I found this “Don’t be a basic witch” tank on a Target run that was supposed to be one of those quick trips. My first thought was “Where an I wear this because I know I can’t wear it to school.” I instinctively knew it was going to be a workout shirt. Wow, it is November 1st today! How did that happen? I feel like fall just got here so it should be the beginning of October, not November. I hope everyone had a great Halloween! I spent mine running errands with my friend Lauren to get ready for our upcoming craft shows; we bought a bunch of new material to make the cutest blankets. I’m so excited about them!
I had a different idea for how I wanted to write this blog post/style this tank but decided on another direction because something has been on my mind for some time that has been frustrating for me. I figured the day after Halloween was a good time after we all have spent the days leading up to it eating all sorts of candy. So here it goes.
This issue bothers every year at the beginning of the new school year and the start of another soccer season. Finding time to work out. How do I fit working out into an already jam packed schedule? Between the new school year starting where I teach a new class each year (I flip-flop between 7th grade and 8th grade math replacement classes), the soccer season, tutoring, and blogging my days are packed until 10 pm each night. It always seems like excuse after excuse as to why I cannot workout but I am legitimately exhausted by the end of the day. I have tried the 5 am wake up call to work out and was crashing by 7th period; forget trying to function at soccer practice and tutoring after practice. Where do I find the time?
I am the type of girl that needs to work out. If I don’t work out, I put on weight easily, even if I’m watching what I eat. I’m going to be 100% real with you, by the time the end of the school day is done, I’m STARVING because my lunch is at 11:30. I pack a healthy snack, usually a Kashi bar or a Special K bar (they’re healthy right?) but I’m hungry again when practice is over and then stuff my face at dinner. At dinner, you can count of me having a piece of cheese because I LOVE cheese; the will power to cut it out of my diet is just non-existent (believe me, I’ve tried). I mean, I am my father’s daughter to a T! That includes the needing to workout to maintain weight and our love of food.
When I workout, I feel better. I miss the feeling of being sore. I miss sweating. I miss feeling good after a hard workout. All of these feelings will come back again, I know, because the soccer season just ended. I will be able to create a routine again and figure out how to incorporate my workouts into my day. But the feeling still remains throughout the year; there is always some event/time period that will interrupt my flow, i.e the holidays or spring break. I have always struggled with my weight and sort of opened up about it in this post. I have never been 100% comfortable in my body and over the past two years I have learned to love my body and what workouts work for me and which don’t.
There is a big difference in me when I work out and when I do not. I do feel healthier, more energized, and I am able to handle stressful situations better. When I cannot fit working out into my schedule, I get stressed more easily with everything ranging from school stuff to my blog to my time management.
I don’t want this to seem like I’m complaining and looking for sympathy because that is the exact opposite. This has been an honest struggle that I have been trying to work on and has been affecting me. On social media we all post the pretty pictures and rarely do you see the other side of things. I know there are others out there who struggle trying to fit certain things into their schedule whether it is finding the time to work out, meal prep, enjoy a hobby, etc. I know for me, my year goes through peaks and valleys with being able to have a consistent schedule for working out; I have to learn how to go with the flow more and understand that as well as being comfortable in my own skin.
I just wanted to share a little bit about my struggles because this is me. My blog is me: my style, my travels (where I’ve been and where I want to go), and my struggles. I love working out; I’ve posted a couple outfits here, here, and here. Working out is a part of my life and it’s a struggle for me when it isn’t because it absolutely affects my attitude and positivity (does that make sense?).
Thank you for taking the time to read this. I’d love to hear how you guys fit things that are important to you into your schedule when you feel like you do not have the time.