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.Read More
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.Read More
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?Read More
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.Read More