Do you ever have those days where you just don’t feel like going to the gym? Or that every workout you finished felt bleh? That was me basically the entire month of July. I don’t know why or what was going on with me but it was an odd month. Now that August is here, I am feeling less in a funk and ready to take on a new month! Reflecting back on how I felt in July, I’ve come up with a few things I like to remind myself when it comes to self-love and my fitness journey.
Fitness is a lifestyle and not a diet. I don’t solely do it just to lose weight and look good on the outside. You can become the most physically in shape to the outside world, but your mind can tell you otherwise and make you think you still haven’t achieved that perfect body. This is why it is so important to not only love yourself physically but also mentally. When fitness becomes a part of your daily life, you will have your ups and downs just like everything else in your life. I don’t beat myself up when my mind and body aren’t feeling up to going to the gym. Yes, I feel disappointed but I learn to quickly move on and to love myself despite the setbacks. I know that tomorrow is a new day for me to come back stronger. I know that I need to be patient and realize there is no need to rush because it’s more important to love who I am while striving to become even better.
Being kind to myself is one of the hardest things I had to learn and am still continuing to become better at in fitness and every other part of my life. I used to be so hard on myself when I missed a few days at the gym that I would pretty much kill my own confidence. This then caused me to give up entirely. I used to think that missing a few days was bad or shameful because it seemed like I was lazy or had no discipline. Now I know that it is OKAY to get in a funk and it is OKAY if I miss a few days because in order to come back stronger, I have to be forgiving. Even if it takes me longer to get to where I want to be, that is okay. I believe that I will eventually get there and then who knows, maybe I’ll find a new goal to go after.
I’m kind of glad that July flew by and I no longer feel stuck in bleh. There’s something about a new month that makes me feel like I can start fresh again. I feel more determined to get at my fitness goals. Here’s to a new and better month!