Showing Up Is Only the Beginning

August 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

I get it. When you first decide you need to do something about the sluggish, indulgent life you've been living, the idea of just showing up at the gym or for a workout feels daunting. So when we finally make it to that point, we celebrate. And that's good!! Those small victories (that feel really big) are important to celebrate!

But eventually, we need to move beyond showing up for a workout so we can continue to grow...not only in our fitness, but in our mind as well. When we remain focused on the victory of showing up, we will never grow beyond that. Eventually, we need to focus on more than just showing up. We need to focus on our workouts and how we're pushing ourselves.

Getting through a workout feels like a great accomplishment. But how well did you do that workout? Did you just go through the motions to get it done and over with? To say you got your workout in today? To check it off your list?

If you truly want to grow in strength and get beyond the celebration of showing up, you have to push yourself. You have to make every workout, every set, every rep count. 

I know everyone has varying goals--but consider this. Being fit and healthy is a lifestyle. It encompasses every other aspect of your life. Your eating habits. Your sleeping habits. Your spiritual life. Your moods and emotions. Your stress levels and the ability to make wise decisions. The list goes on and on. 

The degree to how well all of these areas function depends entirely upon our own effort AFTER we show up. Yes, showing up is a GREAT start. But it's just that...a start. After you've celebrated showing up a few times, it's time to focus on getting to work. 

Don't feel ashamed about taking care of yourself! No one can care for your body or mind as well as you can. It is not selfish -- it's necessary. Caring for my needs (and our bodies NEED to be cared for) helps me be a better mom, wife, and woman overall. It not only benefits me but everyone I'm in contact with.

So yes, celebrate showing up--but then push yourself past that and focus on the work that will grow you.

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Why I Fight for My Own Fitness

I have to fight for my own fitness because no one else will do it for me. Here is why I do...

As a mom to seven children, time is not necessarily on my side. Between homeschooling, working {from home}, church commitments, homemaking, extracurricular activities (I'm a Dance Mom) and building relationships, the truth is, my time is tight. 

So, why throw another thing to do into the mix? I mean, really, how in the world can I fit in another thing?

Because I'm a busy mom, it's easy to throw together the easiest things to eat or just skip meals altogether. Hard days gave me permission to eat ice cream. And so did the good days. As a result, my mood and fatigue levels were up and down constantly. So were my metabolism and weight.

There was a time I felt guilty for leaving the house to go to the gym. But my hip hop instructor said something that made me rethink my guilt. He said, "Why should you feel guilty? You're taking care of yourself." What a simple truth. I mean, when did it become OK and even normal for moms to feel guilty for taking care of ourselves? 

When I take care of myself, I take care of my family even better.

My energy levels are high and I'm able to get through the entire day without crashing. I don't have as many mood swings because my workouts give me the happy drug (endorphins). Who doesn't prefer a happy mama?! 

I fight for my own health and fitness because I am only given one body in this life and everything screams at me to neglect it.

My mental, emotional, and spiritual health is all tied into my physical health. If I am not taking care of my body, everything else falls apart. I cannot think clearly, I'm highly emotional, I'm too lazy to grow spiritually, and I'm constantly exhausted.

I can't live like that. I've been on both sides and the difference is drastic. For me, there is no such thing as "no time". I have to make time and when I work out consistently, I'm actually more efficient in other areas of my life, like my work. I have the mental clarity to work more quickly. 

November 25, 2017

November 25, 2017

The last two years I have fought on and off to be consistent in the gym. I have not been perfect, but I keep fighting. When I allow the excuses to creep in, I find I regret it horribly later. When all my gains from 3 months of work are lost in 3 weeks of excuses on why I can't get to the gym, starting again is even harder. It's not worth it to give in to the excuses!

I've never regretted going to the gym...but I always regret skipping it. 

Today, my children are some of my biggest cheerleaders. They are watching me and learning from me. I want them to grow up taking care of themselves and fighting for their health. Because in today's culture, with all the technology shortcuts and bad food everywhere, it is indeed a battle. We have to learn to say no so much more than we say yes. It is not easy to be disciplined in a world where poor food choices are everywhere we turn. 

If you're interested in lifting weights, which is my jam, I recommend Disclosure: This is not a Christian organization, however, the programs are amazing. I watched a video Jessie shot a couple years ago giving 6 reasons women should lift, and that's what inspired me to start lifting. The article/video has been re-shared here. And after watching it again today, I can wholeheartedly say I agree with all of them! 

Whether we want to admit it or not, we feel better about ourselves when we look better, too. I do not believe it's vain to want to look your best. It only becomes a problem when you obsess over it. Having a nice physique is more of a side effect...but a nice one! The goal is to feel good first.

Fitness isn't a season hobby. Fitness is a lifestyle.

I hate running. I've tried doing it so many times. My knees don't like it either. I don't love too much cardio. I get bored too easily. But Jessie's programs keep things fresh and challenging. I, personally, joined her membership site and follow those workouts. 

But if you do love cardio, there are endless options. There's Daily Burn which is super convenient for busy moms.  I just ordered some Shazzy Fitness DVD's because I love hip-hop and if I ever want to do a little dancing, I can get a good workout in, too! You can also join a local Zumba class. I go to one every Tuesday at the dance studio my girls and I go to. 

The point is, be consistent, keep moving, and make it fun! I honestly never saw myself doing Zumba, but a dance mom friend wanted to do it and I offered to do it with her and I'm so glad I did! It's a lot of fun! 

I encourage you mama, take care of yourself. Make your health and fitness a priority because it effects every other area of your life. 

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For His Glory,