By Gail Gedan Spencer
One year, give or take a few days.
That’s how long we have to really make an impact on our healthy-living goals by the time we meet up again for FitBloggin’ 16 in Indianapolis.
A lot can be done in 300-something days. You can start (or restart) that blog you’ve been talking about for so long.
You can take your walks to runs, if that’s your thing. You can become more flexible with Pilates or yoga. Take up spinning, skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, or even get your kids more active. Learn to cook, give up fast food, drink more water. Get to a happy weight, or a heck of a lot closer.
That’s my project. If I lose one little pound a week, in a year that’ll be 52 pounds, which is pretty impressive.
I’ve been going to FitBloggin’ every year since the inaugural conference, and after every conference I have vowed that I’d come back next year as a shining success story. But that hasn’t happened.
And I know that I’m not the only one who makes that same promise to myself.
We meet, we hug, we laugh, we sweat and laugh some more, and then we return to our home bases, swearing that next year will be different or better or thinner.
A bunch of little satellites buzzing around the love hub that is FitBloggin’.
But instead of working on our goals alone, why don’t we harness our power and really get it done this year?
When I got back from Denver, I wrote a post-FitBloggin’ call to action, and got some heartwarming responses. One of those comments asked if I was planning on some sort of check-in or link-up. Yes — I really think an accountability check-in will help turn our woulda-coulda-shouldas into real progress.
So what I’m looking for are people who aren’t afraid to do the hard work to make this the year the promise becomes a reality. As I’ve asked before — who’s with me?
Gail Gedan Spencer is a South Florida wife, mom and baseball fan who blogs at GoGoGail.com and writes and edits all over the place, including Fit Bottomed Girls and Shrinking Kitchen. You can find Gail on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.