the day to day skills you need to master to grow?  I don’t exactly know what will help you personally, as we know, everyone is different.  What I do know is that lots of work/time/research has been done around the world to find out what helps people grow.  In fact, a whole industry has emerged because people want to improve their health.  Yet, as a society, people want a quick fix.  At a guess, do you think the knowledge and skills to maintain sustainable lifestyle changes are acquired overnight?  Like the famous shampoo and conditioner, it won’t happen overnight, but it will happen, with learning and time, that is.  I don’t think you want to be in that disappointing predicament this time next year.

So herein lies the challenge, will you take the time to ‘water your tree’ and do some learning to grow in 2016? I sure hope so.

Why Wellness Assist in 2016?

I’ve decided 2016 is going to be my year, my year to help people achieve.  No, it wasn’t that I set myself some crazy new year’s resolutions and had to commit to following through with them.  To be honest, it was that I took a look back over the last 5+ years of my life and realised how far I’d come.  Yes, I have a journey, like a lot of people, to some it might not be exciting, but to others its shows personal strength and what the mind and body is capable of.

You see, I’ve lost weight, and I’ve put weight on, and then lost it again. Its not lost, like I’m looking for it, its lost like, I said, good riddance when it ‘disappeared’.

With the ‘losing’ of weight, I’ve gained both physical and mental strength and I can say, with conviction, that I’m not going looking for the ‘lost’ weight any time soon….  With the loss though, came so many gains.  I’ve gained so many things, including health, muscles, confidence, friends, and new experiences – some I continue to use, others I would rather forget – like when I fell off my bike during an enticer triathlon….FYI after a few cracks, I’ve decided triathlon isn’t my sport, though I did try!

So, while you could say I wasn’t enticed by triathlon, I wasn’t discouraged either, I’ve just shifted my focus, to being the best version of myself.  I know that’s a bit cliche’, not sure whose line it was first, but I want to be someone my boys look up to.  Yes, I’m a Mum to two handsome and boisterous boys, and I must say they are part of many of my reasons for making sustainable lifestyle changes.  I’m also a wife, I’ve been lucky enough to be with my awesome husband for almost 10 years now, wow, that makes me feel a little old!  He too, has a journey, but I don’t have his permission to share, so that is for a future blog. The other main hat I fashion is that I’m a Registered Nurse, I wouldn’t say it defines me, but certainly has presented some interesting life experiences since I graduated 13 years ago!!  As we all do, there are other titles I hold dear, though, it wouldn’t leave much to talk about if I spilled them all now, would it?!

So I invite you to join me, join my blog and find out about the cultivating that has gone on since the start of this journey I speak of!  I look forward to sharing and perhaps even helping you achieve!

Bring on 2016!!