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September 27th will always be a special day for me as it marks my wedding anniversary….. and this year marked not only my first year of marriage, but also the third Lorna Jane Active Nation Day, “a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more Active Life” to quote Lorna herself. Lorna’s vision was to encourage women all over the world to make a commitment to a life of Active Living by taking part in some sort of activity on 27th September, and making a personal pledge to a fitter and healthier future. As this is something I believe in and support so strongly, I was more than happy to wear an Active Living promise bracelet, as given to me by the fantastic Lorna Jane Europe (you can buy one for yourself too via this link!)
So what is my personal pledge to the Lorna Jane Active Living movement and what do I personally commit to by wearing the sporty sisterhood bracelet?
My Active Nation Day pledge is two fold – to commit to being the best version of me, but also inspiring and supporting others to do the same. Being the best version of yourself of course would suggest being in peak physical condition and at optimum fitness – but to me this also means being balanced – getting enough sleep, not being too stressed and nourishing my body with the fuel it needs (and not beating myself up over the occasional treat). So whilst my Active Living promise is to be as strong, lean and fit as I can be, this is not at the exclusion of health, time and sanity, nor is it about comparing myself to others or dwelling on failures. I pledge to make every training session count, to try new classes, techniques and fitness experiences whenever I can, to give my body the fuel it needs to perform at an optimum level and refuel to build strength and stamina, but also to rest when I feel exhausted and my muscles are sore, to not hope sprains and niggles “just get better” and not to restrict calories to punish myself for enjoying a dessert the night before.
By following this path I hope to inspire others to do the same – to show that anything is possible (remember I’ve lost almost four stone/ 25 kg to get where I am today), that success often occurs when you feel like giving up, that we are all capable of more than we think, and that it’s okay to listen to your body, rest when you need to and have a treat every now and again. Life is short – eat the cake (just not a slab of it every day!). I follow the 80/20 rule – train as hard as I can when I can and eat as cleanly as I can as often as possible, but when the chance occurs for a duvet day, or to enjoy a pizza then I take it, enjoy it, and get back to Active Living the next day. I want those around me to do the same, and pledge to be here to support my clients, class members, Blog readers, Instagram followers to all know that I am behind them in whatever fitness challenges they face. As Lorna herself said, “Active Living is about getting more out of life by giving more of yourself everyday”.
So whilst there will always be two fantastic reasons for me to celebrate September 27th, I pledge to commit to the Active Living Movement every single day. Will you join me in doing the same?