Encouragement

Good morning and happy Monday! I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend. Here we had beautiful weather…finally. But it is going to bottom out again by next week, so I will try not to get my hopes up. Spring is coming…eventually. I have to keep telling myself that.

Anyway, on this Monday morning I am unsuccessful once again in trying to get my work out in before I head off to work. I have been trying for about a month now, to get up bright and early and head out to a 5am class. Did you know that there was such an ungodly hour that exists? So far it is mere myth to me, but some people out there swear it is a real phenomenon.

I am not an early riser. I am a morning person, I have a great attitude, but I do not enjoy waking up before the birds do. So every Monday morning I snooze through my alarm that I set (in hopes of actually getting out of my comfy cozy bed) to go off and start my day with a hard-earned sweat.

Since we all know this will never happen, I am happy just to get my stuff together so I can hit it after work. I find going to get my work out in after a long stressful day, really has some benefits. One of those benefits is that it releases a lot of stress from day-to-day life. We all have bad days, some more than others, but getting my work out in at the end of the day has some weird euphoric magical power that puts me in a better mood instantly. Cue the “exercise gives you endorphines….happy people don’t just kill their husbands” Legally Blonde reference. It is true though, I can literally feel the stress leaving my body in every bead of sweat that pours out of me. It is cathartic.

That being said, the days where I am having a hard time with the fertility stuff, those are the days I really look forward to sweating it out. I am not ashamed to say that on more than one occasion I have teared up during a work out. Not because it hurts or I am sore, but because I known I am pushing myself to keep going. I am pushing myself to not give up hope, and pushing myself to stay positive.

On this Monday morning I am looking forward to getting to my Boot Camp Beginings class at the end of my day. I have all my clothes packed and ready to go when the clock hits 5pm. I have my Protein Power shake with me. We bought the strawberry flavor this last time and it is amazing! So yummy.  I am looking forward to the end of my day today.

I never thought I would be one of those people. You know the ones. The dieting and exercising, protein drinking, sweaty, living in spandex….people. But here I am! I am thankful that my husband and I started making some real changes in our lives, and that most of those changes involve diet and exercise. We have really come a long way in the last two years. There was a time we would laugh at the people we saw on Saturday mornings with their bikes attached to their car. How ridiculous does a bike rack look? We have one. We have bikes. We take them everywhere. We are now those people.

 

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This is the helmet I thought would be appropriate to wear when we got our bikes. My husband disagreed.

We have also been toying with the idea of becoming kayak people. But we haven’t figured out all the details with that. If there are any changes and we do get them, you will be informed.

I now look forward to things I thought I would hate. I enjoy getting sweaty from either going to my classes,or just doing our outdoor adventures. I look forward to having to buy new weights because the ones I have are too light now. I look forward to being able to push through a whole song without having to stop to take a breath, or go on a ride without having to stop every 10 minutes because my legs are burning and feel like jello.

I know I have a lot of people in my life encouraging me to keep going. So I want to pass some of that encouragement on to you, whoever needs it. I want to try to inspire you to make the changes you have been putting off for a rainy day. I want to inspire you to try something new. I want to encourage you to take those first steps. I want you to conquer your fears. I want you to know that you are not alone. We all have to start somewhere, and I want to encourage you to start now and not look back. I am happy that I did, and I promise you will be too.

I want to start my day with some encouragement! Because I already know how my day will end. I know that I will be looking for some encouragement of my own when I am fighting the urge to quit, and make myself push through. It will be worth it and I know there are people who will help keep me focused and stay positive about everything. For that I am truly thankful.

But after I am done tonight, I might need some extra encouragement…just to help me fight the urge to throw up in the parking lot after class!

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