My Workout Journey

I have always HATED working out. You heard me, Hated. A deep and fiery Hate, with a capital H.

See, I never felt particularly good at it – I was always off balance, out of breath and frustrated. I would (on occasion) be convinced to do some sort of workout class or a fun run and this would just re-confirm my stance – nope, working out is not for me!

As I got older, I learned just how important staying active is to my physical and mental health so I kept stutter starting over and over again, trying to get myself into a peace treaty with a work out routine.

“staying active is critical to my physical and mental health”

So, this past Christmas, when Jimmy’s sisters proposed a 3 month long workout challenge, I opted in.(and before you ask, yes, this decision may have been influenced by alcohol.) It took a whole 3 days of said challenge to deeply regret this choice. I hated having to think “but when am I going to work out today!?” But lucky for me (read sarcasm) there was the added pressure of trying to ensure his sisters liked me and didn’t think I was a giant wuss (Hi Jess! Hi Marlee!) so I begrudgingly kept up with it.

So there I was, stuck in a dance with the devil himself. Day in and day out it was a struggle to push this idea of a “workout routine” up the mountain of my life. But as I stuck with it, I found my brain and body give way to the force of habitual repetition. Days passed, and then weeks, and then months, and then the challenge was over- but I found myself still keeping up with my routine. I even doubled down on my workouts during quarantine. Then, very recently, I sat up and realized – OMG! I don’t hate working out any more!! *cue angels singing*

Some days it’s still hard, some days I’m less excited, but more often than not, my overwhelming emotion is feeling #PROUD of myself. I’m #proud I overcame a lifelong mental and physical block. I am #proud of the sweat and time and feeling of my body get stronger. And I’m #proud that I let myself be ever evolving- even in times like these.

What have you been working hard at? What are you proud of these days? Tell me in the comments below 👇🏼and tag @wewearproud #Wewearproud

Time to workout! See you on the other side! 🏋🏼‍♂️🤸🏼‍♀️🧘🏼‍♀️

What has been your relationship to fitness? What has worked for you? What hasn’t? How has our social media culture influenced this relationship for you? Tell me in the comments below or share a story here.

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