I'm two days late, but is that considered fashionably late? Either way, I have time and fresh perspectives, so it's better late than never!
So, as fall is in full swing, it's THAT time of year for me. Today was a strong indicator. It has been raining nonstop, my bed is too comfortable, I made excuses not to exercise, and I just don't want to do anything at all. Living with seasonal affective disorder, this happens to me a lot. But, since it happens to me a lot, I've also learned what works best in managing such moodswings. I like to dedicate myself to physical challenges, as the endorphins are a medicine unlike any other. It was announced that the newest Insanity program, Max 30, will be released in mid December, and I've already got plans to commit to it in the new year. I can't help but feel that someone's watching over me; knowing how badly I'd need it.
But, for the time being, I've got my ammunition. Every morning, I'll be reading a book on personal development. I'll be taking some time to pray, meditate, and reflect. I remember how far I've come and how much worse things could be. The things that I have are hard-earned blessings that should never be taken for granted. Today was not guaranteed, but it's been given to me.
Happiness is a choice.
Positivity takes practice.
Get up, dress up, never give up.
Just by practicing those mantras, I felt better right away. I'm also going to budget more time into my passions. Too often, I work too hard and just wallow. I come alive when I use my available outlets. Writing, singing, slowly putting together my voiceover studio, and (of course) Beachbody coaching are going to be given more of my well-deserved time. But I've also got something coming up that I'm REALLY looking forward to - my next Challenge Group! Two of my fellow wonderwomen and I will not only be guiding a group in their health and fitness pursuits, but we're also going to be sharing our own stories. Tips, advice, recipes, and - most importantly - our struggles. So many people will approach me and say, "You're so positive and happy! I wish I could be like you!" I am hyped up to let the walls come down and to let my challengers know the REAL story. Yes, I've changed my life and yes, I feel absolutely amazing - but I am also a human being with PLENTY of ups and downs to share. I'm sure if you all went back into my very first entries of my original blog (flabtofierce.tumblr.com), you may get to some of the good stuff. But I'm saving it all for my upcoming challengers. As cliche as it comes across, there is no better way to put it - if I can do it, anyone can. And, hopefully, by bringing my own issues to light, it will inspire anyone who needs it.
So, I'm really stoked about all of that. I am also pretty giddy to share that I, once again, have lost another pound. I'm only 4 lbs away from my lowest weight ever. Again, I don't lose sleep over my weight anymore, but it really is motivating to see that discipline and taking care of yourself are the only requirements. I'm gearing up to enroll for the NYC Half Marathon on March 15th, so I'm still running about 3 days a week. Although I don't feel like I'm accomplishing much, I'm always my own biggest cheerleader. "You ONLY ran 2 miles today? Remember when you thought that running for pleasure was a crazy concept?!" It helps tremendously. TurboFire is my mood boster. PiYo makes me feel light as a feather.
I'm gonna be okay, you guys.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
“The greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances.” -Martha Washington