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Struggle Street: Working Out

I wanted to share a little post about my struggles with being healthy.  One of those struggles is finding the motivation/time/energy to work out.  I am not the healthiest eater, by any stretch of the imagination, so I HAVE to do SOMEthing to try and balance that out: either eat better (not happening) or be physically active.  One of those “doctors” I mentioned in a past post told me that I should be doing at least 20 minutes of physical activity per day.  I told her that sounded like an awful lot, and some days I just don’t have time to do a 20 minute workout.  She replied, “you can’t walk, Tess?  Just walk for 20 minutes?”  I told her I had a lot of plans for the weekend, and while that seemed like a reasonable request, I just couldn’t commit to it yet.

But here I am, over 6 months later, thinking those weekend plans have since expired.  And there’s no time like the present to get after it.  AND, if I blog about it, it’ll make me more accountable to actually do it. I am about to embark on the next decade of my life, and I figure now is as good of a time as any to start working out.

One thing I know about working out, is when I feel physically stronger, I feel stronger in EVERY aspect of my life.  It just makes me feel like a little bit of a badass.  Like, “yeah I can do a whole minute of burpees IN A ROW, wassup?!” versus my current state of walking up the stairs and being on a phone call and someone asking if I’m ok because I’m breathing so heavily.  (Note: one minute of burpees is actually not that impressive, I’m aware.  Small victories, though 😉 )

I also know that it makes me feel less anxious, sleep better, and generally be in a better mood.  I feel like I’ve accomplished something for the day and that I invested in ME.  That’s a pretty cool feeling, no?

So what stops me?!  I’ll tell ya what… laziness. Pure and simple.  I just don’t FEEL like it.  So I waste those 20-30 minutes binge watching something on netflix instead and then feel like I should have done something productive with that time instead.  I have the time, or I can make the time, and I’m just choosing not to.  I give myself every excuse in the book not to and to start another time. It’s a running joke with some of my friends that I’m always saying I’m going to start working out “next week.”

Well, that stops now folks.  I’m going to commit to being healthier.  Today.  Not tomorrow.  Not next week.  I’m putting it out there so I will be more accountable to it.  So if you see me or talk to me, do me a solid and ask me how my working out is going… and if I’m not regularly working out, punch me in the face.

I’m excited to be healthier, to be a better me.

And for your viewing enjoyment, see photos of how my first yoga sesh went with Gracie’s help.  You can see that there’s ALWAYS going to be something in your way.  You gonna push through it or let it stop you? 😉

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xo, tess

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