I entered my first Student Life professional position knowing that I would have trouble taking care of myself. Prior to attaining my position, my graduate program mentor said she foresaw self-care being a challenge. She was familiar with my work style and knew that I didn’t prioritize myself well.
Though I had recently gotten married, I still lived alone. I was only seeing my partner on weekends, when neither of us were working. While I tried make a habit of going to the school gym (and was successful for a couple weeks), loneliness and lack of energy made sticking to a routine difficult. I knew I needed to make a change, but I had no motivation or structure to keep me on track.
It was then that a friend on Facebook approached and asked me to join a workout program called Beach Body. I instantly began making excuses. It would cost too much money. It would be another failed attempt at getting healthy. I used any excuse I could find to tell her no.
Finally, the opportunity to be a part of challenge groups convinced me to join. I learned I would work with a group of people who were also working on their fitness journeys. The group’s purpose is to keep each other accountable, to encourage everyone to keep pushing forward, and to offer support.
So I did it—I made the commitment. Immediately, I felt a difference. I hadn’t financially invested in myself in recent memory, so I became determined to make every penny count. Because I have my friend as my coach, I have someone holding me accountable for my workouts, offering strategies, and pushing me to do more.
Being a part of the challenge groups has really been the biggest help. There are daily calls to action to keep everyone engaged. They focus on everything from nutrition to a simple step of self-care. Everyone in the group is extremely supportive, and we encourage each other to share when we are working out and how we are staying on top of our nutrition. To share, we use the “tracking features” portion of the free app. We track whether or not we have worked out, what our workout was, and if we have had our Shakeology or not.
I am the type of person who hates to disappoint others, and I would feel like I was letting my group down if I didn’t take care of myself. Everyone in the group shares their thoughts on the workouts. They share if they are struggling, tips and tricks that have worked for them, and recipes too! For me, it’s a community without judgment. It’s a supportive community, helping everyone reach whatever goals they may have.
Starting this journey has taught me to truly value and take care of myself even on days it feels next to impossible. The smallest actions can have the biggest impact. I have loved the experience so much that I became a coach so I can further hold myself accountable, while sharing my community and supporting others in their goals to be healthy.
This post is part of our #SAfit series for April. With the constant hustle and bustle of our profession, we can’t forget to put ourselves at the top of our to-do list sometimes. It is essential that we remember to take time for self care and this series highlights how our colleagues work #SAfit into their lifestyles. This can look different for each of us and your journey is your own. For more info, please see Mandi Stewart’s intro post. Be sure to check out the other posts in this series too!
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Podcast With Ed Cabellon on The #SAFit Community