I know better

I have found that going to the gym has unfortunately been placed on the back burner these past few weeks.  Although going a minimum of three days is still better than none at all, I would rather go five or six times a week. This is what I’m used to, this is what keeps the stress levels down.

When I worked out with my mom in Fort Myers, my day started off at the gym, yep bright and early at 6 a.m. It’s hard to find excuses of not going when you go first thing in the morning. There was no, “I’m too tired,” at the end of the work day.

Although I work from home and make my own schedule, I’m still struggling with putting my work down for a couple of hours to go to the gym. That struggle comes when I look at my white board and see the amount of articles that are due.

I, of course know better. I know that if I do not make time for myself, I become stressed, which has a domino affect on my writing.

I’ve been waking up and going straight to my desk to start working, which I have found turns into a day without going to the gym. I get caught up in writing, editing, interviews and waiting for call backs that my day gets away from me.

I know better, days like this is when I need the gym the most.

The worst part about this is I am a member of a 24-hour gym, so I could really go at any time. With that said, when I put in a full day in my office, my brain becomes so drained that it makes the rest of my body tired as well. It’s sad, but I would rather walk downstairs and unwind in front of the TV, instead of lacing up my running shoes and hitting the gym.

On Wednesday, I started working around 8:30 a.m. The light in my office was not turned off until 7:45 that night. It was a productive day to say the least. I turned in five articles (three to one publication and one each to the other publications I work for), as well as many hours worth of editing for sections I am responsible for doing. My stress level was pretty high that day as I worked towards meeting my deadlines.

I was beyond tired …

Jason of course helped with that stress. He would pop in every once in a while, sometimes bringing yummy treats to brighten my mood. I would also walk downstairs and sit on the couch with him for 5 or 10 minutes to pull myself together again.

My stress level tends to grow, as the need to walk away from my desk and take a break rises. That day, going to the gym would have been helpful, but I couldn’t tear myself away for the fear I wouldn’t meet my deadlines.

So, Thursday I had Jason make sure I was really awake when he said goodbye before heading to work. Although it was hard to get out of bed, leave my warm covers behind, I did it and left the house before 8 that morning. It felt fantastic to start my day off on the right foot, a morning at the gym. I love starting my day off with a run, some weight training and other cardio training.

My spirits tend to stay high when I have that physical exercise in my day.

The best part about all of this was when I arrived back home there was a message waiting on our phone from Jason. He was checking up on me to make sure I did wake up and go to the gym.

It’s always helpful when you get the encouragement you need to get back into your rhythm again.

So, today I continued that trend and started on the right note again. I was out the door a little before 8 this morning. I was on my way to the gym.

I ran 1.5 miles and did more than 6 miles on the bike before ending my workout. On my way home I stopped at the grocery store to replenish my smoothie supplies, as well as grab ingredients for dinner. Today my smoothie was a mix of frozen strawberries, mangos and pineapples with a fresh banana and kiwi with orange juice. It was absolutely delicious, a wonderful treat after a great workout.

I am determined to keep myself on track, yep that means go to the gym first thing in the morning before I sit down at my desk.

When I finally made it to my desk this morning, my stress level remained low as I kept in stride and turned in article after article to my editors. I was also able to connect with some sources to finish three more articles that are due this coming week, articles I was worried I would not be able to finish. So, when Jason leaves for work tomorrow, I will put in those few hours to finish those articles and turn them in, so I can start next week on a clean slate. This of course will happen after another trip to the gym.

Hopefully then on Sunday I can take a day off, the first since the last Sunday of January.

Exercise is an incredible outlet, one that I am so thankful I found all those years ago.

“You Can Do Anything”

“You Can Do Anything.”

This quote has been running through my head ever since this morning when I sat down and interviewed Sabrina for the Herald & Tribune.

There are many obstacles that unfortunately find their way into our lives producing pebbles, rocks, boulders or sometimes mountains to overcome. I have found through my own personal experience, it’s your attitude that shines through, it’s your ability to look at that situation and say “I Can Do Anything.”

No one is stopping your greatest achievements, but yourself.

This single mother of three children unfortunately went through some hardships in life, some difficulties that did not get her down, but rather showed her a new direction where she found some happiness. This outlet of happiness shines through her painting, a self-taught discipline she loves to do when she has spare time, when she needs to escape the stresses of life.

Her story was incredible to hear. It started off with joining the Navy in 1999. She was stationed in Guam and experienced some super typhoons and earthquakes. As a Florida girl, I know about hurricanes, but not natural disasters of this extent. One of the experiences she shared left with her without power and water for 30 days. She said it made her appreciate the ability she had in the United States to leave the area and find shelter. Tha was not an option on Guam because of its isolation in the middle of the Pacific Ocean..

After serving for four years, she pursued the next chapter in life and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing.

All of the obstacles she has faced only made her stronger, only made her want to fight for what she wanted.

“Everyone needs to have goals and something to keep driving them,” she said. “Never give up.”

I was rejuvenated after I left this interview because we shared the same visions – live life and enjoy life. I have been rather happy these last few weeks, on a natural high so to speak because I fought for what I wanted and am slowly making my dreams come true.

backyard67It was a wonderful interview. We laughed many times throughout the 45-minute conversation about both of our personal lives, what we have achieved, what our desires are and the thought process of “we can accomplish anything.”

It’s always wonderful to feed off of someone’s positive energy, especially during an interview. That energy only benefits me when I sit down and write the article because her cheerfulness further enhances the words I use to tell her story.

My first interview as a freelance reporter for the Herald & Tribune could not have gone better. Sitting down face-to-face, rather than doing a phone interview, was wonderful to do again. Yes you can hear the excitement in one’s voice, but to see their expressions and body language is a whole different story.