I'm going to start off this post with a question:
Do you ever get on your own nerves?
That pretty much sums up September for me. I entered August with a bang, and attacked each day with enthusiasm. Then September showed up, and my enthusiasm waned.... until I hit what I considered to be rock bottom. Looking back at September, I was suffering from some pretty serious burnout. The more I tried to make myself go, go, go, the more I didn't want to.
So I backslid. Hard. So much so that I didn't even want to write about September because I was disappointed in myself. Plus, I didn't want to dedicate an entire blog post to sharing all of the cool things I had discovered, while being dishonest with you all (and myself) about the work that I was actually putting in (or lack thereof).
There were some good workouts done in September, along with a few decent meals. But overwhelmingly, I felt myself slipping back into those bad habits that stall progress. You know which ones I'm talking about -- Chocolate. Eating late. French fries. Hooters wings. Not going to the gym. I'm not going to be embarrassed or feel bad, because I believe in owning my truth. I messed up in September ya'll, and there's no way around it. There's also no way to go back in time and get what was lost. My only resolution is to move on!
That's where October comes in. I spent some time assessing why September was so horrible for me, and I came to the realization that I was trying to do absolutely too darn much while being under a lot of stress. Working out every day is is taxing in and of itself, and when mixed in with trying to balance work (and the commute from hell) alongside all my other interests and obligations, I got overwhelmed.
Throughout October, I spent more time being intentional about reducing stress. While there were some things I couldn't control (hello, 405 during rush hour), I realized there were things I could control. I could control how I reacted to stressful situations. I could control what I ate. I could control how much time I spent with God. I could control the intensity of my workouts. I could control being more mindful and present in my relationships. I could control my perspective.
Little by little, the pieces began to fall into place, and I found myself reaching a happy place within #EveryDayFitness, and remembering why I issued the challenge to myself to begin with. #EveryDayFitness isn't a race to be an Instagram fitness model. #EveryDayFitness isn't about putting myself on a pedestal and preaching to everyone. #EveryDayFitness is about being a better version of myself in every way imagineable.
I won't make this a long and drawn out post, but I wanted to let you all know that as November picks up steam, I've recalibrated, refreshed, and renewed. I'm making some changes for the better, and I'm stepping my game up across the board. I can't be satisfied with my own status quo.
Not much to see (except my arms are looking a little better), so I'll drop this here "progress pic" because I'm about that accountability life:
I've got tons more #EveryDayFitness stuff to share -- recipes I'm working on, healthy food swaps, and even some AMAZING psoriasis progress. Stay tuned for that plus more in the coming weeks!!! Oh, and I'm about to get back to more consistent blogging too! More tea on that later :) Til next time, catch me on Instagram @maneobjective! XOXO
Check out my previous #EveryDayFitness posts and updates here: #EveryDayFitness
Have you ever started a fitness journey and fallen off the wagon? What was the kick that jumpstarted you back on track? Share with me in the comments below -- right past the "You Might Also Like" section!
I'm going to start off this post with a question: Do you ever get on your own nerves? That pretty much sums up September for me. ...