Whenever I take a break from exercise, I am quickly and decisively reminded why I work out regularly in the first place. I do not function well without it. Darkness clouds my thinking, I don't feel connected to writing, I almost feel numb. It's terrible.
I am so grateful Kim texted me Thursday morning and asked me if I wanted to meet her to do the workout together. My mind said "heck no!" but my mouth said YES! I walked in still feeling foggy, with the intention to basically half ass it and simply go through the motions. Then that first rep hit me like a lightning bolt to the brain.
Oh yes, THIS! I was only away for a week and a half, but this! I suddenly felt a surge of power and added some weight. I wanted to cry, I was so happy. Legs curls. Seated pulldowns. Skullcrushers. Plank. Ahhh!! My mojo was back. My power was turned back on. All it had taken was an hour of lifting.
I met with a new client recently and my conversation with her inspired me, as well. Her relationship status had recently changed, and she found herself attending happy hour pretty regularly. I understand that. I can only take so many nights at home before I start getting loopy, and nights out with friends helps a lot. But between the drinks and appetizers, she said she had gained weight. So I started thinking about that term: happy hour.
What makes it happy hour at the bar besides half off prices? Friends and a little alcohol-induced relaxation. Trust me, I'm all for that in moderation. But not at the expense of missing my true happy hour: fitness. I started getting over my loneliness and into my empowerment when I prioritized my happy hours with fitness first. That first rep, that lightning bolt to the brain. Alcohol can't hold a candle to that feeling for me.
When fitness and friendship are combined, well, that is truly my happy hour. Whether I am out walking the Highbanks trails, lifting at the studio, at a class or on a run with a friend, this is my winning combo. This is what pulls me out of my funk, refills my mojo, and turns the power back on. It always has.
My job is to remember that, and to come back every time, over and over. As quickly as possible. So I can return to being the very best me that there is.