Happy Wednesday, friends! I hope you’re having an awesome start to your NEW YEAR!
I had to post about something that literally JUST happened a few minutes ago when I was spending some time with my friend Jen this morning…
I’m still in PA visiting family & I’m subscribed to a local gym here for text messages because I like to use their facility for massages whenever I’m home…and as Jen & I are standing there saying goodbye, I get a text that says “Feeling Fat? Join today!”
We looked at each other and thought…gosh, they could’ve used some different wording to maybe POSITIVELY MOTIVATE people to get active instead of instantly going to “feeling fat? join the gym.”
For some reason that just rubbed me the wrong way as I try so hard to help people realize that they are so much more than what their body looks like & that simply MOVING and how you FEEL is everything …
and! it will also be the reason why you stay motivated because you FEEL GOOD.
You know I’m all heated when I type in CAPS LOCK EVERYTHING ;]
But for real….just wanted to get on here to remind you that you are SO much more than how you look….you need to commit to FEELING good and taking care of yourself physically AND mentally… and that will be different for everyone when it comes to fitness.
Speaking of this — another topic I wanted to chat about with all of the New Years buzz is that taking a break or listening to your body is OK y’all.
Over this break being home for holidays I definitely haven’t been training as consistent as usual in the gym … AND that’s OK.
In 2 weeks I’ve probably trained 3-4 times & in years past I would totally beat myself up over not working out for days while home.
AND trust me, those thoughts sometimes creep back in … but each year, things get put into more perspective and I’m able to manage those thoughts even better.
We travel between our families over the 2 weeks we are home since Corey & I are from different towns about 1.5 hours from each other. We spend a few days in one town and then a few in the other trying to make sure we see our loved ones and friends.
I get to do things like babysit my nephew….
& see my family and friends …
First time doing a paint night, loved it!
So, sometimes training isn’t at the top of the priority list.
Now, I love training & how it makes me feel so if it works into the schedule while we’re home, we go! But if not, I just remember that my body will totally pick back up after a break & if anything, will probably feel even better because of the rest I’ve given it.
Yesterday Corey and I got in a session before we went to visit a friend and our training lasted about 45 minutes! It felt great to lift again and even better to be in & out in 45 minutes.
In the past I used to be obsessed with working out for an hour or even more as if it was a “magic” amount of time I had to be in the gym … & don’t get me wrong, sometimes my training sessions do go longer if I’m really in the zone & lose track of time or I’m taking a group class … & sometimes they don’t and last 30 minutes— and that’s OK.
I truly believe in putting in your effort with each set & connecting to the muscle or movement that you are working instead of just going through the motions and watching the clock tick to make sure you’re in the gym for a certain amount of time.
My girl @alessandrascutnik justttt posted about this because this was a big topic we just chatted about recently when I went to visit her.
We chatted about where we’re at with training & how much more we really focus on that “mind-muscle connection” and the PURPOSE of each move then we did back in the day when we first started training.
So this year, instead of feeling pressure to be doing something everyone else is or not “doing enough”….don’t be afraid to safely challenge yourself in the gym & try not to get too fixated on the amount of time you spend in the gym but the QUALITY of time you spend in the gym.
There is no magic amount of time to be in the gym and everyone’s sessions will look different — just do something you enjoy and get your motivation to FEEL good.
I hope you have an awesome new year!
BE TRUE TO YOU, always!
Leave a comment below sharing how you want to FEEL for the New Year! xo