Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Motivation Drain

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Going to the gym and eating healthy is (in my opinion) only easy if you're already in the swing of things and have been in a healthy mindset for a while. Going to the gym and eating healthy is not easy when you've been on an extended vacation and really enjoy a glass of wine with your mom on the front porch.

I just got my gym membership back (24 Hour Fitness, anyone?) and have been trying to get in a routine, which is tough when I am absolutely wiped out every evening from twelve-hour days of nannying. I've also had a hard time developing my relationship with food and exercise lately - my brain tells me to feel guilty and bad about myself when I drink alcohol or munch on goodies like pizza or ice cream, which in turn affects the way I see my body and the reasons why I go to the gym. This has been going on for quite some time, and it doesn't feel right.

They say that it's important to exercise out of self-love, not self-loathing, but that concept is challenging to grasp when most women are expected to have a size zero waist, double D breasts, and a nice round butt without any cellulite. I mean come on. That's at the very least a pipe dream for most of us, if it isn't totally impossible.

So the goal this summer? To figure out how to love my body in a way that doesn't require regimented diets and endless amounts of guilt. To find workouts and exercise routines that make me feel empowered and supported, instead of isolated and full of self-criticism.

How am I going to get there? I'm not sure yet. But I'll be sure to let you know :)



3 comments:

  1. RoseCity_JessicaJuly 11, 2015 at 3:13 PM

    This is THE best thing that I have read in a very long time! Which 24 hour fitness are you going to? I would love to meet up sometime and get a workout in with THE PDX Belle <3

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    1. Hey girl! I go to the one on McLoughlin. So glad you found my blog and like what you see! :)

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