Yes yes I know, another Friday Favorites posted on a Saturday. To be honest I’m not sure where the week went. I thought I had another day to put this post together, but turns out my days were mixed up. Better late than never right? By the way, huge thanks to everyone who shared and read Monday’s post about life as a police wife. I had no idea how much of a response I would get with that post, but I am thankful I wrote it and I hope it helps others.
Onto this week’s Friday Favorite! My gym buddy and I have been using this workout plan I found on Pinterest for the last two weeks. Let me say…I have been sore. That’s a good thing! A lot of times in the gym I can’t focus long enough to have a “plan” so having this picture saved in my phone is a start. I can tackle these items and add or take away as needed. Having a plan means I get more out of my workout. There are SO many options out there for fitness plans. Find a few you like and get to it!
Skipping Favorite Pin Friday today. Honestly, I haven’t seen much on Pinterest lately that grabs my attention. Today I want to talk about the gym. If you follow me on snapchat (@r8d6g) then you know I go almost every week day. I try to make Friday a rest day, but that is not always the case. Of course there are a ton of benefits to working out like feeling great, sleeping better, increasing strength and endurance, being healthy, stress relief, etc. I go for all those reasons and more.
The gym has become habit. If I skip a day everything feels off. Do I cheat on eating healthy and slack off at the gym? Absolutely, but I’m making a lifestyle change. At 25 I realized my super speedy metabolism was slowing down and in order to stay thin I needed to change. Now it is about challenging myself; heavier weights, longer distances, different types of fitness classes
People ask how I can possibly enjoy working out. Kind of like how I question runners how they enjoy running (I will never understand that one :P). I’ll tell you, it wasn’t fun at first. Getting out of bed, dragging myself to the gym…that was hard, but the minute I was there I thanked myself for it. If you are new to working out don’t expect to run 5 miles in your first week. Continue to go and push yourself. The only person giving up when things get hard is you. Challenge yourself to 10 more minutes of cardio, 5 more reps, extra push ups/crunches/squats. You will thank yourself later I promise.
Fitness isn’t a “kinda sorta” thing. If you want to look and feel good you have to be dedicated. This “I’ll go next week” or “dessert won’t kill me” does not keep you focused. Again, I am not perfect (and we all know my love for dessert), but I try to make better choices when it comes to food. On the days I’m not feeling the gym I still go. Might not push myself as hard, but at least I am there.
Make it a Lifestyle Change
Read these words of advice again…I’ll wait here while you process that for a moment…Got it now? A diet is only temporary! Lost 30 pounds on a diet? That’s awesome! Stop the diet and what happens? Oh it came back? Hmmm because it wasn’t a lifestyle change.
Do it, you’ll be proud of yourself. Until next post…xoxo Becca