Updated: Apr 20, 2020
Hey Boo, welcome to October!
In honor of how particularly sore I am today from my gym sessions this week, and actually, how sore I’ve been every day since the beginning of July, I decided I’m going to embrace it even further and TALK about it.
What the heck do I mean by that? It’s no secret that exercise is good for us and we are lucky to live in a world where there are so many different ways to be active. You can go the pilates route, kick-boxing, barre, you could go more traditional and pick up long distance running, HIIT training, cross-fit, the list goes on for miles. Yes, that’s all fine and dandy and I’m sure everyone knows that being active is important and they should do it… sounding like a broken record yet?
I get it. We ALL get it. But on that very same note… it’s still not incorporated into the daily routine of most people…. According to Time, only 23% of Americans get enough exercise; it is recommended to get 150 minutes of moderate activity in per week. Which turns into 25 minutes per day, six days a week. All math aside, and getting to the main point, we just don’t see it as a priority.
Furthermore, if we do have a regular sweat-sesh scheduled and the day turns into chaos, what’s the first item on the list to go? You guessed it…
“I’m so tired and stressed today, guess I won’t make it to hot yoga… whomp whomp…”
Where is the disconnect? Why don’t we make exercise more of a priority every day? Why do we see it as something that’s nice to add in, but not on the top of the list compared to everything else we need to accomplish in 24 hours?
My theory: because we don’t truly see how it improves everything else in our lives, not just our waistlines. Humans like to compartmentalize things and this is no exception. We think exercise benefits only our bikini body goals and if we just don’t get to the gym today, then there’s always tomorrow….
Right? Ugh, wrong… SO wrong. If this is all old news to you then raise your left hand in the air and give yourself an air-five because you are the exception, and probably super fit and great and awesome at most things in life. Get. Ittt. You are a queen.
Buuuut for the rest of us who need a liiiiiitle more convincing to get to that level, read on ;)
Everything I’ve said so far was stuff I’ve heard since day 1. But, like many, I wasn’t convinced. I didn’t really think that most of my mental and physical struggles could be solved by working out. It seemed too simple.
Luckily, I hit a VERY low point in my life where I was the heaviest I’d ever been, had horrible skin, and a self-esteem nowhere to be found. The ironic part of the situation is during this time I was also pursuing an opportunity to become a plus-size model. So picture this, a girl who didn’t even like herself on the outside, trying to empower others through the art of modeling… makes alllll the sense, right? *Face Palm*
I say “luckily” I hit this point because this is when I learned the power of my personality and character. This modeling experience taught me to be proud of who I am. It taught me the power that my own words had and I learned how to love and embrace myself on the inside, paying no mind to the outside.
This worked for me, for a little while… I got really into utilizing social media, sharing my stories, my thoughts, my words of advice, and I got into speaking at a few events because of it. For the first time, I felt like I was discovering my true self and my purpose.
The problem was…that there was still a problem… I didn’t feel that I was being authentic, that something was missing from my message. Then I read The Body Book by THE Cameron Diaz and it was like I was punched in the face by the fist of obviousness. I felt inauthentic because I didn’t TRULY love myself. I loved my brain, I loved the words I was sharing, I loved the character I was developing, but I didn’t love the vessel that held it all together…. My BODY.
So, I decided to make a change. I wanted to be better. To be stronger, to love how I felt and how I looked, at whatever size that happened to be. I started off by conducting an experiment over a couple week period to see what the impact of exercise actually had on my state of mind. The results were IMMEDIATE. No, I didn’t all of a sudden fit into smaller jeans, but I felt like a different person. Out of nowhere, I was more confident than I could ever remember being, I was feeling strong, flexible, and I could actually feel myself improving every day, which was a total trip.
What blew my mind even further was how this impacted the other areas of my life. I was happier all day long. I had better conversations with my clients and with those in my personal life. I felt more focused on tasks and I even started sleeping better. Trust me, I was the last person to want to admit that “they” were right… but… they were. There was something to this whole “exercise” thing after all.
I wouldn’t lie to you, babe. If nothing else has resonated with you up to this point, maybe this will. I’ve been there, and sometimes I go back there. What keeps me on track and continually headed in the right direction is forcing myself to make exercise a part of my routine.
It’s a struggle to get after it at first, so don’t go thinking that I’m prescribing hours in the gym, I’m not even talking ONE hour. My advice is to start small, with something you love doing. Go for a walk, do a 10 minute interval for cardio, do some yoga, it doesn’t matter what it is! This isn’t gym class, you can do whatever you want, just get your heart pumping.
There are a ton of programs out there, if you have a hard time self-motivating to get back into activity, use your resources! The first day is always the hardest, sugar plum, but lucky for us, it doesn’t last very long. In order to get to the best version of yourself, you have to take care of your body, because it truly translates into everything else that you do.
You CAN do it, and you’ll thank yourself for it!
With love and sweat,
- Paige J.
The Rose Gold Queen