Getting Personal: Let’s Get Physical.

The Outdoors - Nike Free FlyknitsHey there bow friends,

Today I wanted to talk about something a little different that I have been thinking about a lot recently.  This year I have spent a lot of time exploring the outdoors here in Florida as well as in Colorado and Iceland and being really active.  I’ve always loved and appreciated nature and being outside, but it’s a little harder for me than it used to be.

That probably sounds like I have a serious medical issue, but I promise I’m okay. Let me explain. I was a very active child.  I participated in years of ballet, jazz, and modern dance as well as tennis, soccer, and horse back riding.  I’ve never been a star athlete, but I always continued to stay active.  I wasn’t the most fit kid and remember very clearly the way my life seemed to fall apart as I “ran” the mile in middle school (But I was a pro at the sit and reach.  High five for flexibility!), but I was always doing something.  As time went on and high school came around, so did lots of extra weight and an abundance of inactivity.  At the beginning of college, I shed almost 40 pounds, but slowly they crept back into my life.  I had a year of reclaiming my health when I worked hard on eating well and being active, but finals and summer break threw me out of whack.  This all leads up to now.

To be honest, the issue is that I’m not entirely confident in my physical abilities and I struggle with being overweight (50 pounds overweight, just to clarify).  I get stuck on the fact that I got myself into this large rut of semi healthy eating and very low physical activity.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love nature and being outdoors. I love the feeling after a great work out.  I love walking, biking, yoga, and all of that good stuff, but it’s hard to push through sometimes.  I’m very easily discouraged and tend to struggle with staying motivated.  I understand it’s a journey, up and downs happen, and that being active and healthy is a lifestyle.  Trust me, I tell myself all of that constantly.  It’s just hard to keep up sometimes.

Beau consistently motivates me and inspires me to embrace the outdoors and has brought me back to appreciating being active.  He has encouraged me to pick up running as well as pushed me to embrace the kinds of physical activity I love like ballet.  Beau and his family are very active, outdoorsy people and they have included me in a ton of outdoor experiences like hiking, biking, beach adventures, and riding.  They have been a fantastic positive influence on me when it comes to keeping active and I appreciate them greatly.

I’m not sure what I’m trying to get out of this post.  Maybe just brainstorming some thoughts as to why I’m holding myself back.  This year, I want to reclaim my body and move forward.  I want to feel better and do more.  I constantly challenge myself academically and don’t see why I can’t do that physically.  I think I focus on the past a bunch when it comes to where I stand with my health, but here’s to moving forward!

We shall talk soon!

-Tara Joy ❤

PS That muddy knee was due to sliding in a mud patch in Iceland.  I’m really graceful.

24 thoughts on “Getting Personal: Let’s Get Physical.

  1. The Lady Olive

    I love your honesty in this post! It’s all about making exercise/activity a part of your life and then it will feel weird not to do it. Good luck to you beautiful girl!

  2. kjacks5

    Oh I know the feelings of being discouraged or not having motivation. You should try Blogilates it is one of my favorite workout websites and it’s free 🙂 All you do is go on youtube and exercise along with the person in the videos and she tries to make it fun.

    Good luck and just take it day by day 🙂

  3. pregaming with coffee

    Wishing you all the best on your journey! I think the biggest problem we as human beings have is with the term “working out.” I go to work all day and the last thing I wanna do when I get home is work some more. Since when did being active have to be “work?”

    I think you have the right idea of being outdoors. For me, that’s where I’m happiest. You don’t need to run 5 miles to get a “good workout” in; just do whatever feels best for you, whether that’s hiking, yoga or dancing! Sidenote: I’ve recently fallen in love with hula hooping and it’s basically the anti-workout while still providing the mind and body benefits of exercise. You should look into it 🙂

    Again, best of luck to you!


  4. Selena Hannah

    Be healthy! And btw if you never said that you were overweight, I would have never known it. Your picture on your blog doesn’t show that just your beauty. Stay strong and do what you want for you.

      1. therunnerscloset

        I started running after having my second daughter. Not only did it help me drop 3 pant sizes in 6 months and shed 50 lbs, but it’s a great stress reliever. Now that I’ve tackled the weight loss, my motivation is racing. Just start small and work your way up. You’ll see results! If you need workout tips, I’ll be posting some soon!

      2. beausandbows

        I’ve been running for a short amount of time now and I really like how it makes me feel! I’m totally in the starting off small stage, but I’ll push through!

        -Tara Joy

  5. caitlinkimberley

    I struggle with this too! I just have to keep reminding myself that I need to be very gentle and kind on myself because the moment I feel pressured, I freak out and stop exercising. So just know you’re not alone in this, and good luck!

  6. Theresa

    I love the feeling I get when I’m doing it, and when I’m done; getting there is the hard part. I recently made it 4 days in a row and felt fantastic – until I blew out my knee – here I am 4 weeks later trying to recover. Apparently *I* don’t know how to walk correctly anymore. lol

    Do what you enjoy, and enjoy every day; the rest will fall into line. 🙂

  7. Rebecca Meyer

    This is an inspiration post to read. I’m glad that through struggles, you are able to stay positive and continue to move forward. That’s what’s important in life, and it helps when we have people who motivate us to be the best we can be. Love your blog! 🙂

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