Sweating out the stress

Let’s just start by stating the obvious. How the eff is it already the end of June?!?! Where is the time going?!?! It’s insane. Anyways, like usual, I digress.

For June (as month 3 of my 12 months of grief journey) I have been focusing on exercise. It’s been about three years since I’ve been able to wholly focus on fitness. It also helps that its summer and it’s not dark out when you leave work. I’m sure many of you can agree, trying to find the time to work out is hella hard. Between working, family, kids, friends, home, etc, it’s nearly impossible to find time to work out.

So what do we sacrifice to make it happen? How do we allocate our resources to make ourselves healthier? Is health even a high priority? For me, I feel guilty when I go for a run after work. Part of me feels like I should be spending that time with my family. The other part of me feels so grateful to have my legs moving and my feet pounding the pavement. I’ve learned that I am such a better person when I make time to work out.

I see myself as my biggest investment. I need to invest in my well-being to be a sane person. How do I invest in working out? Well….

  1. I cleaned out my closet of clothes which no longer fit. I held on to SO many pre-pregnancy clothes, thinking I’d be able to get back into them post-baby. Well, shit, that didn’t happen. So, instead I cleaned house and donated numerous bags to good-will. Now my closet is full of clothes which actually fit.
  2. Now that I have clothes that fit, I can see how far I’ve come since having Emily. Sloooooowwwllllyyyy I’ve been gaining confidence in my body and how clothes look. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “F***, Lindsey you’re so vain! Who cares how you look?!” ME! I care! Call me vain and/or selfish, but I’m calling a spade a spade. With my new confidence, I feel motivated to get back to working out
  3. Buying new work out gear. Thank God for outlet malls! Getting some discounts on workout clothes helps justify upgrading. My old gear was either too small or too big – when I’m running or playing a sport, I don’t want to feel like a sausage stuffed in casing. Continuing on the selfish-train, I want to look somewhat decent when I work out.
  4. I subscribe to Apple Music. Now I can hear it, “But Lindsey, you have to pay for that! Just stream for free!” First, I don’t know how to do that. Second….what can I say, I am an Apple fan. I like their workout playlists, and they keep me motivated.
  5. Signing up for a beer-league baseball team. I am so thankful my parents put me in sports when I was a kid. Now, being a semi-decent athletic female has given me confidence to play on adult sports teams. This summer is baseball and tennis. As adults, it’s hard to make new friends. Signing up for a community team sport helps meet some new people and get outside.

Maybe sports/fitness isn’t your thing. Maybe its art or reading or cooking. Whatever it is, it’s important to invest in it, so your mental and physical health can be solid. Investing in yourself does mean spending money and/or time on yourself. You’ll need to create a plan to help you reach this goal (how many hours per week of training do you need? How much money do you need to get started?) Once you have this figured out, then you need to take the final and most important step and just effing DO IT! Let me know how it goes!

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