But this week when I went back to the gym, it was worth celebrating. You see, I hadn't gone for the past couple of weeks, which sucks. I felt different, I was losing confidence, didn't really care as much. I missed the soreness that I had become so accustomed to. I let life get in the way, and that's allowed. (There was also some mild illness involved, I allowed my body to recover.)
The important part of this story, however, is not the excuse that I found day after day or the illness that sidelined me, no the important part of the story is what happened this week.
I WENT BACK.
This is just barely short of a miracle. You see I'm oh-so-good at going to gym, until I'm not. I'll go months and hardly miss a day and then all of a sudden I get sick, or I have to work late, or my friend needs help moving, so I miss one day. And I'm bad about allowing flexibility, so one day turns into two and then it's been months since I've made it to the gym.
But now, after a short, understandable two weeks, I made it back. And I made it back because I found a workout that I LOVE. And, on my first day back, I squatted my max weight THREE TIMES (which really just means that now I have to increase my squat weight which I have a love hate relationship with because I HATE SQUATS but that's really neither here nor there.)
So here's to finding something that you love. Here's to being motivated and having a desire to be healthy. Here's to exercise providing joy and confidence. I hope that you can find something healthy for you that you love too.
If you're a woman and have tireless pounded on the treadmill with no desire behind it, I would highly encourage you to branch out and try lifting.
If you've never stepped foot inside a gym but would love to do something that energizes you and boost your confidence, I would suggest weight lifting.
Seriously people, it's awesome.
That is all.