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It’s that time of year when everyone is trying to get back into their healthy lifestyle. While I may not always love fighting for time on the treadmill at a busier than normal gym, I fully support someone’s desire to change their health and be more active. But as we all know, for many the point comes when they start to get bored with the time at the gym, they don’t enjoy what they’re doing, or they feel frustrated because they’re not seeing progress as quickly as they may have hoped. If this is you (or sounds like someone in your life), instead of giving up, I thought I would share a few of my top tips to stay motivated in my fitness goals. What’s even better is that these tips remain true regardless of the time of year:
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I’m sure all of us can relate to the feeling of walking into the gym for the first time, whether that be for the very first time, after a long break, or when joining a new (to you) gym; it’s intimidating. And understandably so.
A few weeks ago, I won a giveaway on Instagram for a free month-long membership to a barre studio in Grand Rapids. I had never tried barre before so I was definitely excited to give it a try but as I sat in the car outside of the studio waiting to go inside, I started getting knots in my stomach. I was so nervous. I wouldn’t know anyone, I had no idea what to expect, and I was afraid I would make a complete fool of myself.
I feel like most months we find ourselves saying “I can’t believe how quickly this month went by” but I can’t say I feel the same about January. I have seen a few memes in the last few weeks about how long January is and heard it mentioned on a few podcasts, so apparently I’m not the only one who felt it.
January had some highlights but was also pretty stressful. I’m feeling the end of yoga teacher training coming and there are a few things at work weighing on me pretty heavily. I felt like I had to be a lot more mindful of where I was mentally, what I needed, and how to best keep my general feelings of overwhelm at bay. I’m grateful for my freelance editors for being understanding and allowing me to take some time away while I catch up on life a bit.
I learned several years ago that you don’t apologize for not blogging. While I know some bloggers still do, it’s something I gave up awhile ago. While I always hope that my words will reach out and resonate with someone, ultimately I remind myself that I initially started this space for me over 7 years ago and if I don’t stay true to my authenticity, then I’ll never reach someone. With that said, sometimes being authentic means taking 2 unexpected weeks off blogging. But then again, I was taking rest.
I actually have a handful of posts that I’m excited to write, publish and share with all of you coming up but things are getting pretty hectic around here and last week I was really struggling to keep my anxiety under wraps so something had to give. The good news is that I am feeling quite a bit better and ready to get back to this space with hopefully more regularity than it has been the last few weeks.