My alarm just went off so early this morning. I had a really hard time getting out of bed and not hitting snooze. I had a really hard time pushing play on my workout this morning. Motivation was difficult to find.
But, I did it. I sucked it up, found my motivation, remembered why I'm doing this, and got it done. Most importantly: I feel amazing for having done it!
Some days are easier then others, but the days you dig deep and get it done when it's the last thing you want to make time for, those are the days that it means the most. Those are the days you need it the most. Those are the days you feel the proudest of yourself.
UPDATE! I'm 2.5 wks into (post surgery mandated) NO workouts. So how has this impacted my body/mind?
💪🏻it became clear right away that exercise is as important for my mind as it is for my body . Crankiness and anxiety has crept in over the last 2 1/2 weeks more than I'd like. MEDITATION has been my savior on that front! For the first time, I even stole 15 min away from my fam in the middle of a Saturday afternoon to go quietly meditate because I had been feeling so cranky..it totally did the trick, it was like a reset button!
💃🏻as for my weight loss journey, I actually hit my 20 pound weight loss goal just before the surgery. My only goal for myself during this month long break from exercise was to try and maintain my weight. So far so good there. I've even lost a few lbs. I have continued to log my calories in Lose It! The only difference is I changed the setting from weight-loss mode to "maintain my current weight mode". There are fewer cals "out" these days since I can only walk. It's nice being "allowed" more cals in as I'm not having any trouble staying right at or under my calorie allotment for the day.
🍷 I don't know if it's just more time on my hands or what but I'm eating more carbs and sugar than I had been, so while my cal intake is good the quality of those cals has taken a little hit. my body fat is ⬆️and muscle mass is ⬇️. I'm really looking frwrd to working out again to start toning up. 💪🏻Lastly, I'll add I have a noticeable lack of energy relative to when I'm in the swing of an active lifestyle. Walking alone isn't quite doing it. Since feeling exhausted was a key motivator to start this journey in the first place, I'm particularly sensitive to my energy levels and hate when they're down. All in all, it's pretty much going exactly as I thought it would. And I'm counting down the last 10 days or so till I can be active once again! 🏃🏻♀️🏄🏻♀️🤸🏻♀️💃🏻 lastly, my general attitude toward health + wellness feels as fixed as ever and my 5:30am M-F morning routine has remained perfectly intact.
Yoga ✔️ Some mornings I wake up with 20467 thoughts...and today was one of them. I love that yoga helps me to pause, breathe deep and refocus. Finding an outlet for to release stress in a healthful way is important for over all health!