If you've been following me on these internet streets you know that I’ve been on my #CONSISTENCY tip. After struggling with my health, my weight and whole lot of other "adulting" things, I realized that I desperately needed to make some changes to my daily habits to be intentional and consistent.
I like to challenge myself. I'm sure that you've seen endless versions of challenges on the internet. So, I decided to turn this into a personal improvement challenge. Ya'll trust me, for months I fought tooth and nail with getting up and getting active and I tried to avoid it. It came to a point where I didn't really have a choice.
One of my consistency goals was to have physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes & 4,000 steps minimum of exercise every day. I already told y’all, I am not an exercise kinda gal, so this was HARD for me, but my life kind of depended on it.
Initially, I laughed at myself when I set the goal. But, i'm proud to report, I did it! I have by far superseded 30 minutes day and the 4,000 steps. I'm, actually coming in around 90 minutes a day and an average of between 8,000 - 10,000 steps a day!
Can I get an amen? Yessss!
I'm patting myself on the back, because that's huge for me!
I'm doing my thing ya'll!
Generally, I would wake up in the morning and get my workout in. I prefer getting it out of the way instead of waiting until after work. I don't know about ya'll but after a certain time of night I begin to loose brain power and all of my good senses. Lol . I can go to bed as early as 8/9:00 if possible. Just give me a bed and a pillow and I'm out! I love sleeping. Although I enjoy getting up early in the morning, I had been doing it consistently for a few weeks and I was tired! It was a long week and the night before my honey and I had dinner in Manhattan with an old friend. Needless to say, we were tired!
I dragged my feet around the house and was holding off on working out all day. I decided to get dressed right after the sun went down and get my workout in. Despite the fact that it was cloudy out, I figured I could still go. I got dressed and realized when I got to the door that it was poring down raining.
My son said, "Mom. I bet it's just a sun shower, you can still go." I gave him the side eye, and reluctantly took the poncho that he gave me. I was hesitant, but I knew that if I didn't go I would be really mad at myself later.
I decided to start walking in the rain. I got to the track and started running. I did a few ((slow)) laps around the track and all of a sudden the rain stopped.
Literally, it stopped.
I grew up in Miami and St. Thomas, so I should know better right? It can be raining in your front yard, and you can see the dry grass next door in your neighbors yard. Lol. I digress.
I was looking around like, wait what?
A few minutes later, I looked up and almost like in a movie, I saw a rainbow.
I had an Ahhaa moment. What I learned from this was:
What I learned from this was:
- NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF THE COME UP. It may be a small and dark beginning, but no one is an expert on the first try. There is joy in the journey. Life's a marathon not a sprint!
- SOMETIMES YOU JUST NEED TO GET STARTED. Put good energy in the atmosphere and just DO THE WORK! DO what you know you were called to do. You reap what you sow.
- EVERYONE NEEDS A VILLAGE! Because no man is an island. Everyone needs the right person in their corner that's gonna support them and push them to get started. For me it was my son. He saw what I couldn't see. The rain was going to stop. For me, this is such a big picture life lesson. Trials are temporary. Look beyond the here and now.
- YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE STRUGGLING! I know that a problem is relative. Sometimes we think that we've been dealt the worst hand and nobody has the problem that we have. Not really. Once the rain stopped and I looked up, I realized that there were lots of other people running in the rain. I thought I was special. Lol. I am, but not in this case. When you open your eyes, you'll be surprised to see how many others around you have traveled the same path.
I was struggling ya'll, but running in the rain changed my perspective.
What's your struggle? Have you done something outside of your same ole' normal routine that can get you back on track and change your perspective? Leave a comment below.