I swear "journey" must be the word used most on my blog. Sometimes I think it’s cheesy but when you really think about it, everything we do in life is a journey, a process. You don’t just wake up one day with a new skill, a new habit or even a new perspective. Every day you learn and grow in the direction you decide to point yourself in. That’s right, YOU decide.
I used to point myself in the lazy, unhappy direction. I had a poor body image. I let other people influence how I felt about myself and I started down a path towards unhealthiness because of it. That was a journey too. I didn’t just wake up one day lazy and fat. It took some time to get me there.
Now I set my sights on a different goal. I point myself in a happy, healthy direction. I accept myself and everyday I do something just for me. Just as I didn’t wake up one morning fat and unhappy, I didn’t just wake up running marathons (a goal of mine) and doing push-ups (every chance I get I will link to that video – just preparing you!) :~)
I would like to know about people’s exercise routines. How did you get started exercising in a structured way? Did you focus on aerobic exercise or strength training or a combination? How did you find time in your life to devote to this activity? If you are not a “morning person,” were you able to transform and become one so you could exercise in the morning? (Ok, that’s a pretty darn specific question). How did your approach to fitness and exercise change as you got into more of a routine? Essentially, I’d love to hear people’s stories on their exercise “journey.”
I know that a great recommendation for exercise is to start by incorporating things into your life throughout the day — a walk at lunch, family play time in the park after dinner, hikes on the weekend, etc., and I do enjoy those things. However, I also really love the way I feel after a hard-core workout and am trying to figure out strategies to be more consistent with my habits and keep things fresh.
I am a lot like Ellen. I LOVE doing the active stuff in my daily life. That’s really how I started. That’s how I "pointed myself in the direction" of being more active. Then it snowballed. My need for more activity grew and grew. I started to like the way I felt, the way I looked when I was more active. So I sought more and more ways I could incorporate exercise into my life. I won’t re-hash the whole journey as I just did in this post and I think you guys have a pretty good idea of my specific exercise journey.
So now it’s your turn….
Where are you on your exercise journey? How did you get there? Have you even started?
Inquiring minds NEED to know! :~)
Oh! and to answer Ellen’s specific question…. I was NOT able to transform myself into a morning person! :~P