I’m not sure if this post is sassy or sappy. Either way, after reading this post, I hope you feel a weight lifted off you. I share a lot of science, a lot of training tips, a lot of nutrition facts, a lot of workouts, etc. on here. When we set goals, we want the resources to achieve them. That is exactly what I always aim to provide on here. Still, it’s okay not to have goals like that. That’s why I’m sharing this post today.
As you know (or if you don’t, this may be quite a shock haha), I am 38 weeks pregnant. Pregnancy is the first time in my life that I’ve experienced physical limitations.
The other day, it took me about 43.66 seconds (that’s a joke but really it was long) to bend down and pick a dumbbell up off the ground; simple reaching to touch the floor doesn’t just happen these days. Needless to say, my workouts have completely slowed down. In fact, they have been that way for several months.
Just a little background… I am someone who loves setting goals, making a plan and taking action. It’s not work for me. I feel my best when I’m setting goals to push myself. Making a plan… don’t even get me started on how much fun I have putting plans in place (color coordinated pens and all lol). Action isn’t always easy but working towards a goal is such a purposeful and passionate way to live.
A few months ago, I was at the gym and about to load up a barbell to hit some back squats. My husband, Anthony came over and said, “babe, I would just squat the bar today.” I agreed backing down was best for both me and baby.
Over the past several months, I’ve gone from back squatting an olympic barbell with added weight to just the bar to my current status: bodyweight squats (and yes, that’s a challenge lol).
Somewhere along that transition, I set my new goal… no goal. I decided to simply go with the flow and remain open to wherever the journey took me.
Now, about that…
It’s no surprise that I insta-stalk you girls on a regular basis. You know that. You catch me all the time lol. From time to time, I’ll see ladies within this community sharing about how they’ve “gotten of track.” Or, I’ll see posts about not working out for awhile.
All of that is perfectly fine! What is not okay… those posts normally have guilty feelings pouring out from between the lines. OR, many times, it’s written right there in black and white.
Let me tell you something. It’s okay if your only goal is no goal. You have my permission! Now, give that same permission to yourself!
You don’t have to defend your actions as to why you missed a workout (or a week’s worth of workouts).
You don’t need to share an excuse as to why you haven’t meal prepped all month.
If you think you’re going to live this healthy lifestyle and never experience a day/week/month where you just don’t feel like working out or eating well, you’re in for a lot of disappointment. It’s happens to all of us.
There’s not much more to say other than it is okay! The real work is in feeling that for yourself.
Pregnancy has shown me all of this firsthand. My “no goal” goal inspired this post because I want you to always know that whether you are in your most serious season with your health and fitness goals or whether workouts aren’t even crossing your mind… you’re still an LG Sister!
This community is about support, empowerment, enjoyment, love and living real life while connecting with each other.
We are here for each other through the good, the bad, the times we are in the game and the times we are focusing more on other areas of our lives. Never forget that!
Also, there is a lot of beauty in breaks from health and fitness whether it’s just a weekend or a few months.
Lately, I feel a spark and passion for training and cooking like I haven’t felt since I first began. I love this lifestyle.. I truly do. There’s just something about a break that makes you appreciate healthy living and all the benefits even more.
For me, this summer is going to be like LG day 1 in the gym circa 2007 lol. I can’t wait to share all my excitement with you through amazing content, posts, videos, etc. but I also want you to know that if you’ll be in a no goal goal phase, that’s perfectly okay!
You don’t owe anyone an excuse or justification. Enjoy the phase you’re in. And know, you’ll always have your sisterhood supporting you!
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