Self-Love or Excuse?
As I get deeper into the grind that is my “Glow Up” I am certainly feeling it. It’s not perfect and I’m still struggling a bit to prioritize my big projects. I am also slowly integrating habitual things (like those damn vitamins) rather than trying to go from 0-100 overnight. I am finding my footing though.
One piece that is on a bit of some shaky ground is the gym. Since I have so much on my plate I’m not trying to be super hardcore, but it is VERY important for me to achieve some specific goals.
Ideally, I’d like to do boxing twice a week and get in 3 days of Street Parking (Crossfit style training) each week, so a max of 5 days. I have had to give myself a LOT of grace in this department as I have trained as few as 3 days a week during this time. I try to do solo rest days though I will sometimes do two rest days in a row. It’s very rare I take more than 2 at a time.
So when faced with the possibility of 3 rest days in a row, I have to ask myself– is this self-love or an excuse?
After two planned rest days I had every intention of training on Tuesday. But being a ball of nerves and appearing on live TV, completely wiped me out. As 6pm approached, I could barely keep my eyes open, and I made the call.
I decided that going into the gym at that time wouldn’t be taking care of myself, it would simply be checking a box. In that moment, self-care meant putting on my pajamas, crawling into bed and getting some TV time with my husband.
The world did not end, my body did not spontaneously combust and I hit the gym as planned the next day. No harm, no foul.
There have been other times that I simply just didn’t want to train, but I still dragged myself in there because I knew I’d just be making an excuse if I didn’t.
Knowing yourself is an important part of self-love. If you are notorious for making excuses, then that extra rest day could be the start of a slippery slope. But if you are confident in what you need and have the discipline to right the ship pretty quickly, then do what you need to do.
You get to make the call, just be sure that you are being real with yourself while you do it.
Self love & hugs,
Read the next installment of Self-Love Sunday here.