I read this and realized how especially applicable it is to my life right now.
In order for me to get anything going in my fitness routine (or in life, really), I need to start moving.
Real talk: I am still not very motivated at this point postpartum.
I'm excited about the coffee I'm going to drink in the morn..., the Coke I'll have a lunch..., the wine then at dinner...
Hmm... it appears the things I'm drinking are the most fulfilling moments of my day.
Oh well, some days they really are.
Here's the thing:
I'm not one to wake and perform rituals (ie, journal, meditate, yoga, etc) that I know I should each day that would foster repetition and build some steam.
I mean, I've been there, I've had seasons where this seamlessly flowed into my day. Where the momentum of performing these tasks carried me into the next.
Right now though? When I wake up blindly confused about who I am and how I got here?
Where I'm exhausted, depleted emotionally and physically, juggling baby + big kids + work + marriage + sanity? Well yeah, it's not happening.
While I'm 100% sure these rituals would be massively beneficial to my life, I just can't seem to give them time without it feeling too damn forced. And I'm too damn insane for anything more to feel forced.
Does exercise feel forced for you?
Sometimes it can for me. So right now I've chosen to never look at moving my body as something I need to do for say, the next 45 or 50 minutes.
When I start a class, a workout, my own routine, I honestly think, okay, Brie- let's start moving for a few minutes and see what happens.
I do this every time.
Because I recognize that action has a momentum to it...
That within 5 or 10 minutes, I'll very likely want to keep going.
I'll keep moving.
Honestly it's why I keep coming back to BASE.
When I'm able to jump online with you all, I find that that action alone carries me to complete the class nearly every time.
I feel the momentum push me to the next song, the next exercise, the next few minutes of class because I'm truly enjoying the next laugh, the next burnout, the next moment of connection that comes with it.
So whether it's BASE, your ride, your walk, your run or your workout, I hope you set the stage for giving yourself the grace to see what happens when you start.
Maybe enter it with no expectations or pressure for the perfect completion.
Maybe just get started.
Just start moving.
From there, let's see what happens next.
In sweaty gratitude, always,