Over the last couple of weeks I have re-started learning French (lessons from 11 years ago really don’t count however) and commenced the 12 Week Body Transformation. It’s started to push me past my self imposed limits and whilst that is a good thing, it’s frustrating trying to learn something new and feeling like you’re not understanding a single word being spoken. Doesn’t help that your instructor is Tunisian and the other students are Syrian so they share similar words.
The journey however is revealing more to and strengthening me. I have realised I quickly forget to love myself. Not in some ego-centric and distorted manner but giving myself permission to take care of myself. Permission to do the things I have wanted to for many years. I started learning French many years ago and then stopped when a personal situation meant I was unable to take a year off and study French full time. I guess I pushed it aside and then after another personal situation realised it was time to do it for me again.
This morning as I was training my feet were pounding on the treadmill and I realised that last week this hurt much more than it did does now. I am already getting my fitness back and my mind was focused and I was feeling alive. The multi-tasker in me was at work though, whilst I train I have been playing a earworm musical brain trainer from berlitz. So as I do the reps I hear French words to funky music (I am extremely grateful the music is train worthy) and I also now count my reps in French: une, duex, trois, quarte…… lucky for anyone else I am generally the only person in the gym.
Do not forget to love yourself. Treat yourself by being fit and healthy. I am not saying you have to get up at 0500 to train but I am saying you are worth looking after yourself. If you want to learn how to look after tropical fish – do it; if you want to learn archery – do it! For me in my personal life it’s French, travel, fitness and climbing mountains; in my work life it’s about developing and growing, expanding my skill sets as well as developing the team I have around me.
For now loving oneself means going to bed so I can get up at 0500 to workout!