How I Started Consistently Working Out

Happy Monday, everyone! If you’re off for Labor Day, I hope you’re enjoying it!

I’m coming to you today with a slightly different post than my usual material and that is how I started consistently working out.

When COVID-19 really started impacting our area in March, and schools closed, I suddenly had more free time than ever before. Like everyone, I went through various stages during quarantine, but one of those stages that stuck was exercising.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m not a fitness expert, but I am a creature of routine, so I want to explain some things that helped me, in the hopes that it’ll encourage you.

  1. Have an attainable goal. Everyone’s body is different; therefore, everyone’s fitness journey is different. By having a goal in mind, this will allow you to better tailor your workouts to those needs. In April, I made a goal to workout out 5 days a week. My objective was not to lose weight but to simply move my body. By having a goal that I can actually achieve, and by keeping track of my progress, it’s easier to stay motivated.

2. Lay your clothes out the night before. Since school started back, and my wake up time has gotten a lot earlier, I’ve discovered that the less effort I have to put into preparing to workout in the mornings, the better. Yes, I lay in bed for a few minutes when my alarm goes off, but when I do get up, my clothes and shoes are waiting for me.

3. Change up your workouts. If you do the same thing every day, the chances of getting burned out increases. Since I started this journey, I’ve gone through phases where I’ve run, done yoga, completed dance workout videos, and worked on strength training. YouTube is a treasure chest of workout videos. Find some that work for you, and don’t be afraid to try something new. This is my current favorite fitness channel.

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4. Show yourself grace. As previously stated, we’re all at a different point on our fitness journey. Even if you have goals, sometimes life happens. If you get off track, that’s totally fine! Just get back on when you’re ready.

5. Involve others. I told Daniel early on about my goals, and he was very supportive of them. Sometimes, he, Isaac, and I will go for walks on the weekends, which is great family time, yet counts toward my exercising goals. With social media and interactive fitness equipment, it’s also easy to join communities and have that accountability that we all seem to need.

6. Starting is the hardest part, but you’ll be so glad when you do! My friend, Emily, has a blog called Joy in the Light, and she likes to say, “Nothing changes if nothing changes.” She is absolutely right! Once you get into a routine, whether it’s exercising five days a week or two, the more you do it the easier it’ll be. Then, when you do see those positive changes in your body, and others do, too, you’ll be motivated to keep on moving forward (pun intended).

7. Have fun! The only wrong way to exercise is to not exercise. Find what works for you and what you enjoy doing. During the summer, I enjoyed running, but over time, it got less fun, so I stopped. Right, now I’m enjoying strength training because I like the definition that is appearing, as a result. I also recommend having something to listen to as you workout. I have an Audible account and enjoy listening to audiobooks, and these bluetooth headphones have been a game changer. Maybe you’re interested in podcasts or simply listening to music. I’ve discovered that if I can occupy my mind with something besides working out, the process is more enjoyable.

I hope this motivates you to move your body today! Let me know if you have any other tips.

Sarah

Let’s Do This!

white dress / statement earrings

Hi, everyone! My name is Sarah Holt, and I’m so glad you stopped by my blog. This is an endeavor I’ve wanted to embark on for a while, and after receiving encouragement from various places, here we are!

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My husband, Daniel, and I have been married for almost five years. He is a full time pastor and a talented musician. I constantly tell him how many wrinkles I’ve gotten, since we got married, but fortunately those fine lines are due to constant smiling, so I “wear” them with pride.

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Our son, Isaac, is almost two, which is hard to believe. Our inspiration behind his name comes from the Bible. Isaac was Sarah’s son, so it was fitting for us. He is “all boy” as they say and constantly keeps us on our toes. We wouldn’t have it any other way, though!

I want my blog to be an encouraging and inspiring place for women. That seems to be a notion the world has forgotten and social media hasn’t helped matters. As a Christian and high school English teacher, I believe part of my job is to lift others up. Whether that’s telling my teenage students that they are valued and loved or helping other Christians fight through spiritual warfare, that’s what I want this site to be about.

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Finally, I have a passion for fashion and believe it’s important to keep it classy when getting dressed, hence the name of my blog. I want women to know that they don’t have to show skin or keep up with the latest trends to feel beautiful. The Lord made each of us wonderfully unique, and I want to remind women of that. I also hope to offer affordable outfit inspiration and help others be the best versions of themselves, both inside and outside.

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I’m excited to see where this adventure leads!

Sarah