My “Why”

Working out has been a consistent part of my life for the last 10+ years or so. I played volleyball in middle and high school but never got into cross training. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20’s that I joined a boot camp with some friends that I discovered my passion for all things fitness. I’m not an expert but just someone who has found that working out is my “me” time. Below are five beliefs, or my “why”, I have developed over the years.

I believe women are capable of being strong and not just skinny.

I love lifting weights, heavy (for me) weights. Oftentimes there is a misconception of women and weights. I’ve heard from people “aren’t you afraid of getting too bulky”. Well bulky to one person may not be bulky to another person. I personally like the way defined muscles look and that is always my ultimate fitness goal. I lived by myself for many years. There wasn’t anyone I could ask to help me open a jar. Now that I’m married there is nothing is more exciting to me than being able to open that pickle jar without my husband’s help! Call me stubborn, but someone doubts my physical ability that drives me to prove them wrong. I couldn’t do really physical things if I only ran on a treadmill. I’m always amazed at my body’s capability. I not only like being strong, I like the way it looks too.

I believe a workout routine should be a combination of different activities.

Getting stuck in a rut is like a fitness death. Eventually you’ll get bored, plateau, and give up. It has happened to me before. Usually, I’m a person who works out by myself, earbuds in, I’ve got a plan, and I’m in and out of the gym. I’m not there to socialize…it’s my “me” time. However, usually at the beginning of the new year I try something new. I join a class at my gym, or I incorporate a yoga routine, or I use a fitness app with predetermined workouts. This allows me to remain fresh and not burnt out on the same thing over and over. Are you bored of your current workout routine? I challenge you to find something new instead of taking a break because we all know that break can turn into a hiatus.

I believe working out can solve a lot of problems.

It may not pay the bills or solve that argument with my husband, but I find that it allows me to think clearly about a problem or problems at hand. When I’m working out that is the only thing I’m thinking about. I’m not thinking about the long to-do list of the day. If a problem creeps into my mind while working out, I focus on whatever muscle or activity I’m doing that the moment. It’s easier said than done on some days. I treat working out as “me” time. I also find that working out first thing in the morning is the best time for me. I’m able to remain clear-headed and it just feels damn good to get that heart rate up. It’s a natural energy boost that sustains a longer than a cup (or three) of coffee.

I believe abs are made in the kitchen.

While I know this, this is the hardest belief for me to follow consistently. My husband and I really enjoy food….like really really enjoy it. Neither one of us has a lot of will power when it comes to moderation or junk food. We have discovered that we can not have junk food in the house. We have to meal plan for the week otherwise the dreaded “what do you want for dinner” discussion leads to pizza, Chinese, or anything else under the sun. While it may be satisfying at the moment, I usually wake up regretful and frustrated with my lack of will power. It is challenging to get both of us on the same mindset of eating “healthy” but when we are able to do it, results happen! Sometimes we swing too far to the “healthy” side though which leads me to my last belief…

I believe everything is about balance.

It’s all about balance, everything in life. Work 70 hours a week, you’ll get burnt out. Restrict your diet to only chicken, broccoli, protein, and almonds, you’ll get burnt out. Think that you should only be doing fasted cardio every morning to lose weight, and you’ll get burnt out. The burning out leads us away from our goals. Finding a balance to all things important to you is a life long dance. It’s always evolving. I had a pretty good balance between working out and healthy eating and then I got pregnant. Then I had the baby and had to figure it out all over again. Going back to work will bring another set of adjustments, but finding the balance is always possible. It’s not just possible, it’s absolutely necessary.

There you have it. My fitness beliefs. Now that I think about it, it’s funny that I actually have thought about these. These beliefs are my “why”; why I have woken up at 4:30 in the morning in order to fit in my workout before work. Without a “why” it’s really easy to stay in bed (believe me it’s happened). If fitness has been a part of your life what is your “why”? If you’re someone who wants to make fitness a bigger part of your life, what is your “why”? I would love to hear about your “why” in the comments below!

8 thoughts on “My “Why”

  1. I cannot agree more with you. Exercise is my “me” time to decompress. I have to sometimes sit back and think about my “why” when I am really struggling to stay motivated. My biggest “why”, being my daughter, showing her how important it is to lead a healthy lifestyle. My second “why” being my clients I train. I always tell them I would not make them do exercises that I would not do to myself. And so I get my booty to the gym and try out all these crazy exercises I have planned for them and it helps. It keeps my excited and motivated!

    1. I love that your biggest why is showing your daughter how to lead a healthy lifestyle! That is so important, especially with girls. I hope to do the same thing with my son and hopefully be able to work out with him one day!

  2. You said a lot of things I agree with. Exercise is also my “me” time, and it helps me destress. I used to be a competitive swimmer, so I also want to continue to keep myself healthy and feeling good. I think my biggest problem sometimes is finding the balance between work, my daughter, husband, and my “me” time. Do you have suggestions in terms of finding more of a balance?

    1. Oh my gosh, this is such a great question! Trying to juggle it all is so challenging. The only thing I have found so far is waking my booty up at 4:30 in the morning to get my time in. I try to think that I’m the most important person in my life, which is hard to do with a baby. But if I’m not making time for myself I’m going to suck at all of my other roles in life. Some days are better than others, but being gracious with myself is almost more important than making time for me.

  3. LOVE this. It’s so important to have a “why”, for working out, for eating well, and honestly, in all areas of life as we’re setting goals. Thanks for sharing your “why”.

    1. It was so reaffirming to actually sit down and write about my “why”. The thoughts were there, but something shifted in my brain after seeing it written.

  4. I have been working out for 10+ years. I was always an active kid, running, and such in high school. Once I got a desk job though I really took my fitness to the next level. I had a baby 2 years ago, and it took a bit for me to get back to my fitness level I was at before I got pregnant. 9 months to make a baby, and at least 9 months to bounce back. Finding balance has been the biggest struggle, but keeping to that fitness routine keeps me happy with myself. Loved each why you have!

    1. Being 3 months postpartum, I’m trying to remember the 9 months on and 9 months off. Sometimes I’m a little too hard on myself. Thank you for the reminder about that!

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