Wow, these last few days in Texas have been a mixture of emotions. From welcoming the cold and the snow fall, to making the best of a stressful situation. The power outages in freezing temperatures to the lack of water etc. It has been challenging to say the least.
We were not ready for the immense cold and what came with it. Now that we have passed the worst my body is craving a lot more movement. My movement flows the rest of this week and maybe into next week will be more in-tune with the season we are in currently. For me personally this means, listening more to what my body is craving, and this my friends means slower, more fluid and deliberate movements.
I have said this many times, you don’t have to work out for an hour, somedays twenty minutes even ten minutes is enough. Listening to the body also means taking a nap if I or you need it. It’s all about balance and leaning in.
This my friends is self-care. It is exactly what I need in my body at this time.
I was asked this question recently : Do you have any advice for anyone who struggles to stay motivated?
Well, to start off I completely understand this, I too have my days as well. But I find what helps me is to schedule my own workouts by adding them to my appointment book. Its easy to allow other things to get in the way, but this is a form of self-care and I am (you are ) worth the time.
Hire a trainer/coach, knowing someone not only carved out the time for you in their day but the trainer is waiting to see at that time.
Another strategy is reminding myself how great I will feel after. Showing up for yourself will allow you to show up for others.
Let me know in the comments the strategies you use to stay motivated.
The freedom and ability to move is a celebration, this should never be taken for granted.
Move in a way that feeds you, it makes you feel alive and energized. Take the plunge and try something new, mix it up. Never tell yourself you can’t because in reality you can, you just have to trust yourself.
Our bodies are truly amazing, definitely a gift that should be treasured. Don’t you agree?
So why do we feel the need to ignore/push through pain and discomfort in our workout routines? Or feel like we have not had a good workout unless we feel dead after? Don’t get me wrong I enjoy a challenging workout but not every single time I workout. Glorification of pain and discomfort is not to be celebrated.
Take care of your bodies, nourish it, hydrate it, rest it. Move freely and pain free.
We have at some time or another “chased” perfect. I know I have.
Everything has to be perfect. The perfect workout plan, the perfect diet, the perfect, you name it. Why do we put so much pressure on ourselves?
Life has so many curve balls, you can have the “perfect” plan and then guess what, curve ball.
Constantly, focusing on the unattainable is not only exhausting but in the long run makes one stagnant and pushes progress and inner peace further and further away.
This year has definitely shown us how unpredictable life is. How quickly things change.
The key is learning how to pivot and face challenges that come our way. I am not saying having a plan or a guide is bad but balance and flexibility is needed. Maybe in your plan have an anti-plan, the what if, just in case plan.
Remember, perfect is what we have in our minds.
I like this popular quote, not sure who the author is,
” When you can’t control whats happening, challenge yourself to control the way you respond to what’s happening. That’s where your power is”.
I don’t typically share too much personal stuff online but I wanted to share this. This morning I woke up feeling off, just not myself. Not sure if it was anxiety, frustration or overwhelm or a combination of all three. At this point I decided to sit, relax and breathe. I allowed myself to feel all the feels.
I made myself a nice breakfast, I ate slowly and acknowledged all my senses. I gave myself some grace and about 2 hours later I moved my body in a restorative way. No crazy exercises just a gentle Pilates flow and it helped a lot.
There have been many studies showing that movement helps to improve moods. That saying movement heals definitely helped me today.
How has movement helped you?
I will share the flow in a few days on my You Tube channel so you will have it for when you are having one of those days.
They say how you start your day will determine the rest of your day. If you have the habit of immediately scrolling through social media or checking emails upon waking, try waiting 5 or 10 minutes before doing this. Use this time to take some deep breaths and perhaps mentally planning your day.
Here are a few things I do : 1. Hydrate with a tall glass water with lemons 2. I try to get at least 10 minutes of sunshine 3. A quick movement session, for example a mobility/ stretching session
or a 15-30 minute Pilates session.
4. Being gracious, acknowledging and appreciating what is going right and 5. Coffee 🙂 .
I keep working at it, some days I am able to do them all sometimes I am not, but I keep trying.
I do what I can. What are some of your morning rituals?
I always give modifications in my sessions with clients. There is no shame if you have to modify exercises/ movement. We have been conditioned to believe that if we don’t go hard in every session we won’t get the results that we want.
I am here to tell you that modifying an exercise and using a variation that works for you and your body at that moment will actually get you to your results faster. The reason for this is because a. you will be using proper form and technique and b. you are not breaking your body down. Yay, for taking care of our bodies!
The “plus” of this is a. your workouts will be more enjoyable and b. you will get the results you want in a safe way.
Modifying exercises is not, I repeat, is not taking the easy way out. You are trusting and listening to your body. YOU are taking care of YOU.
Whats holding you back? Is it doubt, fear, criticism? Sit with your thoughts/ feelings, figure it out . Grab a notebook and write, use this period for self discovery. Ask yourself the tough questions, re-discover yourself. Once you have accomplished this, release all the negativity, fear etc , let it go.
Believe in yourself , know you can accomplish anything you put your heart into. Yes, it will take hard work and planning and maybe some research depending on the circumstance, but just know you can do it. Yes, you can do it!
I don’t know who needs to hear this right now but I am hoping it resonates with you.