Motivation: Chapter 1

Let’s start off with the fact that I’ve been writing this freakin’ post for two weeks now. I tried to be motivational and put my personal experiences in here to help relate to you all, but you know what? It felt lame and it was way too long. Who has that kind of time?! I don’t – I couldn’t even find the time to finish the dang thing. So I deleted it all and started over. Life is about fresh starts, right? I mean, 2016 is OUR year!

So, you know what? F*ck it. Let’s keep it short and sweet, shall we? Let’s shall.

I realized right around Christmas that I was very unhappy with my body and I can’t blame anyone but myself, so I had to find ways to motivate myself to get back on the Healthy Train. It wasn’t enough to just hit the gym and make my rounds on the machines. Also, I hate cardio with a passion and running on a treadmill is incredibly dull to me, so no thank you.

I pestered my fit as hell sister for tips and workouts and recipes and inspirational people to follow on Instagram, etc. Once I had a base, it wasn’t so hard. I like trying new things in the gym and I like lifting weights, but I get easily distracted, lazy, and discouraged when I don’t see the results I want in about five minutes. Hello, I just did 70 million abs, why can’t I see them!? Knowing this about myself, I had to surround myself with people who had similar goals as mine. My boyfriend hits the gym frequently, so I go with him, but he wants to bulk up and I want to slim down and that can sometimes result in different workouts. It’s still motivating though! If he goes, then I’m going and I can figure out what I’m doing once I’m there. No big deal. I also chat with my friend in PA every day and we are constantly telling each other not to let a cheat day or a lazy day get us down. We vent and bitch and moan about workouts, but also tag each other in posts that are inspirational and send each other new workouts that we might get.

I recently came to terms with the fact that I’m not going to turn into some gym bunny where fitness is my life. It’s not a passion of mine like it has been for so many. I think it’s great that so many have because that means they gain experience and then share it with us! I appreciate them even more for that. It’s not for me, though and I find that I’m okay with that. I can’t continue to beat myself up for not going to the gym every day or even 4-5 days a week. I can’t let the fact that I haven’t done cardio (again) make me feel as if I’ll never look good. First off, there is nothing wrong with how I look currently. I have my health and I’ve got a great life, that’s all I need. Secondly, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to improve the way I look. There’s no strict way of doing it, either. I know that it will take longer for me to get where I want if I don’t always eat right, if I don’t hit the gym every day, etc etc. However, if I keep a healthy mentality through it all, I’ll have a healthy physicality, too.

I need to stop comparing myself to others, too. I won’t stop admiring others or drawing inspiration from them, however! I mean, I will constantly look at my sisters and marvel at their dedication to fitness and constantly congratulate them when they’ve worked so hard and done so well. And I know that they’ll do the same for me, even if I’m not “hard core”. As it stands, I enjoy going to the gym now. I enjoy lifting weights and ~*sometimes*~ doing cardio and I enjoy the way I feel after it. Just like I enjoy eating a majority of healthy foods and being aware of how much I’m eating within a day and trying to find a nice balance. Yet, I’m not going to kick myself for taking a night off and sitting on the couch for a full day eating pizza and binging on Gilmore Girls for the 100th time. Why, you ask? BECAUSE I ENJOY EATING PIZZA AND WATCHING TV, TOO!

This is the only life we’ve got. Even if you believe in reincarnation, you aren’t going to come back with the same exact life, so take the one you’re given and let it be the absolute best it can be. Be healthy and be happy and eat healthy and eat crappy. Do what makes you happy the most. If you’re unhappy, take healthy steps to getting yourself happy again. Surround yourself with support and love and inspiration and never ever forget to just marvel at how great your life really is. For instance, today I know I am not going to get to the gym and I know that I’m going to get home open a bottle of wine with my boyfriend and just relax for the evening and it’s going to be great. Tomorrow, though, who knows – maybe I’ll wake up and want to go to the gym while Boyf is off playing basketball. And if I do, then dang, I’m going to feel so accomplished! And if I don’t? Then that just means I slept in a little and the bags under my eyes will love me for it. It’s a win-win really.

So go and #BeXcited about life! Hashtag of the day: #BeXcitedFitness

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