Happy International Women’s Day!
I’ve had some business in my life and haven’t had much time to myself to blog or even to reflect much, but in light of the International Women’s Day Women’s Strike I decided to take some time for myself. And I’m so glad I did! It’s not even noon yet and I’ve already had some great time for reflection.
Most of the blogs and websites that I keep up with on a daily basis are run by women and they have all taken a stand to strike today and not post any new material, and I 100% support that decision. I’m so glad that so many women are taking this day seriously and taking care of themselves. I’ve seen a strike day called “a glorified personal day” and I don’t see anything wrong with that way of thinking. Women are without a doubt overworked and run by their schedules so to have a day about them and not about pleasing anyone else or following a calendar is fantastic!
Here are some of my personal reflections today:
- My Body
- I have not been a very good FitGirl the past few months. I’ve been starting each new round strong and head on, but I’ve not stuck to it and I’ve not held myself accountable like I should be doing. I know that part of my problem is how busy my life has been and that any unscheduled time I’ve had I’ve used to try and recharge my batteries – in my mind, my friendships, and my relationship. I’ve not put in much effort to the workouts and definitely not to the meal plans. As a result, I’ve gained 10 pounds since my lowest FitGirls weight (in November) and 5 of that has just been in the past month. (Too much pizza & Starbucks + not enough MixxedFit). There is a new round of FitGirlsGuide starting on Monday, March 13 and I will be making more time for my health and fitness in the next 4 weeks.
- I’ve also started a fitness seminar in my town called Women Can Run. Arkansas has this state-wide 10-week program (2 days per week) that started yesterday to teach women the proper form, apparel, and techniques to make you a successful runner. I’ve completed several 5Ks but I’ve never ran one 100% and this is my goal with Women Can Run. I will be including MixxedFit on Mondays and Wednesdays when I can so I can try to get back to my health goals.
- I’ve been going to Starbucks too much lately. This is apparent in the 5 pounds I’ve gained this month because this is the only significant dietary change I’ve made. I haven’t been on track with working out for months but I’ve maintained. Starbucks is my biggest trigger to weight gain at the moment, so I’m going to make an effort to cut it out completely for the next 4 weeks. (Which will help me keep some money in my pocket, as well.)
- My Mind
- Learn something new every week and push those around me to do the same. This is going to start with today, International Women’s Day. Here is an article from ONE.org that I really enjoyed: 12 Women Who Changed the World
The day is still young. Go learn something. Take care of yourself. Make changes – in yourself, in your environment, in the world.