A Sense of Accomplishment
My happiness list begins with the following: A sense of accomplishment. I love the feeling of setting goals and meeting or exceeding those goals. That sense of accomplishment makes me happy. There are many things that give me a sense of accomplishment. However, the one thing I decided to do was focus on enjoying a fit body! I love feeling strong and fit but, over the years, I have let my fitness slip away and failed to maintain an exercise regimen. The good news is regaining a sense of fitness does not take long but keeping it up is certainly a challenge. Of course, I have devised a plan.
Morning Glory Fitness Plan
I have participated in many fitness programs in the past. I even know how to bring myself back from a fitness slump. I don’t recommend that anyone start a fitness program without consulting their doctor. My doctor had already checked me out this year and cleared me for exercise. I am healthy, with no reason not to increase my daily activity. Normally, I am content to get in a 30 minute walk every other day or so. This was sufficient but it was not enough to make me feel fit and it was not challenging. I could do more.
This week, I implemented the Morning Glory Fitness Plan. In July, sunrise is at 6:08 am and the temperature is an amazing 72 degrees! Around 6: 15 am, the bright rays from the sun act as a silent alarm clock, gently nudging me awake. It’s a great time to get up and get going. I never use my backyard but was inspired by my Instagram friend and mother of two, @viannajenise, who often uses her backyard for weight training, cardio and trimming her core. This morning I used my backyard to set up five exercise stations. The stations included a mat and fitness ball for core, kettle bell for whole-body strengthening, free weights and an exercise bar.
Consistency is key. For consistency sake, I made this weekly workout schedule:
Sunday: Light workout ending with a 1-mile walk – 40 minutes
Monday: Interval training with 5 exercise stations and intermittent running
Tuesday: Cardio - Zumba, 30 minutes, and 20-minute walk (African Zumba)
Wednesday: Interval training with 5 exercise stations and intermittent running
Thursday: Cardio – 40- minute bike ride
As a Doula, supporting mothers and families can be physically demanding. I look forward to enhancing my fitness so that I am able to continually meet the demanding nature of the work I love doing.
Have you tried the 30-Day Happiness Challenge? How did it work for you? Share your journey to daily happiness on my Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/abundantlifedoula.