Written by Rachelle

This year I'm focusing on finding balance and being kinder and more gentle with myself. Like so many, I too, have gained some quarantine weight (10 lbs to be exact). But instead of beating myself up over it (like I would have in the past), I've decided to approach health and fitness in a different way in 2021. 

Here's how:    

  • Accepting myself unconditionally. Learning to accept my new body and actually being 100% okay with it is something that I have to work on daily. Reciting positive affirmations has helped a lot in this area! Buying clothes that actually fit me has also helped!¬†

  • Breaking up with my diet. I've spent most of my adult life (I'm 33) being on some type of diet, and honestly, this girl needs a break! In recent years, I've been doing WW (formerly known as weight watchers) and was really successful with the program pre-pandemic. Since the pandemic, I've found it difficult to stay on track consistently. I'd have weeks of healthy eating followed by not-so-stellar weeks full of takeout. This yo-yo'ing was really exhausting - both mentally and physically. So for the time-being, I'm tossing diets out the window and focusing on making healthy choices without concrete rules & restrictions. As they say, everything in moderation :)¬†

  • Moving my body (in some capacity) everyday. Before the pandemic struck, I was all about the in-person group fitness classes. I did spin, barre, and hot yoga multiple times a week. When 'rona reared her nasty head, gyms were forced to close and suddenly we were all left to our own devices to do workouts at home. There was so much fitness content being created online in March/April 2020 (remember that?) and it was just... a lot. On the verge of giving up on fitness completely due to extreme decision fatigue, I opted to change my approach to fitness as a whole instead. First, I started using the phrase "move my body" instead of "workout". This instantly removed the pressure of having to do a hardcore workout everyday. Second, I realized that I'm a "low impact" kinda girl and that's a-okay with me (see ya never, boot camp classes!). I currently have a subscription to Barre3's online classes. I really love their low impact classes and would highly recommend! In terms of frequency, here's what my current fitness routine looks like:¬†

  • Monday: 30 minute barre class
  • Tuesday: 30 minute peloton class
  • Wednesday: 30 minute barre class
  • Thursday: 30 minute peloton class
  • Friday: rest day
  • Saturday: 30 minute barre class + 30 minute peloton class
  • Sunday: 30 minute barre class + 30 minute peloton class

So there you have it, friends, my new and improved approach to health and wellness for 2021. I know a lot of you are in the same boat as me and I'm here to tell you, it's going to be okay. Remember, small steps everyday. 

- Rachelle