That deserves about 800 exclamation points but I will refrain. Just know that I am saying that with EXTRA enthusiasm today.
There is something that I want to address at the end of this post about working out unhealthily. I know that sounds weird, but you’ll understand more after I explain it.
First, I have some catching up to do!
We’re finally in the actual process of moving. Read-our living room is full of boxes, we bought an air mattress to live on next week and we have a U-haul booked this Sunday to begin moving all of our stuff down to our new house. I’m over the moon excited about our new house, the location and settling into a new place, but I am less than excited to actually move. I’m going to try to stay out of the way as much as possible and pray no one notices my absence. :)
My 40 days of yoga are officially over. I can always just drop in but I don’t plan to sign up for monthly classes for a few weeks since life is about to be ca-razy for me. I’m going to take full advantage of my last week of a free apartment gym instead!
Be prepared for daily workouts to return with a vengeance! I’ve been pinning many that I want to do over the next week and can’t wait to put my own spin on a couple!
So today I want to skip the daily play by play of my life (nothing out of the ordinary, unless you count this pretty amazing pistachio coconut popsicle that I got mid-day).
Last night when I was at yoga, I was behind a group of three girls. I couldn’t help but overhear their conversation and it actually made me sad to hear one of the girls say, “I’m not going to lie, 75-80% of the time I workout because there is food at the end.”
Now, I know a LOT of people say that they work out to burn off that piece of pizza they ate last night, or that giant ice cream sundae they had over the weekend. But when she went on to say that she only finished her 10 mile training run on Sunday because she wanted to eat a waffle for breakfast, I had to try really hard not to say anything. It makes me so sad to hear people workout simply because they want to burn off something they ate or are preparing to eat later. That’s how eating disorders begin and that’s how people stop enjoying life.
It took me a while when I was younger to realize that to workout hard and achieve the body that you want, you have to fuel yourself. You’re not getting toned abs and lean legs simply by eating lettuce. It’s just not going to happen. The food that you fuel yourself with builds the muscle that brings about the look. It’s just that simple. Your workouts aren’t going to be intense or successful unless you have enough fuel to workout, and workout HARD. If you still manage to look cute at the end of your workout, chances are nothing else is going to change on your body either.
The point is this: don’t use working out as an excuse to eat horribly. Don’t just head to the gym because you want to burn off food. Workout because it makes you feel stronger and better. Workout because it’s something you enjoy, something that gives you that hour of “you” time and teaches you to love yourself. Workout for any reason other than to remove something from your life or your waistline. For me, I know that I workout because I love to move and be active. I love the way I feel after a long run or a tough workout. I love the feeling of accomplishment after I finally reach a goal I set for myself. I workout because I love my body and want to treat it the best that I can.
Remember, exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. (Name that movie!)
On that note, I’m out of here to get started on our packing-filled weekend. See you tomorrow!
Question of the day: Why do you workout?