Strong women in hearts, minds, and bodies!
In preparing for our upcoming 5K, I have encountered some obstacles and challenges, even in getting my weekly blog post written and scheduled! I will not let these things derail me from the initial goal of getting myself conditioned and ready to face our upcoming 5K or the final goal of ultimately becoming a healthier me. I am keeping on keeping on. . . so to speak. I hope that you are too. :-)
One of the biggest blessings in being the fitness enthusiast in our community is learning how I can best encourage myself to seek out ways to add in more exercise to my daily life... and just this past week I was able to experience the joy and fun of exercising in community by taking a walk with two new PCOS friends at the Mall!
Most ladies that I know are more than willing to have a spa day, a trip to the movies, a date out to eat, or an excursion to the mall to shop and hang out with their friends; not many ladies I know are in the mood to exercise in general and especially not when they could relax with a latte rather than sweat it out together chugging on a water bottle - but, why not?
It's a known fact that we are a people influenced by peer pressure and that we become more and more like the people who make up our inner circle of relationships. I for one am more than happy to go with the flow most of the time and am willing to tag along with a group, not with any special plan or Type A goals in mind. I enjoy the occasional night out with friends and a recharging of my friendship batteries when I can leave the cares behind and just enjoy making memories with those I love.
In taking time to think about this a little bit more I realize that there have been many times when I've wondered if it's time to shake things up a little bit, think out of the box, and look for ways to spend time together and make the time count in a more positive way. I am not suggesting that we go into a visit with pals or family loudly announcing that we are not going to allow us to get lazy or pack on more pounds - - - we are going to exercise y'all! Not at all - but hear me out!
In taking the time to meet these precious ladies at the Mall and work on a common goal together, I learned of the power to be found in simply working together and being in a more positive frame of mind. There is power in numbers. We feed off of each other's positive energy and shared experiences. I could have gone to the Mall alone, walked for that hour+ by myself, and still gotten in a good workout, but, I would have missed something I can't even describe to you. I left my workout with an uplifted spirit, a more positive mindset, and a heart that was touched by the power of friendship, although the three of us had never met until that day.
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*Please note that I am not a medical professional. I am not qualified to give out any medical advice. I am a woman with PCOS who is sharing my personal experiences in this blog and I advise you to consult a professional.*