The above photo is a snapshot of my workout yesterday. It may look like a simple 30 minute elliptical workout, but it was so much more than that.
Let me go back a few years...
I lost 70 lbs on my own by exercising and eating less/better. But when days were rough and especially when my mother passed away and my son had a major ski accident 2 1/2 years ago I wouldn't exercise if I didn't "feel like it".
And the weight began to creep back on.
Part of skipping exercise was a schedule conflict and I couldn't get to the gym at the same time or leave my house for a run at the same time while my son was home injured from school. The other part was I think I felt if I couldn't do the same workouts I had been doing, whether due to a schedule conflict or highly stressed/emotional day, I would just do nothing.
I wish I would've given myself permission to simply go for a walk. I know my husband would've totally supported me going for walks and/or going to the gym in the evenings. And I wish I would've told myself I needed to get at least a walk done, but honestly I pretty much just gave up any time I didn't "feel like it".
Now, I've given myself that permission and I also remind myself I may not feel like doing an intense workout, but I need to get something done.
I never regret a workout and a brisk walk can do wonders for my emotions, but getting started can be hard.
So, yesterday to get out the door and get that 30-minute elliptical workout done was HUGE. For the second time in two weeks I didn't let an emotional morning stop me from keeping to my exercise commitment.
And I. Am. So. Happy. About. This.