In all honesty, February was a rough month. I struggled a lot with my body image and body insecurity. I was so focused on weight and inches, that I lost sight of the true reason and purpose to my exercise routines. I wanted to hop on here and share a little bit about what my focus for the month of March.
I like to think of each new month as a new opportunity for goal setting. It’s great to have longer-term goals, but it’s so good to have a monthly focus. Having monthly goals and focuses has really helped me to see growth as a continual process. And you can set your smaller monthly or weekly goals to direct you to your bigger goals. But accomplishing the little things are stepping stones to the big things.
For the month of March, I set a few priorities. First of all, I wanted to get away from the scale and the tape measure. It was doing bad things for my mind, my heart, and my soul. I wanted to pick a goal that would be fun and would challenge me. I settled on working my way to a headstand.
Some of the other girls I follow on social media shared that they were working on their headstands and I found myself immediately saying “Oh, I could never do a headstand. I’m not strong enough. I don’t have enough balance.”
After reflecting on my “I can’t” response, I realized that building up to a headstand is exactly what I needed to do. First of all, it gives me a goal that motivates me to keep taking care of myself. Secondly, it motivates me to workout and eat well. Thirdly, it trains my brain to say I can, and to get to a place of stillness where I can focus. It helps me to clear my mind of “I can’ts” and teaches me to say “I can”. Setting this goal of doing a headstand has also given me motivation and direction in my day to day workouts, focusing on a core strengthening program, as it takes core strength to do a headstand well. Then, when I got to thinking about it, I realized how this focus/goal is going to make me a stronger runner and stronger in my yoga practice.
The other thing I’m working on, or rather going back to, is consuming 3L of water daily. As my weight dropped, I decreased my water goal. But in the last 2 months I’ve noticed I feel best if I’m drinking 3L of water a day. A lot of the exercise and work I do results in me sweating, a lot, and I need to replenish that fluid.
Lastly, I set a goal of exercising 4-5 days a week, minimum. My last workout program had me doing 20 min workouts 6 days a week, and all I experienced from that was pure exhaustion. My body needs rest days. And working as a nurse in a 100 bed ER, the days I work I get plenty of steps in, I’m not so sure I need to work out all 3 of those days on top of my 11,000-12,000 steps in a given day.
So when it comes to March, here are a few of my goals:
- Drink 3L of water daily
- Exercise 4-5 days a week
- Practice headstands
- Publish 2 blog posts weekly
- Plan for nutritious and delicious meals
So here we are little over a week into March. I’m loving this month, already, despite the cold and the chaos that encompasses this month. These are the few things I’m doing. And honestly, I’m already noticing a huge shift in my attitude and mindset. Even my boyfriend commented the other day on how different I seemed in the joy that I was exuding. I’ve been able to dig in and find my own strength and willpower, which always leaves me feeling empowered to conquer whatever challenge life throws at me, and shows me just how strong and powerful I am.