I feel like the last few weeks have been amazing. I can't begin to explain how good it feels to remove a major stressor out of your life. I few weeks ago, I left my job. I had a decent job, but I wasn't doing anything I enjoy. As time passed, I kept thinking of how much of a disservice I was doing to myself. Believe it or not, I am the first in my family to graduate college. And I completed school while being married and being a mother.
I can't begin to explain how many people told me I would fail and never finish school with a baby. I did it. It was hard. I will not lie. I lost a lot of valuable time with my daughter early on. I did it with her in mind though. I wanted her to grow up and know that she can complete her education no matter what. Considering no one in my family had ever gone to college, it was essential to provide that foundation. My daughter ended up spending a lot of time with my mom, who was an immense help. I worked full-time and went to school.
I tell you all of this because it was all of this that made me decide to carve a new path in my life. I busted my butt to get an education and I was doing nothing that resembled that education.
Why is all of this important you may ask, well, because I am happier then ever. Am I making less money then my previous job, yes. Are things a bit more unstable because I am self-employed now, yes. Amazingly, I am the least stressed that I have been in the last 6+ years of my life.
And guess what else has been happening, the weight I have been carrying metaphorically and literally is coming off. I am working out. But there have been points in my life where I have worked out more without results. Within the last two weeks, I lost another 3 pounds. I know I have lost inches because my clothes are fitting better.
Working out and eating right is important, however there is something to be said about how you feel on the inside. I can safely say now that stress and unhappiness play a huge role in your weight loss goals. For those of you out there on a similar journey, I recommend you check your feelings. Are you stressed? Depressed? Unhappy? Those things may be hindering your goals. You may need to reevaluate and see how you align your fitness and health goals on the inside and outside.
Alright, enough of that, here is how my week turned out:
Feb. 4 - Coaching class (did some running and light weights)
Feb. 5 - Track 2.5-miles
Feb. 6 - 2.7 miles
Feb. 7 - Strength workout
Feb. 8 - Off
Feb. 9 - Dirty Girl Mud Run
Feb. 10 - Off
Other things that happened this week, I had a great time at the Dirty Girl Mud Run and I completed my running coach certification, both of which I will be posting about soon.
Have you ever removed a stressor from your life and realized a difference in your health?