I hope your 2016 has been going splendid so far. The #kaylamovement started this week and it has rocked! Seeing all the amazing inspirational women on Instagram has helped to keep me motivated during the recent cold mornings when that last thing I want to do is get up and workout. In the winter the last thing I want to do at 5 a.m. is get out of my warm bed and workout. Brr. I hate that though because I really enjoy morning workouts. I can’t wait for summer and nice weather again so I can jump out of bed and get to it.
You might be thinking, “What in the world is The Kayla Movement?” Well good thing you asked because I can answer that question. The Kayla Movement is a ‘movement’ announced by Bikini Body Guide (BBG) creator Kayla Itsines. She announced that on January 5, 2016, herself and anyone who wants to join her will be starting BBG 1.0 from the beginning. This would create the largest worldwide exercise experience. YAY! So far it has been awesome. Since I am almost through BBG 1.0 I decided to just keep on with it, complete the guide and start BBG 1.0 over. I am presently in week nine and it has been brutal. Kayla really turned up the intensity.
Another thing I have focused on so far this year has been my 2016 goals. Up until this year I never gave much thought or consideration to them. I feel like I spent a lot of my adulthood so far just going with the flow of things and taking what comes my way and making the best of it. I realize now that while flexibility is an important trait to have that it isn’t helping me pursue or achieve things that I have wanted to accomplish for a while. Has anyone else been making ‘goal lists’ at the beginning of the year but all the goals you wrote down are actually to-do’s?
If you have, know you aren’t alone. I realized that all my ‘goals’ where actually to-do’s. Things that I needed to do regularly but was being lazy about or things that I knew I could accomplish with little to no effort. When I realized this I knew I had to change that. I tossed out the first list and took some serious time to reflect on what I wanted. I feel like goals should be things you work towards that might scary you, that might be really hard or that you have absolutely no idea how you are going to do them. Those are the things that I want to take on this year. That one scary thing that I have talked myself into and out of for the past eight years has been going back to school.
This goal really scares me. It’s a big one! I haven’t been in school since 2010 and up until November of 2015 I kept making excuses for why I couldn’t do it. I went through a whole list of negative self talk but, then I took a step back and said, “Debbie, you are the only one who is holding yourself back. You keep saying you want this but then go about tearing down everything.” I see now that was because I wasn’t ready. I still needed to do some things before I made a commitment to go back to school. Now, I’m ready. I applied to a local school and I am waiting to see if I am accepted. I am not ready to publicly discuss what I am pursuing. I will talk more about that in later posts and after I find out if I get into the program.
I feel like a lot of this newly found courage and self-confidence I have has come from starting BBG. You might be rolling your eyes right now but let me explain. I feel that by sticking with this program for the past nine weeks I have gained strength, a positive mindset, courage and self-confidence. I have shown myself that by working hard I can achieve things I’ve wanted to achieve for a while. I think I needed a little self-confidence to help me gain the courage and positive mindset to not only keep working out to stay healthy and fit but, to pursue my goals and dreams that I thought for a long time were unattainable and that I wasn’t good enough to have.
I know that the road ahead is going to be hard. Oh gosh, I know that! But I am ready for this. I feel like I have gone through everything I have to prepare me for this next step.