I’ve stepped up my game in the gym over the past few weeks. I’m working with a trainer twice a week and it’s been great. In addition to that, I’ve been getting my cardio in three times a week. I’m working on adding another day or two. My eating habits are a work in progress. I’d rather just eat what I want and work out, but unfortunately it doesn’t work like that.
I love my gym. I’ve been a member for almost 6 years. The folks at the gym were my first friends when I was new to the area. There is always a friendly face there. Most people go to the gym to handle their business and leave. I’m such a relational person, friendliness matters to me.
I’ve had an on and off again relationship with working out post children. Prior to kids, I was very committed and quite fierce. So what happened? Well, by nature I’m a giver. I tend to give of myself, at my expense. As a result, little by little I allow Monique to fall by the waste side always feeling guilty about not making it to the gym. Can anyone relate to that? That’s no way to live. I have been steadily working to change that. Even this week, I had a few conflicts that interfered with me meeting my trainer but I worked it out. My natural instinct was to reschedule but I insisted not this time.
My gym has a series of motivational quotes posted on banners hanging from the ceiling around the indoor track. I’ve seen them many times, but they really resonated with me the other day. I reflected on what they meant to me at that moment. As I was walking, I came across this one.
Taking care of me, is synonymous with taking care of my family. It goes hand in hand. They both deserve my attention equally. As I walked a little further I saw this quote.
It’s not only about weight but exercising for overall health and wellness. Being healthy and leading a full active life is what most people want (I think). I certainly do, I’ve got a 15, 11, and 10 year old to keep up with.
I’ll try to remember that when I have a moment of weakness, sneaking a handful of barbecue chips in my mouth like someone is watching. I’m not going to pretend that I make the best choices all the time. I’m human. The key is, I never give up. There have been times when I felt like it, but I have to be a good example to my very active kids.
I really like quotes. They are a great source of encouragement and inspiration. Here’s the last one that I’ll share. I think it speaks for itself.
I’ve learned a few things about me and exercise.
- I need variety. I have to switch it up whether it is attending a zumba class or working it out on the elliptical.
- I have to check my schedule daily and plan my day with exercise in the mix, otherwise things come up which prevent me from exercising. My life is too busy. Spontaneity does not work well for me.
- Exercise is a great stress reliever. It helps me forget the worries of the day.
What strategies do you use to stay the course?
Have a great weekend!
Peace and Blessings,