I have to be honest with you. I have been struggling with my fitness journey for the past several months.
Let me explain.
I was so excited after graduating from yoga teacher training that I couldn’t wait to start teaching. So, I jumped right into teaching yoga classes. Now mind you, I was in YTT from September through March, while working my full time job as a 2nd grade teacher. I also coordinated community health information sessions, once a month, through my sorority. I was a BUSY bee!
While I was in yoga training, I did yoga regularly, which helped me with my overall fitness but once I graduated, I took a BREAK, physically and mentally.
I was TIRED!!!
After a few weeks, however, I tried to start working out regularly because this is what I felt I had to do.
But things felt different for me this time. Other than taking yoga classes, nothing was motivating me to workout regularly. Then, I had to do some self-reflecting.
I realized, that I struggle with my fitness journey because I know how fit I was when I taught Jazzercise. I always seem to be striving to get back to that point, but why?? Why am I holding on to a version of me from the past? Why am I causing myself so much conflict by holding on to the past?
My body was tired! I was mentally and physically drained. I was lethargic and just worn out. It was so bad, that I was getting nervous that my lupus might flare up again.
So, in order to get myself out of this slump, I have started to do a few things.
First, I am continuing my fitness journey with more of an open mind. I’m releasing old ideas and starting from where I am right now.
I just started doing Orange Theory and so far I like it.
Second, I am going to continue committing to my personal yoga practice and take different types of yoga classes to help me grow and expand.
Finally, I will start slow and work on being consistent. I will set realistic goals for myself each week and stick with them.
That is all I will focus on for now.
So tell me, are you struggling with starting and/or maintaining a fitness routine? If so, what do you think is holding you back? If not, how do you keep yourself motivated? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.