I never did thank you for all of the comments on last Thursday’s post. I truly mean it when I say they all made me smile, and I’ll be writing back to all of them today. I wrote that post because I felt like I was hiding something from you. I can talk about “love your body” this and “your body doesn’t define you” that all I want, and it’s true – your body really won’t define you. But it can do a hell of a lot to your spirit if you’re not in a good place with it.
Like I said in the post, I really am happy with myself. It took me a while to get there, and even if my abs won’t ever be flat, I love what this body can do (even if my knee is still letting me down). That said, we all go through phases when we feel kind of “blah.” Which brings me to this conclusion: I need to find my fitness groove and steal it back (I feel like Nick Cage when I say that).
If I’m going to be honest again, I’ll tell you that I haven’t been hitting the gym as much for the last six weeks. There’s no real reason other than I’ve been lazy and super busy. Late nights that I didn’t used to partake in on weekdays (mostly for school-related things) don’t allow for me to wake up earlier than 8 am to really feel rested. That’s just the way it is.
Yet, even with that sleep, I’ve been feeling sluggish and just kind of “blah.” I do yoga pretty consistently, and the same goes for Pilates. I’ve lacking in the cardio department, and I haven’t been lifting weights. I do miss it. My body misses it. Ohhhh, does my body miss it. It’s basically begging me to do some tabata workouts. The other day, I did a modified version of this kettlebell workout. My body was screaming in the best way afterward, and that’s when I knew I needed to get back to the gym like I used to.
I wrote this post because I hadn’t touched on my fitness in a long time. I think my disenchantment does stem from real frustration with my lack of running. I still haven’t found a routine that keeps me as satisfied and balanced as running does. On that note, here’s a little update: if I run for more than ten minutes straight, I get terrible knee pain; if I run/walk intervals, my knee is fine. It makes no sense, and when I get back from break, I’m going to make an appointment with a sports medicine doctor because rest clearly isn’t the only answer for that injury.
So with that, I’m telling you now that I want to do The Fitnessista’s Winter Shape-Up. Keep me accountable! I know I’m not doing it on time or whatever because it’s technically over now, but it looks effective but still low-impact enough for my knee. It includes weights and cardio. It encourages yoga and Pilates! I’m excited to start this new routine and to find my fitness groove again. Because we all know that endorphins make you happy. I need a little happy.
PS: Did you watch the Oscars? Red carpet? Did you see JLaw fall? She is perfect. I wish Amy Adams had won. Kerry Washington is really cool, and I loved her dress the most. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudekis are the cutest couple. Okay that’s my Oscars stream of consciousness.
PPS: Please keep my Pap-Pap in your thoughts this week.
Questions of the Day:
>>Have you tried the Winter Shape-Up before?
>>How do you deal with fitness slumps? Do you have fitness slumps?