Two Mondays into this New Year and I’m sure by now most people have jump started their year to follow through on their resolutions. Gym memberships, weight loss pills, wraps, new sneakers, fit bits and apple watches have all been purchased enthusiastically with each person thinking, “This is going to be it, I’m finally going to follow through because I have a new way, or shiny gadget to help me.” And for them I hope it does work because just like there being a mate out there for everyone I believe there is an exercise routine out there for all of us.
Once you find what you love, what works for you, what sets your soul on fire- hold on to it. Make the commitment to stay. Don’t waste your life with excuses and could haves and should haves. I spent too much time on that myself. While I do believe we are taught lessons and go through things for a reason I am kicking myself now for not clearing more time before to practice yoga and feed my body with the good stuff (fruits, veggies, lean meats and of course my shakeology!)
While trying to conceive and being so stressed about appointments (I had at least 3 doc appointments a week between acupuncture, naturopaths, obgyns and the infertility specialist) I pushed the taking care of myself exercise portion out of the picture. I decided it wasn’t important enough to do. Of course I hid that under the guise of, “It doesn’t fit into my schedule.” But the truth of the matter was I made everything else important, I OBSESSED over things I had no control over and it got me pretty much no where. What I should’ve focused on was myself, my health and my husband. I grew angry, bitter and felt like the world owed me something (a child!). I can feel on my mat now that heartache slowly melting away. (I cannot believe I just wrote that! I would’ve read this a year ago and said whoever wrote that is some yoga weirdo earthy crunchy nut!). But it’s true and it is real.
During that whole time when I was dismissing my little voice of going to practice yoga I truly knew I was missing out but wasn’t compelled enough to actually drive to the studio that I’m lucky enough to have practically in my back yard. Excuses got the better of me. So my plea to you is to not let life’s curveballs keep you from taking care of yourself. The better care you take of yourself the better equipped you will be to handle the challenges life dumps on you. Once you’ve arrived at the practice, game, sport, gym, etc that speaks to you- make the commitment to stay committed. Make yourself a priority on your to do list and never take yourself off of it.
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