So I have to confess, I haven’t been sticking to my schedule this past week. And to be honest, part of me really didn’t want to share this. I felt as if I had let you all down. Here I am writing about how I workout everyday and then I don’t. But then I realized that it is really important to share my successes and my failures. That is real life–it’s not all rainbows and inspirational quotes, and in reality there is a whole lot more %^* than I would ever share (umm, I have a toddler, a baby, and two great danes so you do the math!)
In the past week (especially over the weekend) things came up and priorities shifted. Not big stuff and nothing bad; but, for example on Sunday I wanted to paint the front hall table, so I did. And that used up time that I may have spent exercising. Once I skipped a workout, I was much more likely to skip it the next day. I figured, well I am so off track already, what is one more day… And that is a slippery $%^ slope because when I don’t workout, I don’t make good food choices.
So this past Monday it took a lot for me to say, “whatever, I am starting over again” (as in resuming working out everyday) and I worked out for 30 minutes (not 1 hr.), and it felt so good. I left behind the guilt that I had felt about missing my workouts and eating poorly over the weekend. And then Tuesday, I did the same thing, and actually worked out for the full time (1 hr) because the stars aligned and magically the kids napped at the same time for more than 15 minutes! Getting back on the horse wasn’t as hard as I had made it out in my head. On Wednesday I only had 20 minutes, so I did what I could. 20 minutes is better than nothing, and I realized that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. I am not going to have time to do 1 hr 15 minutes everyday. But most days, I will probably be able to carve out at least 20 minutes. If I can carve out more, that is awesome! But on those days when I don’t think it is going to happen, just doing a 20 minute HIIT workout will completely change the way I feel and function. And if you have to stick your kids in front of the TV to do it, nobody will judge you.
[bctt tweet=”It doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Take a little time for yourself each day–whether it is an hour or 15 minutes. You deserve it.”]
I write all of this to remind you that it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Our lives are crazy busy and goodness knows we could all use some more time in our day. Just try to take a little time for yourself each day, whether it is working out, or it’s watching the Bachelor (or combining the two!) Although I don’t watch the Bachelor, I am not above combining something I love watching (Downton Abbey) with a workout I am not exactly excited to start. Whatever it takes to get going again. And if you mess up and fall off the proverbial wagon, don’t let guilt keep you down. I recently heard Brene Brown say something that really stuck with me:
[bctt tweet=”Talk to yourself like you would to someone you love. – Brene Brown”]
Would you be friends with someone who talked to you like you talk to yourself? Probably not. So be nice, be understanding, and be encouraging. How are your 2016 resolutions going? Have you fallen off course and need to begin again? Also, be sure to follow along on Facebook and Twitter because I have been sharing a ton of awesome articles on motherhood, design, and life over there and would love to discuss! I will continue to share exclusive content there because the blog isn’t always the most appropriate forum to discuss news articles. And a newsletter is coming out on Friday, so if you want to know all the best links I found this week, and the tips and tools that have made my week awesome, join my newsletter. So make sure to check it out!
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