A year ago I posted some about my fitness journey to that point and a bit about my background. I had already lost quite a bit of weight, but I hadn’t really fallen in love with fitness at the point. I exercised in spurts and wanted to get more into it, but I really didn’t enjoy it. And I didn’t honestly think I ever would. I still had a lot to learn when I wrote that post….both about fitness as a lifestyle, and about myself (I still have a lot to learn about fitness!) I could have never anticipated how the year since that post was going to go!
This year has definitely had it’s ups and downs. I finished a 12-week round of Kayla Itsines’ BBG! I also ended up in the ER twice (one of them fitness-related) and in physical therapy as well…3 injuries in as many months. I had months of working out regularly and MONTHS of not being able to do much at all.
Through all of it, one thing was clear: I love a fitness-based lifestyle. Even when it sucks, even when I don’t really want to work out….I love it.
I never really imagined loving working out. If you had told me at 25 that I would ever love working out I wouldn’t have believed you. The only exercise I had ever enjoyed as an adult was martial arts, but I didn’t even stick with that for very long. So the fact that I enjoy a lot of different exercises, that I want to try even more, seems crazy! But it’s true. And I’ve learned a lot through this fitness journey, especially over the past year!
6 Fitness Lessons I Learned In The Past Year
1. You can always start again! – It doesn’t matter if you haven’t worked out at all that week, month or even longer! You can always start again
2. It doesn’t have to be perfect – A short workout is better than no workout.
3. Rest day does not equal being lazy! – Even if it’s an unplanned or extra rest day. Yes, pay attention for when you are making excuses. But sometimes your body needs the rest.
4. Along those lines, pay attention to your body!! – This is a big one for me. You can have all the motivation and energy in the world, but if your body is injured or near an injury, DON’T PUSH IT. It can be really frustrating, and even feel like you are being lazy or making excuses, but taking care of your body is more than just working out. It’s giving it the care it needs, when it needs it.
5. Know your reason/s – Is it appearance? Strength? Setting an example for your kids? Endurance? Whatever the reason, know it. Not only can knowing your reason affect your training (like don’t just run if your reason is strength) but it can provide that extra push when you are lacking energy
6. Mix things up! – Routine is great, but if you are finding yourself stuck or lacking motivation to the extreme, try something new. It’s amazing how much that can add to your motivation, even to your other, regular workouts. I just picked up bike riding again and it has given me so much extra drive! I’m loving longer rides and just pushing myself on something new! Now to figure out the next new one to try…
Where I’m at now
(While the following is true most weeks, this week I’m actually having to take a bit of a rest 🙁 My back has been having some issues again and I’m trying to take care of it so it doesn’t get any worse. But up until that, all of this is how I’ve been doing things lately!)
I’m really loving my current workout schedule! I’m hitting 5-6 days a week most weeks, which has been a struggle for me. I’m working out pretty soon after I get home most days and I have finally found a schedule that seems to be working for me! I’m doing my second round of BBG and mixing in bike riding at least a few days a week, plus occasionally yoga. I actually want to get more into yoga, but haven’t done so yet. Maybe that can be my fitness class that I put down in my goals for 2016?
The biggest change for me recently has been the decision to not worry about waking up early to work out. That has just made me feel miserable and guilty ever time I tried to do this in the past…guilty for not waking up early, then pushing to do a workout when I get home, but still heading to bed early so I could hopefully (but not) wake up early the next day. It was horrible…I ended up missing more workouts than I did and was stressed most of the time.
Now I decided to stop trying to get up early and instead have embraced my post-work workouts! It amazes me how much more energy and motivation I have now that I’m not feeling so stressed and guilty!
My progress from this time July 2015 to now:
While it may not be the progress I would have liked to have seen, one of the things that has become much more clear over this past year: I want to have a fitness-based lifestyle for as long as possible. I want my future kids to see me active, for me to be able to be active with them. Hell, I want to be active with my grandkids! (Now, that is a weird thought) I realize that I don’t have complete control over those things, but I want to do as much as I can.
That’s not my only reason though… I love how I’m starting to form friendships that are fitness based, even if they are only online right now. I do hope in the future to form some in-person relationships too! But for now, online is good. I even hope for my current relationships to be more active, and it’s starting to get there. Draz and I are now biking together sometimes, and I’m hoping to maybe do a bike ride with my parents at some point too.
No matter what, it’s an important part of my life now, one that fulfills me and brings me joy. And that’s not changing! 🙂 What activity fulfills you, brings you joy? Is it fitness or something else? I would love to hear your thoughts!