Waterfall in Amicalola Falls State Park
We’re almost two full months into the new year, and I have to say. It’s been a rough two months. Between personal and professional issues arising at every turn, I really needed a break. I told myself it was too soon to go away for a full vacation, but why not a mini vacay for a couple of days? It just so happened that a group of my friends were planning a surprise getaway to North Georgia for a another friend’s birthday. We would be gone four days total. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but it was just what I needed. There was no internet connection, the TV wasn’t used and we had very spotty cell service. It was perfect.
Ladies, if your mind and body are telling you something – LISTEN. I had been feeling run down and constantly exhausted, but after my quick getaway I feel absolutely refreshed and rejuvenated. I would highly recommend this type of vacation every few months. It wasn’t costly and it was a drive-able distance, but it was still a break from reality. Turn off the cell phones, relax, and enjoy the simple things.
I know, I know. It’s cold outside, you’re tired, it’s so dark, you’re so busy, blah blah blah. News flash ladies, no one can MAKE you be healthy but you. You have to want it bad enough to banish those excuses and stay motivated. Things that have helped me stay on track and keeping up with my fitness are keeping a photo handy of me at the size/weight I’m aiming for. Looking at that photo reminds me that my body is capable of being where I want it to be – I just need to work for it.
Another way I’ve managed to stay motivated is by doing classes at my local gym. I don’t know about you but I’m not good at going to the gym and doing a routine. I get bored, I don’t push myself hard enough and I rarely work up a sweat. In classes though, I don’t have to think. I just follow the teacher’s instructions and the group structure pushes me to work harder. Next thing I know, an hour has passed and I’m dripping sweat. In order to not get bored with the classes, I try to create a workout schedule that is realistic for me and where I’m hitting a few different classes a week.
The key is find out what works for you, it’s not the same for everyone. Find what gets you motivated and do work ladies.