Forgive me while I repeat the fact that exercise for fitness sake, instead of for sports sake, does not come naturally to me. In college my best friend would work out everyday religiously and walk to class while I leaned towards taking the bus and meeting her at the dining hall after her workout. And I wonder why I was 20 pounds overweight.
However, as health became more important to me after college, I begin to add fitness into my routine. As a new grad in Atlanta, I’d walk to work, walk home, change and head the my apartment gym. After 30 minutes on the dreadmill, I’d walk back upstairs to cook myself chicken and spinach.
It was more simple then. I won’t say easy because I still had to discipline myself, but being that I was a single lady, all my time was, well, mine.
Fast forward to today. Health and fitness are more important to me now than ever because now I know how darn good it feels to be fit. It’s important for my physical and mental health to eat real food and move.
However, all my time isn’t all mine anymore. As a wife, I have responsibilities in the household. As a mom, I have sweet Hailey and an energetic pup that depend on me. Then, there’s work responsibilities, too.
It would be easier for me to say I’m too busy. There are weeks when I do say that. However, those weeks I find myself feeling lousy. So instead, I reorganize my day and make fitting in fitness a priority.
Rule 76. No excuses; play like a champion.
Right now it means that I wog first thing in the morning before the day has a chance to take away my workout opportunity. Right now it works for me to take my exercise buddies and cover 3-4 miles before nap time.
Right now this works. I know nap times and weather will eventually change, and I’ll adjust. I’ll make it happen because it’s important to me. And let me tell you that a morning dose of endorphins trumps coffee any day!
No one ever said it would be easy, but I can vouch that it’s worth it. I’m worth it. You’re worth it.