Well HELLO lovely people! I haven’t posted since…last Thursday. Yikes. Then with the holiday last weekend, Sarah and I decided to take a week off from the linkup. But I’ve been busy! Since recovering from my respiratory virus (yuck) I went to NYC, enjoyed a wonderful 4th of July, and worked my butt off at my job. Between all that, sadly, there was hardly any time for blogging.
BUT I’m back with this amazing yet simple striped top and distressed jeans. And alas, I’m lamenting that I don’t have abs like these anymore.
Photography by Dave Mentzer
Can we just say a quick RIP to my abs? They were amazing in these pics that I took awhile ago. I was going to the gym 4-5 times a week, and lots of cardio, and eating SO WELL. But getting sick meant that I skipped the gym, ate what I wanted, and to make a long story short I put on some pounds. I’m not thrilled about it, but I will get back to my usual self in a couple of weeks.
I left a message on my gym’s Facebook page asking the coaches for some guidance on how to get back into it after you’re been gone for awhile. I said that I felt like I had lost so much strength in the past couple of weeks, and that I am feeling kind of scared, weak, and disappointed, even though I know it happens to the best of us. One of my coaches replied with some wisdom, and I’m just gonna quote him here because I found it so motivating and true (I will highlight my fave parts). He said:
I used to experience this all the time when I was in the Navy and getting started with CrossFit- I would feel like I was *finally* getting #gainz, then I’d go to sea for a month and feel like I lost everything. What I’ve found in my experience is that the first week (sometimes two) is always the hardest – and since it’s such a mental defeat coming in and not being where you were when you stopped, I simply set “showing up” as my goal for the class. I find that when I allow myself to “show up and not try” I lower my expectations for the class and feel pretty good with my relative under-performance. After a week or two, change your mindset back to: “Show up and kick ass” and you’ll surpass where you were in no time!
Isn’t that awesome? The day I saw his reply I got my butt back into the gym and committed to just showing up. Once I was there, I felt amazing and hit a push jerk personal record. Crazy.
I’m skipping favorites for the link-up this week, I hope you don’t mind. But I am always inspired by the outfits and posts you link-up. While I currently don’t have the time I would like to comment on all your posts (maybe in the future I will) I do click on the links and visit your posts! So thank you for your commitment to our community!