Commit to Yourself

Day 3: Wednesday, June 11, 2014:

I woke up today and my right arm was numb. I figured it was numb because I had been sleeping on it. So while trying to settle back into sleep, I stretched my arm into full extension and my arm just wasn’t having it. In a sleep fog, I attributed this pain in my arm to it ‘still being asleep’ and I crashed out again.

I woke up shortly thereafter and my arm still hurt. Except this time I realized why it hurt. I am not in pain, I am sore from Crossfit! Ahhhh, it hurts so good.

Slowly, I made my morning drink and shake while moving like the Tin Man before oiling. I glanced at my schedule to see what classes I was teaching or shall I say NOT teaching for the day. Ah, it felt good to not have to teach a million classes. It felt good that I was starting to make sure I had time for me.

Yesterday, I touched upon commitment and wanted to explore it further tonight.

Commitment is honoring oneself. Commitment is saying “NO” to carve out space for YOU. Commitment is doing you so that you can better serve yourself and those around you.

My recent commitments include myself. Yes, that’s right: ME, MYSELF, and I. This commitment to myself includes two things:
1. My 30-Day Super Foods Nutritional Cleanse
2. Daily workouts for ME: Crossfit, yoga, running, etc.

That’s it. So in order for me to make space for me that means attacking my nutrition with intense ferocity and making no excuses. So far, I am doing great and feeling successful with my program. I can feel my body adjusting as my hunger sets in later and I relish how I eat, when I eat, and what I eat.

With respects to my workouts, admittedly I was discouraged yesterday by my progress (or lack thereof) but today I went back for more and performed surprisingly well. There is no quit in me, there can’t be. Bottom line:

“You can have results or excuses, but you cannot have both.”

In order to be the person I want to be inside and out that means I MUST nourish my soul. As a fitness instructor, the best parts of my job are motivating, coaching, inspiring, elevating, and helping others find greatness. But after a while of giving, giving, giving, and giving, I need my cup to be filled, and for me, that replenishment comes from things that fuel my heart and soul: Ass-kicking workouts.

Right now my commitment to myself looks like this: Turning down [some] opportunities to sub classes and maintaining a laser-like focus on my nutrition. What I have also done to ensure I set myself up for success is I have written into my planner when I would like to take fitness classes and/or workout. I think of it as scheduling a daily date with myself. The times on my planner represent sacred time that I simply do not take on classes and that is that–I have committed to myself.

How will you commit to yourself?

4 thoughts on “Commit to Yourself

  1. “But after a while of giving, giving, giving, and giving, I need my cup to be filled”

    Thank you for the much needed reminder!! Also for putting things in perspective, often I feel selfish when I do something that is just for me. What a great reminder that it’s so much harder to give if you are not feeling like a whole person.

    1. It’s funny how it can feel when doing things for yourself. But like I said in the post, make dates with yourself and honor them. In order to serve others, you must serve yourself too :-)

  2. This was a really great post. I was just talking to my friend about this last night. I have such a hard time commiting to me. I need to find the strength and courage to do it every day. Because after so many years of living for three other people I deserve to live for myself.

    1. It can be hard, Nicole but it is SO important. I learn every day that yes the people I love and those that I serve are SO important but in the end I cannot be the best version of myself if I am not healthy mentally, physically, and spiritually. At the end of the post I talk about making a date with yourself–schedule daily time that is sacred for you and honor it. Honoring yourself is the greatest gift you can give to yourself. Start small with maybe uninterrupted time to read a gossip magazine in your living room and as you feel more and more comfortable, expand your dates with yourself to taking walks, fitness classes, or class at the community college. You can do this!

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