Practicing yoga a few months ago
It’s Friday! If you follow our blog, you may have noticed that Friday’s blog is always related to fitness. You may have also noticed I literally never write on Friday. This is not a coincidence 😉 Today, I was going to write about yoga. I even started typing, got 3 paragraphs in and thought to myself, “I feel like I’m lying.” I erased it all, and I started over.
Can I just get super honest?! I love yoga, really I do. It clears my mind and makes me sweat. Lately, though, I’ve had zero motivation. Absolutely none. It takes Alix or my roommate Emilie to (literally) drag my butt to yoga. I used to go every single day, but now I have a daily excuse as to why I can’t make it. Has this ever happened to you? Have you ever been so into something (a song, an activity, even a person), that all you do is obsess over it until the spark is gone and the flame goes out? That’s how I’m feeling about working out in general lately.
Today, I blacked out in a store. It was mildly (VERY) embarrassing. Out of nowhere, my knees got weak, my body got hot, I was light headed and then boom! Black out in the middle of the checkout line. Maybe it was because I saw how much my new goodies were going to cost. Kidding, kind of haha. After I got back to my office and sat down with a Coke and fry in hand to raise my blood sugar, I realized something. I am not taking care of my body.
I’m what some call “skinny-fat” (how nice). I’m at a pretty average, maybe even below average, weight for my height. I eat healthy for dinner and mostly for lunch, too. I like a glass of red wine with dinner. I always go to bed early and get a full 8 hours of sleep. I was a cheerleader, runner, and soccer player in high school. In college I hit the gym pretty much weekly with my roommates. However, now a year into the working world, I’m doing the bare minimum and it honestly took passing out in a dang home good store to realize this!
All of this to say, it’s time to be honest with myself. Maybe you’re in the same boat. Maybe you’re like me, and you work 9-5 while balancing friends and a boyfriend and committees and you get it. Maybe you even have children, and if so, girlfriend I salute you. But we’re never too busy to take care of ourselves, you know? If you’re not putting yourself first, who is? How can you take care of everyone else around you if you can’t even take care of yourself?
I wrote this hoping someone was in the same boat (anyone, anyone?) who could understand where I’m coming from, and also maybe to give someone else a bit of an eye opener before they faint in store. It’s okay to not always be okay. It’s normal and it’s just plain human to fall into a slump… whether that’s a workout, work, or whatever else slump. The important thing is to realize that you’re not feeling yourself, and do something about that!
I vow to get myself out of my nice leather chair and my eyes away from my computer. Do it with me? I want to push myself once a day out of my comfort zone. Maybe it’s walking my dog for a half hour around the park, maybe it’s running up and down my 4 flights of stairs to my apartment. Maybe I’ll even get back in the yoga studio. Maybe for you this means a 30 minute power session on the treadmill before your little babes wake up from a nap. Baby steps, yeah? Let’s recognize that none of us are superwoman, but we’re going to try to maybe at least be the sidekick.
Here’s how I’m going to start:
Listening to my body (and respecting it)
Addressing the issues (am I just being lazy?)
Getting organized (make playlists that motivate me, schedule time)
JUST DO IT (Nike was onto something)
What about you? How do you get motivated?!
PHEW! I’m glad I got that off my chest. I’m off to jog a few laps while listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album! Have a great weekend. XOXO
With my super cute, and WAY more athletic, little sister 🙂