grown up goal: september


I'm so excited for September. I mentioned last month that I had some grown up goals in mind for the rest of the year, and it's time to reveal one! Those of you who follow me on Instagram have actually gotten a little sneak peek at my early work on this goal. With the temperatures finally dropping (omg yeah right! maybe someday this month we'll get below 100° after 6pm...), I can finally start heading out and being active!

I know I sound really pumped right now, but it has been a long journey to get to this place. Exercise is something I've feared nearly my whole life. Being fit is something I've resisted. Strength is something I strive for in emotions and friendships, but never in my body. I have felt so awful about my body for so many years, and I've believed that spending any time on what exists beneath the clothes would only draw attention to the parts of myself that I hate.

I finally purchased my amazing pair of running shoes. I discovered the joys of compression pants. I bought a pair of earbuds. I have no excuse not to get outside. I'm starting slow: taking walks in the evening, jogging from point A to point B on the trail at the park, and even trying some stretching with the help of the old YouTube. Maybe I'll take a Zumba class (as per my 24 before 24 list) or try an entry-level yoga class. 

During September, and through the rest of the year, I want to create a weekly fitness routine that makes me feel good. Right now, that's two evenings a week out exploring my neighborhood with a ballin' playlist and my favorite pair of shoes. I want fitness to be something that adds to my wellness and emotional wealth, rather than becoming a chore or source of negativity. I have no intention of stepping on a scale because this isn't about a number, it's about a feeling. A feeling that I'm able to sustain with a little effort, that gives me energy to do all the other things I need to accomplish.

What advice do you have for me starting out? 

10 comments

  1. Super cool! This is a great goal! Good luck!

    -Becca
    Ladyface Blog

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  2. You go girlfriend! Let me know when you are ready to take that yoga class :)!

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  3. yayy! I love that you're doing this in such a feel good way. I'm the worst and I often fall on and off of fitness regiments. I've found that I jump off much faster if I start off too strong. You want to ENJOY your time working out. Sure, there will be days where you have to make yourself do something because you're sleepy or just not in the mood, but all in all you shouldn't be angry or have negative feelings towards it. As silly as it sounds, my music and clothes really keep me interested in continuing to work out haha

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  4. I was really loving doing pilates for a while, and then I got out of the habit. And then I tried to get back into it and discovered that Netflix had removed all of their exercise videos. Boo! So now I really need to order a DVD. This week I've finally gotten back into running on the elliptical (yay!) in an effort to prime myself for running outside (I made an attempt last week and it was miserable. My neighborhood is way too hilly for how out of shape I am). I think it's important to find a couple of different activities that you enjoy so you don't get bored with the same routine (unless you just absolutely fall in love with one thing, of course). A great goal!

    -Jen
    yourstrulyjen.com

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  5. Best of luck finding something that suits you! I think you really hit the nail on the head with the emotional component. For a long time I avoided physical activity because I didn't *want* to be healthy... I was convinced I didn't deserve it. Isn't that ridiculous? Exercise and eating right are hugely emotional things for me so I think it's important to consider that when you set goals like this. Luckily, you totally have!

    Zumba classes vary so much from instructor to instructor, but generally are welcoming and fairly easy to pick up on, even if you're not the best dancer. It's about having fun! I loved it when I took the classes (I tend to cycle through different fitness phases - right now I'm biking lots).

    One thing I would suggest (but have never done myself, haha) is to keep a journal of your experiences with physical wellness. Document how you feel before and after exercising and you may find some interesting connections there that may prevent you from falling off the wagon.

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  6. this is awesome! i just started working out too and it's the best feeling ever

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  7. you're awesome.
    i've really been meaning to work on my physical health.
    sometimes i just forget.

    my advice is just start slow.
    also get a buddy, that always helps.

    K

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  8. Good luck on your new fitness journey!! I have been wanting to get more active myself since I get winded SO quickly and hardly have any strength in my muscles anymore since I stopped working at my previous labor-intensive job and have become lazy. I would love to see your fitness routines and maybe even follow along! It's hard not to view exercise as a chore so good on you for making it your first grown up goal!

    Lauren
    Exploring My Style

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  9. Good for you for knowing that working out isn't about the number on the scale. Its about being healthy! I can't stand when people say "I just wanna loose 10 lbs." I had stomach problems and lost 10 lbs once and it wasn't cute at all! None of my clothes fit right and I just wasn't happy with the way I looked. I think I look and feel much better with my 10 lbs and slight love handles ;)
    I bet walking is so refreshing for you. Make sure you dance along the way too! It'll help the walk go by quicker :)

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  10. Way to go Nicole! I think it's so great that you are working out, and even better that you're not paying attention to the scale. That's what working out should really be about anyway - feeling your best. As someone who didn't listen to any of the rules when it comes to working out (and is now paying for it with killer knee problems), be sure to stretch, then stretch again. And listen to your body - it knows best. And if you ever need a walking buddy, let me know!

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