I sometimes forget, but with practice and constant self-reminders it's getting easier to remember, that this business of becoming healthier and fitter is a process. It's a journey. It's not a sprint. It's a marathon.
Speaking of marathons, mine is a mere 211 days away!
Besides the fact that it's a process that has its ups and downs - I've said this before, and I'll say it again - it's as much a mental and emotional journey as it is a physical one.
It's been an unraveling of old worn out beliefs, it's been a pushing and breaking of every limit I've ever perceived of myself. And by no means am I done yet!
The past two weeks have wreaked emotional havoc on me, shaken me to my very core in some ways, and yet I'm still here. I know I'll be even stronger once I fully process the turmoil. I'm already stronger. Yes, workouts have been hit-or-miss during this same time period, but I haven't given up completely and I won't. EVER.
I'm learning how to become more patient with myself. I'm learning how to become patient with the process. The fitness process, as well as the process of life in general. I can't say it's necessarily getting any easier, but I AM getting stronger.
Since that migraine came along and broke my workout streak, I've been much more lax about my workouts in general. My aim is to not necessarily start a new streak and all the undue pressure it entails, but instead, I aim to have a healthier balance between pushing myself to work out and taking it a little easier on myself when needed. I'll continue on with P90X3 and running, only I'll modify the plan to suit my already insanely busy schedule and NOT feel guilty or bad about it! It's not like I'm going to put all the weight back on again if I miss a workout here or there, or don't work out as intensely as my schedule says I should. It's important to me to have a schedule, but it's MORE important to me to listen to my own body on a day-by-day basis.
That's life, full of unexpected twists and turns (PLOT TWIST!)... and I'm learning to be flexible and not so darn hard on myself over any of it. Remember, time really is on our side, even when it seems it isn't!
Do you have a habit of hurrying? Worrying? Share in the comments below, so I know I'm not alone.
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