As a woman whose past the college years of running on 4 hours of sleep and extra caffeine there comes a point where we must embrace ourselves. This photo is full of love, loving my surroundings, loving my body and loving life. As a mom whose given birth your body goes on the back burner until one day you wake up and say no more.
Most people who see me comment on my arms because that’s what is visible and say how great they look, to which I usually respond thank you so so much! First because I’m a little embarrassed and then second because I don’t know what to say to follow up on that. When we get into conversation and they find out I wake up at 4:45am during the week to hit the gym their jaws usually drop. To which most everyone responds “wow, I wish I could get out of bed that early” or “man I could never do that I need sleep”. Well I’m here to tell you it only takes one baby step….. get ready for it.
An accountability partner. Yep that’s it, not an app to track your calories, not a new diet to cut out this or that, and not 7 days a week worth of endless cardio. Everything that we do every single day is because someone is counting on us. Your kids count on your to feed them. Your job is counting on your to show up and give it all you got to move the business. Your partner is counting on your to bring home the dough so the mortgage gets paid. Your dog is counting on your to open the door so he can pee. Even your own momma is counting on you to call her regularly.
Why do we put off fitness like it’s not counting on us and we aren’t counting on it? Because fitness isn’t a human it’s a state of mind. It’s your buddy that gets up at the crack of dawn to meet you. It’s the lady at the front desk of the gym who knows your name. It’s the coach at the boxing club that asks where have you been. It’s your girlfriend who says screw the scale you look hot. It’s your hubby who whistles at you in the bathroom.
The other thing that this photo doesn’t show is the love that you have for specific things. I love my kiddos more than my own flesh and here I am searching for fossils for them, I took an adult only canoe trip and while everyone was enjoying time laughing and fishing I was thinking about my kiddos. The other thing is disconnecting. I didn’t have a cell phone and wasn’t scrolling through Instagram on my canoe but I was enjoying my surroundings. I was with nature taking in all the beauty that God has created and letting the sun shine on my face and the wind in my hair.
So to wrap that up in a nutshell, find someone… anyone. Via text, face to face, meet up and stay accountable. This photo below shows my new favorite workout, Title Boxing. And how fun with all those ladies.