Dear Online Diary

The Habit of Working Out

Dear Online Diary,

Every excuse in the book, I’ve used, for all the reasons why I can’t go to the gym. This time last year, I was in straight beast mode. The habit of working out I was in, was legit. Literally squatting more than I ever thought I could, while working with a personal trainer who was KILLER! I was the fittest I’d ever been, and I looked good!! More importantly, I felt even better. Not only mentally did I feel like a rockstar, but my confidence was through the roof. When I looked in the mirror – I fucking rocked it.

The Habit of working out isn’t the only thing I was really focused on. My eating habits were also on point. Pretty much the only processed food I was eating was frozen waffles with peanut butter and honey, in the mornings. Everything else was clean protein (mainly chicken) and vegetables. There was so much effort put into my diet, without ever being on a diet. I mean I ate A LOT of food. Never once was I starving or hungry, believe me that. That was the best shape I’ve ever been in and it felt amazing. This is where staying focused comes into play, because after feeling myself, I started to (unknowingly) give up.

Through all the amazingness I was feeling, slowly the processed foods became more and more frequent. You know – a soda here, a sweet or two there, and less-and-less time spent at the gym. I still loved the way my body looked too – for a while. It just happens like that,  great progress doesn’t go away over night. However, six months down the line, you’ll quickly start noticing the muffin top being baked right back on to your hips.

Working out has been a #1 key player in not only my physical health, but also my mental health. So I need to get into the habit of working out again. I’ve decided that I don’t necessarily want to go to the gym every single day for 2 – 3 hours though. Now, I’m going (AT LEAST) 3 times a week, and going as hard as possible for only 45 mins to an hour. If I happen to get in the zone and start getting stronger again, feeling more motivated, I’ll go longer. In this life, you can never say never. However, for right now, with school and work, that’s not my main focus. Yet – I need that confidence boost again. To look in the mirror and love my curves. Now most might say, love yourself – and dude, I’m all for that! This IS the way I love myself though. Because I’ve dealt with issues like depression and anxiety, at times it can be difficult to wake up and love myself. Although, it is becoming less and less frequent that I don’t.

Because, I’m freaking awesome y’all. 

When I’m not feeling so freaking awesome or I’m doing something that is hard, this is exactly what I say to myself – corny or not – it helps me through every time. Cause, #adulting.

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This is my get-off-the-couch-and-move-your-ass routine that is helping to kick start this amazing habit of moving my ass. It’s not hard and it’s not easy, but it gets the juices flowing and some pep in my step. A lot of times, while I’m working out, I’ll be looking on Pinterest for motivation, like specific body part work outs, or #bodygoals. It makes me work harder I think.

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As I workout 3 times a week, I’ll share each body part and what I like to do specifically. But if you are ready to get-off-the-couch-and-move-your-ass, this is where I’m starting. Do you have a regimen that gets you into the habit of working out?? Because, honey, I’m all for new things! I’ll try anything once and twice just to make sure.

Let’s keep each other mentally and physically on-top-of-the-world. Thank you for the health that runs through our veins and that brings us the energy to obtain even more health. We are so lucky.

 

Signed with gratitude,

Stephie

PS. Full disclaimer, I am not a personal trainer by any means. I’m not saying you’re going to get super fit with this, but I am saying that this is the workout that gets me off my ass to start into the habit of working out.

4 thoughts on “The Habit of Working Out

  1. Love this. I just got off the couch and did at least 15 curls with my little dumb bells and jumping jacks after reading your post. I know I need to do much more but that’s a start anyway. Thanks for the reminder!

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