Life + Faith

Savoring Simplicity

I’ve been thinking a lot about simplicity lately.

Well, actually I’ve been thinking about how I feel completely overwhelmed with all the things I’m being told I should be doing to lose weight and stay healthy. It’s my own fault for letting social media have far too much input into my own plan of action, but most days after scrolling through Twitter and Facebook I feel like I will never be able to keep up with everyone else and all the newest moves, groves, supplements, powders, bars, vitamins, shoes, eating plans, smoothies, faster running times, cardio, weights, HIIT, TRX, Crossfit, gadgets, Gadgets, GADGETS, apps, Apps, APPS, bigger, Faster, STRONGER, MORE, MORE, MORE!!!

Wow, just writing that out makes me feel a little anxious.

Am I alone in feeling like this?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m on board with setting ever-increasing goals, challenging ourselves, and definitely trying new things, but some days I feel like I’m just living in a huge marketing campaign that has me spinning in circles trying to make sure I don’t miss anything, lest I be left behind in the proverbial workout dust.

I have come to realize that some people are amazing at doing 20 things all at the same time, and are happy to do it all. They may even consider it simple. It turns out I am not one of those people.

Simplicity to me is exactly what my blog titles says: Dancing, lifting weights, and running. I will add to that, eating real foods. I don’t want to count calories, or points, or grams, or ounces. And I most definitely don’t want to spend 3 hours a day working out. Goodness gracious, no!! I don’t care if it will take me three times as long to lose the weight.

Dancing make me happy; I don’t care if it’s too much cardio.

Lifting weights makes me feel strong; I don’t care about finding the “perfect” circuit.

Running is freeing; I don’t run for time though – I just hate speed walking. No really. I love slow leisure walks, but why-oh-why would you just walk fast when you can run free?! ;)

I guess what I’m trying to say is that I’m tired of not being true to myself because I’m afraid it’s not good enough for me to fit into my community of health and fitness bloggers.

I am who I am, and if I can’t embrace that, then no one else will either.

The odd thing is, it’s not always so simple to embrace simplicity, but I sure am going to try.

 

 

 

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8 Comments

  • Reply Alan Ali November 5, 2012 at 6:13 am

    I def can reconize with this! At the end of the day you gotta do what works for you and forget about the rest!

    :)

    • Reply Tiffany November 5, 2012 at 10:16 pm

      You are one of the people I thought of that does their own thing and does it well! :)

  • Reply Patty November 5, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I agree with you 100%! I’m one of those people that want to try everything and I still haven’t found what works for me. My issue is all emotional. Grief creaps in when you least expect it and the loss my city suffered this past weekend is too much. I am sucked into hours of news and feeling so helpless because I can’t do anything to help (except donate) for fear of running out of gas for my car. Something I need to conserve in case my mom, sister or I have an emergency. It’s been a weird week here and I’m trying to stay positive and find my way.

    I’ve turned off the social media noise and going to figure out what works for me. We all hit our breaking point and in the end we need to find what works for us. :) Love that you are finding that for yourself. xoxo

    • Reply Tiffany November 5, 2012 at 10:25 pm

      Still sending you lots of love Patty! I can’t imagine the stress everyone is under right now. I’m glad you’re figuring out what works for you too. :) <3

  • Reply Molly November 5, 2012 at 3:13 pm

    I’m right there with ya. Every time I’ve tried to follow some program or generally do what anyone else does, I’ve failed. Then I’m mad at myself and the whole negative self talk cycle starts which is a big part of how I got to this point anyway!

    • Reply Tiffany November 5, 2012 at 10:29 pm

      Oh yes, the negative self talk cycle is a huge part of why I need to simplify! I hope you find what works for you, and we can both outwit the negativity. :)

  • Reply Mona November 6, 2012 at 10:29 am

    Being an overstresser that I am, I agree with all this. There are so many people out there telling you do it this way, no do it this way, no no that wrong you should be doing it this way… GAH! Sometimes you just need to step back and say, “thanks, but I’ll be doing it my way.” YOU GO GIRL!!

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