If it brings you joy....

Updated: Dec 6, 2020

I have always, always been a huge Gilmore Girls fan. (I will slowly, slow reveal how I am v. basic, but please don’t discount me yet!) This week, the scene in A Year in the Life, kept popping into my head. In the scene, Lorelai stumbles upon Emily, Marie Kondoing her house. Movers are taking all the things away in the background as Emily explains to Lorelai, “If it brings you joy, you keep it, and if it doesn’t, out it goes.”

“If it brings you joy, you keep it, and if it doesn't, out it goes.”

However, the scene does not end there. And I love how it progresses. Emily has essentially told the movers to get rid of everything in her house, and as Lorelai sees them taking out Emily’s kitchen table and chairs, Lorelai reminds her that some things don’t bring her joy, but there are some things that she needs. Lorelai urges Emily to re-examine what she should get rid of and when.

The Fitness Connection

I feel that this is a good juxtaposition with fitness. Fitness is necessary to a functional life. It is a need. However, for a lot of people, they haven’t been able to find the joy in fitness, so it’s often the first thing off of the to-do-list or completely in the trash. Honestly, these thoughts have been bouncing through my head this week because life came at me fast. In all the busy-ness, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to fit in everything, so I had to tweak my workout plan. I tried to find ways to be active. Simple bodyweight moves while I studied. Stretching when playing with my boys on the floor. Taking the dogs on a walk. Chasing my sons around outside.

“Over time, I have accepted the busy times are only seasons.”

Over time, I have accepted that busy times with exercise dearth or adaptations are only seasons because I first found something that I enJOYed. And my first fitness love came in the form of running.

Running checked all the right boxes for me. [Full disclosure: I was/am NOT a pro runner. I am also not built to be a good runner. I have some of the flatest feet out there, but for some reason, running clicked with me.] The joy of pushing my body longer than I thought possible. The satisfaction of being sweaty and tired after a hard run. The time to myself to think through life. Being up close and personal to nature. Learning new routes and appreciating the journey. If I wanted, running was also time to socialize or listen to music. Running became my release and my escape. This revelation eventually evolved, but running, something I enJOYed, started my path toward a fit life.

I didn’t run cross country long, but the lessons from it have lasted me through high school, college, Teach for America, having two boys, and starting a new career. Eventually, I realized that a good run wasn’t the only way to feel a release and an escape. Plus, I have had other goals along the way, and I try to adapt my methods in order to reach my targets. For example, this picture to the left shows how sweaty I got after finishing a home HIIT workout (more on that to come!).

I think the biggest break through I have had was finding something I loved to do to be active. If I hadn’t found something that I enJOYed, I don’t think I would be where I am today. Granted, some days, working out seems like absolute drudgery, but that’s normal. That’s life. Once I found a process I enJOYed, all of the other benefits were more and more apparent, which has made it easier to stay active.

If you haven't found your JOY yet, there is something out there. And I love a challenge. So use the form at the bottom to contact me, and we'll make something work. ~Amy

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