Good afternoon, friends! Hope you all are having a splendid week. It’s been absolutely beautiful here in Maryland and I’m so not ready for the cold. I need to add to my endless scarf collection. Yesterday as I was driving to school, I did get a little hint that we’ve still got a few more nice days left…I was pulling into a parking garage and I felt a SUPER sharp pain in my foot. I immediately lit an f-bomb (and then 5 more,) pulled off onto the side of the garage, ripped off my shoe and a bee flew out. I thought bees died after they stung you?! Anyways, somehow a bee got into my shoe. I’ve never gotten stung by a bee before and I never want to get stung again. I thought I’d share, just in case you get some kind of entertainment out of other people’s misfortunes. I won’t judge, I do too sometimes. So, again with the cold approaching:
I’m not sure about the rest of you, I already have the urge to curl up with a mug of hot chocolate and some good movies. Not that there’s anything wrong with wanting – or needing – to do that, but I think a lot of people lose sight of their fitness goals in the winter time because it’s just way too easy not to! I also think that along with losing sight of their goals, they lose a lot of self-confidence and self worth as well. Exercise and taking care of yourself go hand-in-hand with your self-esteem and overall mental well-being. Which is why it’s super important to remain focused not just for a season, but for all seasons. It’s good to be happy with your body no matter if you’re running around in a swimsuit or long johns. Some things I keep in mind to keep myself in check when the seasons change:
It’s actually easier to get into the gym when it’s cold outside. Look forward to breaking a sweat, even if it’s in the sauna. True story: I don’t always get disgusting and sweaty when I workout, but I can tell you there’s no better feeling than warming up after being outside in the brisk, even for just a few seconds to walk from your car. Warming yourself up with exercise – any kind - is an awesome way to build up your immunity and get out of the cold. Walking outside to cool down after a good workout is also pretty liberating, just watch your nips, if you catch my drift, they’re all about surprises, especially when you wear a sports bra.
(If possible) run around naked. Just do it. Becoming comfortable with the way your body looks without clothing is something I think a lot of people – especially women – struggle with, because they don’t do it often enough. If you aren’t okay with the way your body looks, you can’t expect other people to be okay with it, either. A lot of sexual insecurities in relationships and dating do stem from confidence issues because people aren’t used to being naked and aren’t comfortable with the parts of their body they don’t see often. Instead of relying on other people to tell you how you look and determine the way you feel about yourself, do it yourself and learn that it’s perfectly fine to accept compliments, but it’s more important to believe in those compliments. Just make sure you do the nude when you’re alone and preferrably in your own home. Streaking might be empowering, but it’s usually frowned upon and highly illegal. Not something I can recommend on my blog, sorry!
Have something to look forward to, always. Summer will always come again, probably sooner than you might think. But set mini-goals in the winter as well. Many people just work out and get in shape for swimsuit season, when in reality, it shouldn’t be a swimsuit that motivates you. Rather, it should be your overall health and strength. For me right now, I’m working on a few PR’s in lifting and really focusing my gym time on getting to those goals. I’ve been having to take a few more rest days than usual lately because I haven’t had all the time in the world to hit the gym, so when I do have adequate time, I do all I can to get in a really good workout. Goals can be different for everyone, though. Maybe you’re training for a marathon? A figure competition? Whatever it is and whenever it is – never lose sight of your goals, cause most likely you’ll lose sight of your motivation as well.
Always remember that staying motivated is a huge part of self confidence and radiating self confidence is not only beneficial to your own life, but others’ lives as well.
What are some of your current goals?
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Peace and love!