Tis the season for fitness ads

They find you. On social media, billboards, and commercials. Fitness ads are EVERYWHERE!

Even though these ads are meant to encourage people to buy gym memberships or insanely priced stationary bikes for your home, this can do the opposite to many people.

Lately I’ve had gentle and not-so-gentle lessons about the win, work, and do it all mentality. I want to do great at work, still run my side hustle as a yoga instructor, cuddle with my dog, exercise, read my many self-help books, be a good friend and partner, cuddle more with my dog, meal prep for the week, take care of my family, go to my doctor appointments, and cuddle the shit out of my dog.

So when those fitness ads pop up on my screen, I’m filled with guilt because I haven’t had time to exercise like I want to. Plus I’m still dealing with injury that is preventing me from doing the things I love like running. And this all piles up to a heavy weight on my shoulders.

You are exhausted. You need ZERO reminders that you don’t have time to do it all.

So when those ads pop up, I challenge you to say “thank you.” Yea, I’m weird but stick with me here.
Say thank you. Even thinking about it brings a bit of calm eh? When you just show a tidbit of gratitude, you automatically diffuse the negative thoughts that are boiling right under the surface.

Next, forgive yourself. You are human and absolutely cannot do it all! Trust me, I’ve been trying for like two decades. I give you permission to not be “on” all the time. I trust that you are doing your best and your best is ENOUGH.

And if you are like me and suuuuper stubborn, phone a friend. Have them tell you these things.
Pick a friend that you believe.

And if you’d like, I have a ton of self-help books that are incredible 😉

I don’t need to tell you that this can be a tough time of year. I do want to tell you that I think you are special. That I’m glad this world has you in it. That I know you are loved and appreciated. And if you made it this far, I know you are curious to see if I’m going to mention how much I love my freakin dog again! Or you’re my mom…

Take a deep breath with me. Say a WAHOO! Let those commercials and ads roll on like the overpriced pedals on that bike.

Take good care of you my friend.

Hugs and High Fives,

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