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finding my “yes”

You may (or may not) have noticed a severe lack of fitness posts here lately, and the reason is simple… there hasn’t been much happening in that department. I think like many people, the intensity of my fitness regimen tends to ebb and flow, but this time I’ve hit a serious rut. I occasionally go for a quick run or swim laps, but the routine is simply not there.

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So why?
Lately I’ve been getting caught up in the “no.”

No, I can’t go swim… Eleanor hasn’t been to Y-Care in awhile and I’ll be pulled out of the pool within 10 minutes.
No, I can’t go for a run… my hip is still bothering me, so who knows how far I’ll make it.
No, I can’t go to the gym… these are peak hours and I HATE waiting for equipment.

No, no, no , NO!

If it wasn’t going to be the most spectacular workout of my life, it just wasn’t worth trying at all.

In-between the “no,” I’ve been reading some pretty great blogs, two of which really resonated with me. Awhile ago Carla wrote this great post about playing hopscotch with her daughter and viewing fitness as doing “what you can, when you can.” And just this week Lindsay wrote about the motivation behind her group training business named MoveMore (pretty self-explanatory there).

Both of these women made me realize that amidst all of the “no,” I needed to find my “yes.” Was every workout going to be perfect? Was I always going to fit everything in? No.

So what could I do? Well, I could do “what I could, when I could” and I certainly could “move more.”

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So with that in mind…

Yes, I can drop Eleanor at Y-Care. Maybe I’ll only get 10 minutes, but I bet she lasts longer next time!
Yes, I can go for a run. Maybe it’ll only be 3 miles, but that’s more than I did last week!
Yes, I can go to the gym. Maybe I’ll try something new if my machine is busy.
And yes, I can be flexible. At home workouts are no less effective than going to the gym. Do SOMETHING!

Armed with a new mindset, today is a new day! It also doesn’t hurt to (virtually) surround myself with role models – thanks Lindsay and Carla.

Maybe today moving more is going for a hike with my sister…

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Or maybe I’ll do what I can, when I can by strapping a baby to my back and taking the dogs for an extra walk…

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No matter what, I know it’s not about perfection; it’s about finding the windows (however small they may be), to do something GOOD for myself.

Wish Eleanor luck at Y-Care :)

Your turn:

Do you ever find yourself caught in “no?”
How do you get out?

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  • CARLA October 9, 2014, 7:10 am

    oh this made me SMILE SMILE SMILE!!

  • Stace @ SimplySouthernStacie October 9, 2014, 7:42 am

    Good for you! I think that deciding to workout can be the hardest part. A lot of the time, I will just tell myself that I only have to do 10 min. of whatever workout. 99% of the time, after the 10 min. have gone by, then I want to do more. If I don’t, then I just stop. At least I tried : )
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  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's List October 9, 2014, 8:12 am

    LOVE it!! It’s really simple when you take out all the pressure and find things you actually LIKE doing!
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  • Beks October 9, 2014, 8:16 am

    I was just debating writing a blog on not wanting to work out. I’m in a rut of not working out, and I honestly miss it, but I don’t have your reasons (I’m childless, and my dog gets enough exercise running around our house, as he’s so teeny). I’m starting Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer next week, and have been debating vlogging the experience, since I can never seem to finish the trainer. :-/
    Where do you hike in the Omaha area? I’m in Council Bluffs, and I’m not a fan of the hiking trails over here.
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  • Rachel October 9, 2014, 8:19 am

    This past week I found a lot of “No” (for good reason), but from today onward, I’m going to find the “Yes” where ever I can for myself and my family. Thanks for being one of my role models :)

  • Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness October 9, 2014, 10:08 am

    Yep, I think you hit the nail on the head- it’s not about perfection, it’s about a good balance. Sometimes when i’m caught in the “no” cycle i pick an end date- like “ok, I’ve been a lazy for the last few days- i’ll give myself 1 or 2 more days, then get back on track on saturday” or whatever. when you schedule in lazy days, they don’t seem as awesome :)
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  • Cassi October 9, 2014, 10:24 am

    If you look in the right places you’ll also find workouts you can do with your kids, using them like weights. So, unless it’s against doctor’s orders, there is almost always a yes somewhere. You just have to find the right one for you.
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  • Brianna @ I run He tris October 9, 2014, 10:39 am

    I love this! Juggling working out and a baby can be difficult, especially when you have her all day long! My workouts are either in the morning, when Dad gets home and I have helping hands, or right after I get off work while Brice is still napping. Good luck to Eleanor at Y-Care!! I hope she surprises you and you get in a good workout!
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  • Gretchen Garrison October 9, 2014, 12:36 pm

    This was very encouraging to me. Every time I even make an effort, I should not be hard on myself if it was not quite the workout I was hoping for. At least I am moving along ….
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  • Cynthia Cover October 9, 2014, 1:08 pm

    Good luck at Y-care! I like your positive attitude of something is better than nothing. It’s hard to get there when you are so focused on the quantity of exercise being important. I have a really rough day if I don’t get in my 4 mile am walk and anything less makes me cranky….I feel compromised :( Another issue I need to work through :)
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  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 9, 2014, 1:31 pm

    I love this post! Everything is better when you look at the yes in life instead of the no. I need to be better about looking at the yes in workouts too.
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  • Sarah @ Sweet Miles October 9, 2014, 1:59 pm

    You are completely right! Saying no is so much easier than actually getting your booty up and doing something! Love that you said, “just do something!” Anything, no matter how small, is better than nothing! I always love how encouraging you are :)
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  • Holly @ Mama Bear Blogs October 9, 2014, 3:26 pm

    Great post! I have to keep reminding myself that doing something is better than doing nothing!
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  • Katie October 9, 2014, 5:38 pm

    This is such a great post! I’m the same way, always finding ways to say no when really I just need to get it in when I can. Good work, mama!

  • Mardra October 10, 2014, 4:43 pm

    Finding the “Yes” – absolutely so important to any lifestyle. Rock it!
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  • jill conyers October 10, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Hi from a new reader! Love this and I love your yes and move more attitude!

    I host a weekly link up Fitness Friday. I would love to have you join. You can check out the latest link up here http://jillconyers.com/2014/10/5-things-friday-2/

    Have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Marcia Huston October 11, 2014, 4:11 am

    Came across this; and LOVED it right away. Reading all these “incouragements” gives me the “get up & go” spirit. So many reasons, the same as these ladies. Now just DO IT!!!

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