Fit Friday: The struggle is real...
Staying on a healthy path, a fit-focused path, is not always easy. My relationship with fitness and food is ever-evolving and sometimes a little turbulent, but it's something I work on every single day. The blog is a place I feel I can be honest with you, whoever you are (hi!), because if you only looked at my instagram photos and assumed you knew all there was to know, you'd be wrong. What am I getting at? Even with great opportunities to get my fitness on, even with cute workout clothes, and even with amazing girlfriends who also love sweating it out... it can still be hard. And that's OK.
It is ok, not to be ok.
I'd be lying if I said this was an easy week of fitness, I almost bailed on everything, every single day. Sometimes you just want to head home, put on XL sweat pants, throw your hair in a top knot and binge watch Game of Thrones. Thankfully the combination of my closest friends also being fitness freaks, the undeniable FOMO I'd experience, and knowing how important physical activity is for my mental state and perception of body image, I laced up and worked out. Without all of those factors helping me stay on track, I would have sat on the couch all week and my exercise would have been limited to walking to and from the fridge for more yummy snacks...
With that said, I believe it's important to listen to your gut and honour what you're craving. Wednesday evening I did just that and crushed multiple episodes of Game of Thrones with an obnoxious plate of nachos for 1 and enjoyed every minute of it. All work and no play ain't no fun.
Last weekend when my other half came to visit we were chatting about how we need to find the time and allow ourselves to celebrate the "little wins". This week I struggled with energy, quality of sleep, cravings, and body image but I didn't let it consume me, instead I begrudgingly forced myself to attend a power yoga class and two sessions of H.I.I.T. and at the end of the day, made me feel 10x better. That is worth celebrating.
It's much easier to put ourselves down than it is to pat ourselves on the back - let's change that and take a baby step in the right direction by celebrating the "little wins".
Struggling to hit the gym?
When I'm having a rough time, music is my go-to coping mechanism. Below is a playlist featuring Kygo that will make you feel like you're on a a beach somewhere, soaking up the sun and listening to the waves roll in. I love to listen to him when I'm walking to a workout and it helps me get in a happier more mellow frame of mind.