Tricking or Treating?

Hello All Creepy Critters (et al)!

Tis another season of tricking and treating. Witch are you doing ghoulfriends and boilfriends?

And I don’t mean the lizard you mean to put into Aunt Martha’s apron pocket or the soaping you intend to put dad’s car through or even the pillow case full of goodies you intend to reap from your neighbours.

I’m talking about the tricking or treating you’re doing to/for yourself. Not just today but every day. Ever hear the ghostly sounds of the excuse train running through your head? Then you know what I mean.

Come with me to unhallowed ground where few mortals dare to tread. The graveyard of broken dreams. The abyss of best intentions. Where the excuse train pulls into its…last…stop.

Take a breath. Don’t be scared. Join me in treating yourself with as much respect as you can possibly muster–before you go screaming stark, raving mad into the night from too much self care.

Instead of tricking yourself out of all the things that are good for you. The things that go bump in the night, that rattle your brains when you are fiercely alone with yourself. Where excuses hold no more water.

Make, instead, a conscious decision to list 3 things every day that you can do to treat yourself well. Then see if you can live up to that list.

I’ve been doing this for a couple of weeks and I find I’ve been treating myself a lot better. I don’t ignore those nasty little voices in my head that tell me to go for a workout or call a friend or stop chewing on my fingers!!!

What three things would you do to treat yourself better today? Write them down and then let me know how they turn out.

Along the (Spooky) Fitness Trail,



About tracygagnon

Tracy’s life-long passions have intertwined to create an interesting career. Since childhood, Tracy has loved writing, public speaking and fitness. She graduated from Carleton University’s School of Journalism in 1986. Since that time, she has written for the Ottawa Citizen newspaper, created and written several newsletters, written award-winning technical manuals, as well as marketing materials, reference check reports, proposals and other materials. She has written for all levels of government, private industry and the not-for-profit sector on a variety of subjects. Throughout her life, Tracy has also found herself publicly presenting various types of information—from teaching small children to swim and adult fitness classes to presenting communication seminars and creative speeches (through Toastmasters International). In order to pull all her interests together, she created Inward Journeys in 1994. Her purpose was to help individuals and groups draw out their potential. She wrote programs on communication, teamwork, self-esteem and motivation. Each program was interactive and very often had a physical element to help participants internalize key points. Some of her experiential team adventures included: rock climbing, whitewater rafting, sailing and dogsledding. The final thread from childhood was a love of fitness, which was already manifest from the days of Participaction and flexed arm hangs (yuk!) to Inward Journeys and finally onto a new challenge at Carleton University. At 42 she became a fitness instructor at Carleton U—a dream she had had since she was 16! Eventually she was offered a full time contract position, where was able to finally put all of her skills to work as a writer, presenter and fitness enthusiast. She created the Fitness Now newsletter, the To Your Health blog, and taught fitness classes to people from all walks of life. After a year and a half, however, her contract wasn’t renewed and it was time to move on to a new adventure. Her passions have never dimmed and because of that Tracy has created a new fitness blog called Along the Fitness Trail. Please join her on her new adventure.
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