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Oct 11, 2010

Got 20/20?

I know for me, my vision has faded over the last few years. More and more I find myself adjusting the distance to the item I am reading to bring it into focus. I’ll try “the one eye”, the “squint”, the “trombone”, the “sideways tilt”……ANYTHING to bring my sight in to focus. Finally, if all else fails, I will succumb to the “cheaters” and chuckle at my fate of doing something I swore “I’d never wear them”, and then remind myself about what my body is telling me about my age. As we age the simple things like memory, hearing and vision fade. That is the reality of our life cycle.

There is not a whole lot we can do to stave off the changes in our sight, but we can do a lot about our VISION. That is, the act or power of anticipating that which will or may come to be. The words “act” and “power” are of importance as they infer conscious thought and taking action. Hence, we can do much with the vision in our minds eye, as vision is the art of making the invisible, visible. People who use visualization techniques are more likely to achieve their desired outcome than those that do not. Outcome, being a product of the what, and the how of the visualization. Visualize “you can”, you will. Visualize “you won’t”, you can’t.

In fitness, as in life, vision is helpful in realizing the end goal. This is important to recognize, as the process of aging affects the timeliness of how our body responds to exercise stress. Exercise stress is what causes the body to adapt to that level of stress, by changing physically, but it takes consistency over time to reach the end goal. Grasping on to a vision of what you are to become, ultimately goes a long way in keeping you on course when the scale and or mirror may not be reflecting the pace at which you want change.

Vision is not instant gratification, it is a mind set of what is to become. Vision will not accept “no” for an answer. Vision is not defeatist or self degrading. Vision understands that “set backs” are “set ups” for future wins. Vision says “no” to the extra salad dressing; the salt shaker; the late night binges and the over indulgences. Vision is a positive mental picture, backed up by positive self talk and action turning the invisible………… visible.

Vision is an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present. So how do you impact this vivid and credible appearance in your mind? Try using your sight, by putting things in front of you that align with your vision. Perhaps it is a pair of skinny jeans from an ad, or a vacation destination brochure, or perhaps a 3x5 index card on the fridge with LESS THAN 240 as a cholesterol reminder. Maybe it’s a picture of you 10 or 15 years ago in that svelte outfit back in the day when 20/20 was our reality. You can get it ALL BACK and then some if you visualize, take action and then become that “me I can see” in your minds eye. 2011 is right around the corner. It’s your time now. To get started call Fitness Together 619 794 0014.


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