Look out March, I’m coming for you!

Any day is an opportunity to make a new start, but somehow that feels especially true the first day of the month. And I need a new start. I feel like I’ve done nothing but eat, sleep, repeat the past two months and it so isn’t working for me. But today I’m making myself a promise: I’m going to run every day and slay the hell out of March. I’m tired of feeling like a sloth (and worse) and beating myself up about it.

slaying march for the blog

I miss the rush of feel-good hormones a great sweat sesh brings, and the boost of self-confidence and mental clarity I get when I’m in a healthier groove. Not that exercise is the be all and end all — I also need to be creative, somewhat organized, eating well and in touch with my girlfriends to feel good (or less bad) — but it has a huge impact on my overall outlook and somehow I’ve forgotten that.

In January I committed to go to the gym every other dayย and I did for a little while, but it wasn’t enough to keep me going. I need to work out every day to make it a habit and feel in shape. A moderate approach just doesn’t work for me. What does: putting on my workout clothes when I wake up in the morning and going to the gym as early as possible in the day. It’s what I did this morning, and what I’ll do tomorrow and the day after that.

That’s not to say I’ll be killing myself. I’m talking 30 to 45 minutes on the treadmill, maybe some stretching and that’s about it. I know I should be lifting weights but it’s always felt so boring, and frankly I’m intimidated by all of the muscled people (mostly guys) on that side of the gym. I’ll get to it one day (maybe) but for now I’m just going to push myself on the cardio.

I’ll check in again at the beginning of next month and let you know how I did and how I’m feeling. In the meantime, March is mine! How will you make it yours? Is fitness a priority for you?

7 thoughts on “Look out March, I’m coming for you!

  1. Want another reason to work out !!!…. jump on the scale upon the return from a week in the sun and at the bar and at the buffet tables, to see that you gained 5 pounds, although you suspected that when you tried to do up those jeans for the trip home…. yup, back to my 4 day a week workout for me….. and Julie, don’t beat yourself up, congratulate yourself on your efforts and successes…..that helps too.

  2. Love your enthusiasm!
    For a couple years I was working out 4-5 times per week. I was so committed to it…but then my dad became ill and was hospitalized. I traveled several times to NL to help care for him. I was an emotional wreck, while trying to stay strong for him. After 9 months he lost his battle with prostate cancer and my life felt like it stood still….I couldn’t focus on anything, I stopped looking after myself like I used to, and I was trying to make sense of losing someone so precious.
    This year I’m trying to pick myself up and get back into my fitness commitment. Refreshing to read your blog…it has been encouraging, and a reminder to me that I need to go back to working out.
    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚
    Doris

    1. Thank you for taking the time to comment, Doris. I’m so sorry to hear about your dad. I can only imagine how devastating it must have been to see him decline, and how exhausted you must have been from all of the travelling and trying to be strong. Now that you’re feeling stronger, I hope you’ll find the energy to get back into a fitness routine. (And let me know how it goes!) Today I went to the gym only to realize I’d forgotten my sneakers at home and was sooo tempted to just forget about the workout but then I was like “it’s day two! get with the program already!” and walked back home to get my shoes (it’s about a 15 minute walk each way) and returned to the gym. I’m so glad I did! (And I won’t forget my shoes tomorrow.)

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