At 23, I was bursting with excitement to move to Manhattan’s upper west side with a few girlfriends from work. Depending on the week, we had 3-5 girls living together with one bathroom! I’m not sure how we survived.
I worked 10-12 hour days, was studying for graduate entrance exams, and partied on the weekends. Somehow I was able to roll out of bed by 6AM, go for a run in Central Park or lift at the gym before work, shower, straighten my hair, and get downtown by 9AM.
Over the years, this routine was not always easy to follow. At times, the ambition would wane and it got tougher to juggle work, relationships, and family. But there was one thing I knew. Taking care of myself unlocked my inner strength, even when I forgot it was there.
For almost two decades I have included movement and exercise into my days, one day at a time. It has been abundantly clear that when I am flowing in my routine, I stand with confidence, I speak with conviction, and I act with certainty.
Needless to say, my work is much easier to do when I take care of me. The best way I know how to do this is to move. Movement not only gets my blood pumping, but it loosens the negativity and doubt like a sponge on a stubborn grease stain. The more I move and sweat and take deep breaths, the more that stubborn negativity loosens and lifts away. I’m left with clarity, decisiveness, confidence, and a sense of calm that I can’t seem to find any other way.
You may be thinking, “I know working out is great, but I can’t seem to do it when I have so many other demands on me.”
So here’s the secret. There is a way to do it and here it is.
- You must put the big rock in first. Exercise or movement (dancing in your living room counts!) needs to be the biggest priority on your list. I know, I know. You already have a full plate, but let me explain. When you make exercise non-negotiable, I promise, the other critical things on your list will get done. You will still do your job. You will still take care of your family. In fact, you will probably do the things you need to do in less time and with greater efficiency.
- You must make create a routine. How? First, make a plan. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail. You’ve probably heard this before, but that’s because it’s true. It is critical that you know what your workout will be. For this reason, I created a Free 7 Day Kickstart of simple exercises that will help ease you into a fitness routine. All you have to do is enter your name and email. Super easy, so let’s get that checked off your list!
- Be on your side. You have to be on your side and act with encouragement and compassion. No need to crack the whip or demean yourself for not sticking to your plan. Life will happen and your job is to do your best, love yourself, and let go of judgment, every day, one day at a time.
Don’t let this opportunity escape you. Be done with wasting energy on disappointment and judgment. Start with a simple act of committing to building a routine. Then take small steps to make this happen. Remember, small steps lead to big change. Sign up for your Free 7 Day Kickstart and we will build this body-loving workout routine together.
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