Fitness Fridays // on being OK

January 11, 2013 in family,fitness,goals,health,mommyhood,workout,yoga,Yoga Bliss Akron

I’ve been exhausted all week. I tried to get up early for a morning yoga class every day this week, but it just didn’t happen. The class is at 6am. And I would need to wake up at 4am to pump and get ready. Blah. Yeah that just didn’t happen.

Instead of stressing about the lack of exercise in my life right now, I’m focusing on the positives:

1. The weather is nice enough for me to go for a run on my lunch break today;
2. I’ve successfully made it through a full work week;
3. and Chad + I are going on a date tonight!

The whole not-stressing thing is totally a conscious effort. I can easily let my ego run wild and get me down in the dumps about it. But I’m choosing to set priorities and not burn myself out. What good am I to myself and my family if I burn myself out? In the long run, it’s a no-win situation.

My new-found consciousness is due, in part, to the book The Way of the Happy Woman: Living the Best Year of Your Life, which was a Christmas gift from my sister-in-law, and it just so happens to coincide with my 2013 manifestations!

I’m trying to accept that our lives are in a transition right now: I just returned to work, I’m adjusting to my new role as a working mom, and I’m trying my best to get back in a routine.

And yeah, workouts may be on the back burner for the time being. Why? Because I can’t master everything at once.

And that’s OK.

I’m getting there. It will all balance out. Being happy and healthy are extremely important for my well-being.

And it may have taken 28 years, but I think I’m finally accepting that sometimes the healthiest thing I can do is to slow down and let myself adjust.

All this being said, I can’t wait for my lunchtime run and a fun day of yoga workshops tomorrow during Yoga Bliss Day [it’s their 2-year anniversary and all yoga classes/workshops are FREE tomorrow!]

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Amanda January 11, 2013 at 7:48 am

I like the fitness Fridays!!!! I only worked out twice this week due to hurting my back falling down the stairs. But I’ve been eating really healthy and following my weight watchers really well!!


Alicia at Poise in Parma
Twitter: poiseinparma
January 11, 2013 at 8:54 am

I love this thought process. Keep it up – you’ll be happier in the long run!

p.s. I *might* be coming down for Yoga Bliss’s open house tomorrow – will keep you posted!


LWLH January 11, 2013 at 9:35 am

That’s a good attitude to have girl.
It’s important to remember we can’t be or do everything, everytime, right now.


Julie January 11, 2013 at 9:53 am

Enjoy your yoga bliss tomorrow 🙂


Jen @ A Daily Dose of Davis January 11, 2013 at 11:46 am

It is SO hard to be okay with the fact that there isn’t time to do everything or BE everything each day. Something always gets put on the back burner and most of the time the thing being put to the side is the one thing we really really need. Like yoga. Working out. Good old ME time!! But accepting it and being okay with the fact that some days it just isn’t going to happen is half the battle. You are doing great mama. Enjoy your date mama and enjoy your yoga tomorrow!!! Thanks for linking up! I hope you will again! xoxo


Emily Southerland
Twitter: Mrs_southerland
January 11, 2013 at 2:33 pm

Totally agree with you about slowing down and accepting new things. I am a former ocd planner nut (stiil am, but learning to make adjustments quickly!). It is definitely a challenge. Workouts have been hard to fit in for me too, but we will get there. We’re doing great 🙂


Nilsa @ SoMi Speaks January 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm

I sort of love that while on the one hand, you’re lamenting the lack of exercise in your life right now; on the other hand, you’re making time and finding the motivation to run at lunch. Seems to me like that’s a win! I used to run marathons before I had a baby. Now, over two years after becoming a mom, I’m just beginning a couch to 5k program. I’m nowhere near my pre-birth weight … and while I’d love to feel better about myself, I wouldn’t trade one minute of time I’ve spent with our son over the past 27 months! (De-lurking here – I come to you by way of Ashley at Our Little Apartment.)


Twitter: thevalorieclark
January 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

I’ve had to get into this mindset too – I can’t always do ALL THE THINGS at once, and that’s okay sometimes. I just ended my gym membership a few days ago because, really, I wasn’t using it enough anyway. It was a waste of money and was driving me crazy because I felt so guilty not using it. Booo. Enjoy your yoga bliss tomorrow!


Jen January 14, 2013 at 7:44 am

I have never tried Yoga but really want to. I might take the plunge and do it tomorrow. Good luck on getting into your new routines. It can be rough at first. Stopping over from the link up!


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