One of the best things I ever did for myself was signing up for a gym membership in 2016. It’s been quite the fitness journey and I’m a much better person because I work out. It also helped me re-write a lot of stories that I had in my head about myself. I found mental and physical strength in the gym. Working out gave me a better appreciation for my body and instilled a greater sense of confidence in how I feel in my body.
Sometimes I have these realizations that I’m not only better because I work out… but I just genuinely enjoy it. For someone who begged my PE teacher in middle school to stay inside and make posters, it still catches me off guard. It’s such a part of my routine yet it still surprises me every now and then.
I do have a tendency across the board to become a little too obsessed with things so I’ve been extremely careful to not overdo it. I set manageable goals and stick to them while still giving myself grace and plenty of wiggle room. Some weeks I’m feeling barre, some weeks I crave spinning, and some weeks I just want to take the dogs for extra long walks. As long as I’m moving, I consider it a win.
With everything going on, I need this time for myself more than ever. It’s how I get space from my phone, how I clear my head, how I manage my emotions.
… and an excuse to splurge on cute workout clothes doesn’t hurt.
Addison Bay sent me these leggings recently and they’re SO silky smooth. I love the color, the subtle design on the leg, and the FIT. The leggings are super high waisted and hug just right. I got my regular legging size (small), but I think if you’re in between sizes you may want to size up.