I KNOW working out and getting fit is hard. I know that staying fit is hard. You can want to be a certain way, but I also know that you have to put the work in. Not long ago (I was living a horrible, dysfunctional life)…I was depressed and isolated myself, was out of shape, and overweight. I finally decided to stop isolating myself and jump back into life.
I stopped having an after work cocktail or two or three. I started walking at night with reflective gear (because I was too embarrassed to walk in the daylight). I joined Yahoo groups to meet new people and regain my social life. I decided to reclaim the old me. I walked, then I ran, then I did group classes that were fun “for me”. I lost weight, I made friends, I felt sooo much better.
I have always loved yoga, and decided to pursue teacher training. I never thought I’d ever teach. Fast forward…I got my certification, and now I’m teaching yoga, and group exercise. I love being outside again, and being active again, and 40 pounds lighter again. I can relate to those who are struggling. I struggle even now, but I am so much happier living this life.
This is what works for me…
1. mat/power pilates (strong core is key…helped maintain my strength and sanity during a recent surgery and recovery), 2. yoga (flow, power, hustle and flow-its all good), 3. getting outside (spending time walking and hiking in the woods, being on the water, on a rock wall, camping, hiking, fishing, riding a bike, and doing things I love. 4. Spending time with loved ones laughing, doing activities, and listening to live music 5. painting, reading, napping outside…me time.
I cook at home most meals and do not deny myself. I try to balance my life. We all have our obligations, but should be the first on the list. We’ve all heard that thing about taking care of yourself so you can take care of others? It’s true.
Or if for no other reason…take care of you for you.
Michele Lucas, AYB instructor