You guys... I have a confession to make... I haven't seen my personal trainer in TWO WEEKS.... and it's making me miserable!! (Don't tell Mr. Trainer guy that though, I can't let him know I need him.) I never thought I'd be someone who said she craved to be in the gym, but here I am.
I am away from home this week for work and no matter how long or short the trip, it is really easy to find yourself thinking “I’m not at home so I can eat this… drink this… don’t really have to work out, etc.” Well, let me tell you that kind of thinking catches up with you pretty quickly. I'm doing my best to stay active and make healthy choices while away, but, in all seriousness I cannot wait to get back home and to my gym to see my trainer. This fancy hotel gym.... it's got nothing on him. You see, back home I have a trainer I trust & respect... he has methods I (sometimes) understand, and it’s good to be coached in the right direction. Even better when I get a “good job” from him, I will take it. Being honest about where I’m at with my fitness and letting someone else lead the way is not something that comes easily, but it's nothing to be ashamed of. Five months ago, I was excited to get started and now instead of focusing on what I can’t do that I once could, I’m focusing on my will to improve.
Ok, so you might not be able to stick to your normal fitness routine when travelling – but you can totally turn this into a positive. Changing your routine up from time to time gives your body the chance to use different muscles and learn new skills, so shake up your workouts and try new things! We'll get back to routine soon enough. Fitness used to not be a priority to me, but now it is. Food used to be something I just ate mindlessly/emotionally, but now it is something I consciously consume to fuel my body. At the end of the day, remember that being healthy isn’t a fad or a short-term hobby, it’s a lifestyle choice and a continuum.
Thanks to the work I put in with that trainer guy, I feel great that together, we have built a strong foundation to move toward the things I have always aspired to do and couldn’t do alone. I'm on my way to be able to do the things in the gym I have watched others do, obsessed over in videos, or never got to the first time around. I’m chasing that kind of athleticism again, and this time with a great trainer by my side. Who knows, maybe I’ll even do a pull up?
It’s immeasurably great to feel healthier. To get stronger. To be able to do things you once weren’t able to. It can be really fun to watch your body change, but (even though those things can be pretty great) one of my favorite side effects of fitness is how much you can learn about yourself, even if by accident.....
As this transformation is occurring I started to challenge notions I've had about myself. I’m still a work in progress, and I believe everyone is. But I can now see the start of progress. The weight I've been carrying for so many years has held me back in so many ways, and letting it go has allowed me to get closer to the person I was meant to be.
Here’s to being honest about where you’re at.
And here’s to accepting what is, so you can move toward what could be.
Believe yourself to be worthy of good things.
Dream Big. Work Hard.