I feel like I go through the same struggle each year – between the holiday season and the cold winter months here in Ohio, wintertime is a tough time for me to stay on my fitness game. While I did not fall off the wagon as severely this year, my routine got disrupted on more than one occasion, and I have not been my consistent-workout-self since the start of 2015. You may have even noticed the change, as my blog posts as of recent have not been too fitness-oriented. To put it bluntly, I’m simply not going to blog about things that aren’t currently happening in my life – I refuse to be fake and put on a front. I’m wouldn’t be being completely honest with you – or myself.
Thankfully, I did manage to workout (most weeks) at least 3 days a week these past few months. A far cry from my standard 5-7 days a week, but at least I was still able to keep my body in somewhat of a strong position. I have built a nice little layer of fat on top of my muscle, but hey – at least I know my muscle is still in there. Somewhere. Buried deep.
It’s not a terrible place to start.
However, with our wedding less than six months away (!!!) – the time to get back on the ball is NOW.
I was excited this week to start getting back into my routine. While I am not following a specific program calendar per se, I am each day selecting a workout from my amazing library of DVDs, and just trying to keep my body guessing. The workouts I have completed so far this week are Brazil Butt Lift – Cardio Axe, PiYo – Sculpt, PiYo – Sweat, and TurboFire – Fire 30. I have been focusing more so on cardio this week, with strength training thrown in between with PiYo. I want to ease my body back in a bit before pushing my limits with the strength training, and I will be implementing ChaLEAN Extreme classes in the next week.
I’m so excited to be “sweating for the wedding”, however, I must also disclaim that my fitness goals are not only wedding-related. I want to be in the best shape of my life, every year, for the rest of my life. Each and every year I hope to improve my strength, flexibility, and my overall body. It’s not going to stop for the wedding, or after my honeymoon, this is a promise I’m making to myself – to love MYSELF, for the rest of my life. It’s kind of a beautiful thing, actually.
And I realize I will have ups and downs, as I have had this year. That will never change – I won’t be in “perfect” shape every single day for the rest of my life. I intend to splurge, and enjoy myself, when the time is right. However, at the same time, I promise to love myself enough to understand the food I am putting in my body, and the physical needs I must keep up with. It’s not only for the sake of my body and fitting into the right clothes – I notice a huge change in my mentality when I’m consistently exercising. It’s a natural high that I truly thrive off of – even if at times I forget it.