Slow and Steady


Does it mean that I have officially accepted fall if I brought out my fall d├ęcor, hung up my wreath and set up my scarecrow?

I guess so.

Although I couldn’t find any canned pumpkin at the grocery store yesterday. What’s up with that? Pumpkin is needed all year round.

Initially, I wanted to boycott the arrival of fall for as long as I could because 1) the summer went by way too quickly, 2) I really cannot stand being cold, and 3) I’m a beach girl who loves dresses and bright colors.

Buuuut when I walked up my front steps towards the door yesterday, I had a strong desire to pull out my fall decorations, drink a pumpkin spice latte, and shop at Pottery Barn.

And yes, I know there are a few more days till it is technically fall. But it’s chilly, overcast, and my instinct is to wear boots. It’s fall.

Remember my switch up challenge? I haven’t forgotten about that, I promise.

My 4 week plan turned into 5 due to the arrival of a precious baby and fighting cold germs that set me back a week.

But I am now going to ease back into weight training at the gym as part of my weekly workouts, starting….tonight!
I have loved the change in my workout routine and have especially loved coming straight home from work and exercising at home without any extra driving time. But I know it will be good for me to spend a few days out of the week focusing on strength training at the gym, to keep that variety in my workouts.
Overall I have been really pleased with the Insanity videos and the yoga that I have been learning. I have definitely seen an increase in my cardiovascular endurance and flexibility, but I still have so far to go.
That’s the cool thing about physical fitness; you’ve never mastered all there is to know and do. It’s not a one time thing (although I often wish it were). It’s an on going process, that you really have to work at.
Good, healthy results are results that you have worked for over time. They develop at a healthy pace as you build muscle and burn fat slowly but steadily. That my friends, is how it becomes a lifestyle, not a crash diet that occurs once every spring.
The more I learn and understand this, the healthier I feel and become, and the more confident I feel about my body type and how I look.
We got what we were given, and that’s what we have to work with. No one is perfect, and we should never obsess about making ourselves look a certain way.
It’s all about balance and living a healthy lifestyle; challenging our self along the way to learn more and push harder to achieve what we never thought we could.
Like so many things in life, it’s about the journey, not just the final destination.
“Slow and steady wins the race.” I’ve always loved that motto… probably because I’m not a runner and definitely am not fast when I try. But no ones mad.
Have you been challenging yourself to try a new work out routine, or push yourself harder? How has it been going for you? I’d love to hear :).