Planning is a funny thing. Like for example, I originally planned to share a recap of Whole 30 this week. You know, a before & after photo, some of my highlights, some of my challenges, how I overcame those challenges, etc. Well guys…I didn’t make it to day thirty. If I’m being 100% candid – I didn’t make it past day five. And that’s a hard thing to type because that means I failed.
I’m learning more and more that sometimes it’s okay to fail. It’s okay to still be a damn work in progress.
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Let me give you a little background. A little over a month ago, I wrote up a huge post on why I was starting Whole 30 again. You can read the full post here. For the most part, I was looking for a little structure to help get me back on track to a healthier me. I started off strong. Did a HUGE grocery haul. Meal prepped and froze snacks for two weeks. I even started doing two a day work outs. After day four, I just stopped. Out of nowhere. I didn’t have a cheat meal and then put everything on pause until the next week. I didn’t take a few days off and easy my way back into it. I literally just woke up the next day and wasn’t doing it anymore.
Maybe I was starting too quickly and going from 0 to 100. Maybe my heart wasn’t in it. Maybe I needed some extra motivation. Whatever the reason, I just sorta failed. And I beat myself up pretty much every day. Every day I wasn’t going to a spin class or eating one of the frozen meals I had stored away, I just felt like complete shit.
That changed recently. Before I get into it, I’m not here to say that we should start giving up on #allthethings and getting totally lazy. But I have come to realize that, surprise, I’m not perfect and I’m going to constantly be a work in progress. Sometimes that means failing at something or realizing you could have done something 100x better. Sometimes that means starting over or setting new goals. And hello, that’s O-K.
So what am I working on right now? Finding the motivation to prioritize my health. I only get one body and I don’t treat it the way I should. But no amount of IG “fit-stagrams” or diets or free workout classes are going to get me there. Lauren (that’s me) is the only one that can do it – and that’s what I’m working towards. So I’m starting out slow. I’m trying to eat a few Whole30 compliant or healthier meals each day. I’m planning to get in 3-4 workouts each week. I’m trying to keep my confidence up and put myself first in all things mental, emotional and physical. I’m giving myself short term goals that I can work towards and then celebrating the wins.
And guess what, I’ll probably fail or fall down a few times along the way but DAMN do I feel so much better knowing that it’s okay to still be that work in progress.
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This is something I’m trying to apply to all aspects of my life. My health is a focus, but my blog and business are two things that can tend to get me alllll the way down. Comparison is a fickle bee-yotch and so is not making as much money as you’d hope for. But guess what, I am still growing every. single. day. And that’s exciting. Fingers crossed I never peak and stop growing. My blog. My business. My relationships. They’re all a work in progress and I’ve never been more excited about that means for the future than I am right NOW.
So cheers to not being perfect and working on ourselves 24/7, ladies !
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