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.