”Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, THAT IS STRENGTH.”Arnold schwarzenegger
This week though. In combination with a busy work schedule, being on my own with my daughter and not sleeping well at night, I’ve been dragging my ass. Normally a hectic schedule doesn’t concern me much, I’ve always been a go, go, go type of person, but when it comes to my sleep… 8 hrs is non-negotiable. Except when it isn’t and I have to try to function off of less because there are no other options. My works still needed to get finished, my side hustle still needed my focus, my daughter still needed my time (if not more time than normal!).
To say that I’ve been struggling a little is an understatement at this point. I did however, remain consistent with my program even when it was tough. Every single person regardless of fitness level, energy level etc, will have good days and bad days. What I know about myself is that good days are only had on my end when I keep to a routine, stay committed and put in some self care. Fitness is my self care. Well, that reading, podcasts and wine… I really enjoy wine!!
What I’m saying is that struggle is necessary because without it, you never give yourself the push you need to see the benefits in the tough times. This is when I grow stronger, more focused, more capable. And when I got into my gym this morning even after the drained week I’ve had, I felt a renewed sense of energy and determination to keep going. It was amazing!!
It’s so similar to when I used to train for half marathons. On the days I felt at my worst and like there was no way I could get in a run, those were the days I had the best runs. The days that made running feel euphoric and I never wanted to stop. Wierd how that works!! What’s the longest you’ve ever maintained a new routine? Could you give yourself 100 days of doing something consistently??
When you have rougher than usual weeks, why is it that your nutrition is the first thing to suffer?? All I wanted this week was processed crap… Crackers, cheese, sausage, baked goodies and whatever else I could get my hands on. The mindfullness factor was definitely challenged, but I think my cravings and rough week only won out once to twice, so it could have been way worse! Before this program, it would have been multiple times throughout the week or day.
It’s amazing that when you start treating you body like a temple, you want to continue to treat it better and better. It’s hard to believe how fast the last 3 months has gone by! What will you do to wrap off the remainder of 2019?! ❤