My Vacation Exercise Routine

My Vacation Exercise Routine

When I go on vacation, I want time to relax and not worry about a to-do list. I want to have a slow morning and head to the beach for the day. I want to slowly get ready for dinner and choose a spot on a whim. I want to enjoy the days and evenings without planning out every little thing. I also want to stay active while on vacation, not because I feel the need to “work off” the food I’m eating, but because I know my body gets energy through physical activity. In years past, I would make sure I got in an hour workout almost every morning, but now that I have reached a better place with my body, I do not push myself that hard anymore.

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Why I Exercise

Why I Exercise

Yesterday, I started getting back into the habit of working out in the morning. I recently moved into an apartment building that has a gym on the main floor and I am so pumped! The fact that I can roll out of bed and walk downstairs to the gym has helped me to stay motivated. When I headed down on Monday morning, I did not have much of a plan. I knew I wanted to get in a quick warm up on the treadmill and do a few dumbbell exercises, but I did not have a rigid routine in my head. Let me tell you, it felt really good to be able to head to the gym without obsessing over this.

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When To Skip A Workout

When To Skip A Workout

During most weeks, my schedule includes working out in the morning at least three times a week.   However, this week my schedule is jam packed and I literally do not have time to get a solid workout in until maybe Thursday or Friday.  When I was struggling with body image issues, this fact would have made me feel guilty all week and my self-esteem would've plummeted.

Do you feel guilty when you skip a workout because you are too tired?  When you are too busy to get a workout in, do you restrict your food to "make up for it"?  Are you really hard on yourself even when you are doing the best you can?

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The Importance of Self-Care

The Importance of Self-Care

It's been quite a week over here!  I've been a tad stressed to say the least.  Starting a new job, meeting new people, and adjusting to a new city is hard.  My body started shutting down mid-week because I was letting the stress get to me and my self-care was out the window.  Self-care is something I tend to forget about when I have a bunch of other things on my plate, so this was a good reminder for me to make it a priority again.

Since I was letting self-care go on the back burner, I noticed that my mind started reverting back to old ways of thinking when it came to food and exercise.  I found myself getting paranoid about my food choices and I started judging my body because I had not been working out consistently for over a month.  The fact that my mind was reverting back to this way of thinking had me scared.  I've been through enough when it comes to these issues and I did not want them to creep back into my life.

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