Took myself off the list

So, I just wrote this blog the other day about why I do this. Friend, it was just as much for me as it was for you. I have felt very off lately. I know what I need to do. We all do, but I have been a certified trainer for over 8 years. Knowing and doing are not always the same, right?

That is rough to admit as a trainer. I hope that doesn't let you down, but I just have to be honest. I am so very human. None of my instructors or myself are perfect. We are real moms who are passionate about motherhood and life. I am usually totally on it, but this last 6 months I had filled my plate so full that I made taking care of myself a low priority. Stress and busyness took over....

I NEED to exercise and eat well to be the best version of me. I just know that about myself. It has little to do with my size and weight (although I tend to get a little softer in the middle) and everything to do with my mental health. I feel so great when I am eating whole foods and challenging my body. I K NOW this! So, what on earth!?!

It typically goes a little something like this:

- "I have to do this, this, this and this. I should probably sleep in so I can do it all." (totally opposite thinking from my actual reality)

- After I skip a workout I am much more likely to eat poorly. Any "all or nothing" personalities out there? Such backwards thinking, but it happens.

- The mental struggle begins. I spend a ton of time in my head regretting that I skipped my workout and made a less than best choice for food. We can be hard on ourselves. That becomes an ugly cycle.

I finally hit the wall again realizing that something had to change. I was always feeling tired and grumpy because there was this constant internal dialogue going on. Why are we so stinking hard on ourselves?

Here is the thing- at this phase of my life I am looking for the peace that comes from caring for myself. I imagine all the time I have wasted in the last few months going through the above cycle. What could I have done with all that extra brain space and time?

So, I took a few things off of my plate. It wasn't easy, but I knew it was necessary. I am back at it. Throughout the next few blog posts I will share what works for me and give you some tips on what might work for you to get back (or start) on course.

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