It's A Love Thing!
February stands for love. It’s National Heart Month. Some people celebrate Valentine’s Day. Love. And for the most part this month represents romantic love or love shown to others.
This year, I switched it up. I always show and celebrate the love I have for others. But this year I decided to love on myself during February. That’s where my struggle usually lies. I show and give so much love to others that I usual don’t have any energy left to properly love myself.
Now that February is over and done, I wanted to share some of the after effects of my month-plus of self-prioritizing.
Since I'm already on a weight loss journey, I decided that a great way to put myself first and continue down the healthy trail was to exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. So I promised myself just that.
And I kept my promise.
As a matter of fact, I have done at least 30 minutes of exercise every day - except one - since February 1. That means as of today, March 20, I have exercised for the last 47 days!
OH. MMMMMM. GEEEEEEEE!
This is a BIG deal. Making this commitment to myself has helped me grow and chance in numerous ways.
One of the biggest changes is that I have put myself at the top of my priority list in a major way. There’s a quote that says, “If it’s important to you, you’ll find a way. If it’s not, you’ll find an excuse.” I have made it a point to prepare for the day’s exercise the same way I plan for everything else I must do do for the day. Before leaving the house in the morning, I ensure that my gym bag is packed and ready to go. The last thing I wanted to do at the beginning was give myself an out to not get it in. Me not having properly prepared with clothes for the gym would have been just what I needed to back out of working out in the beginning. Now though, it’s just habit. There are no excuses and I’m always prepared.
It’s made me very proud to make a promise to myself and keep it. I very often make promises to other people and I have no problems following through on keeping my word. But it used to be a different story when it came to doing things for myself. Key words - used to be. This personal workout pact is one of a few ways I have made good on my word to myself lately. Who doesn’t feel good when they accomplish a goal they set for themselves?
Also, I’m doing more than just walking on the treadmill. I have been doing that for a while though - working with my trainer Sydni is always an adventure in new exercises. I have also been going to Ivy’s Zumba classes regularly for more than a year now. But with working out everyday addition to my regular fitness schedule, I have tried and come to love kickboxing! I have been taking kickboxing classes at Jab’s Gym twice weekly in addition to my other exercise. I’m enjoying it so much that I even bought my own pair of boxing gloves! I also find that I am more willing to venture out during my visits to Planet Fitness and use the free weights and machines with way more confidence. For a long time, if I went to the gym on my own I would simply use the machines I was comfortable with (the treadmill, bike, and occasionally the elliptical machine) and leave. Now I either watch other people use the machines, research the machine I want to use before my visit so I know what to do, or simply go on over and figure out what to do.
Another benefit from this self-love experiment is that I just feel good. I mean, really good. I have a lot more energy. But I’m not just talking about feeling good physically. Although I am usually a positive person, I have to say that really taking care of myself in this way has made me even MORE positive and optimistic. The people who see me regularly have even called me some names - chipper, glowy, spunky - it’s a beautiful thing.
Lastly - and without question - there have been some changes in my body. I’m feeling very strong. And I have discovered my “don’t mess with me” gene can pop on when needed. In my times of not feeling very confident, I think that gene was disabled. Maybe the kickboxing has something to do with that… Anyway, I took my last set of body measurements on January 14 and I just had my measurements taken again on March 16. From January until now, I have lost 13 inches from my arms to my calves - with the biggest lost being on my waistline. Thrilled is an understatement. And I am beyond motivated to keep the momentum going.
With as good as I’m feeling now, I can’t wait to see how much better it gets!