So the announcement went out last Monday, and I got to share my amazing news with the world! I am opening my own Fitness Studio!
Holy crap, I AM OPENING MY OWN FITNESS STUDIO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I decided to take the leap, be brave and put my dreams into action, all of which is amazing. I have had a fantastic response, so much better than I had hoped, and I am so overwhelmed I can not explain it.
I did not sleep last Sunday night, not at all. The anticipation of what was to come was just too much. I did not sleep much for the whole week if I am honest! I have spent the week swinging wildly between over excited, giddy and over the moon and trembling in a corner, a giant puddle of stressed out self doubt.
This actually makes me ENTIRELY NORMAL! I really can not say that very often!
Who out their hasn't undertaken a big exciting project without the nerves, emotion and stress? Whether that big project is a job interview, new relationship, having a baby or choosing a new hairstyle ( as superficial as that one sounds, seriously ladies you know!) we all start out on the path with mixed emotions. It is the best kind of stress!
We all suffer stress daily, but how we deal with it will determine our success.
I decided to break the whole enormous project down into pieces, tiny baby steps, and so far it is working beautifully. I set a goal to get 3 things done every single day. Some days when I am on a roll I get through 10 and on my bad days I drag my sorry butt through 3 tasks, and return to my corner.
But the thing that is really keeping my sane is my fitness routine.
Now please do not take that to mean that I am religiously working out 6 days a week, eating clean and being an angel. NOPE.
Reality is pain in the ass even for the most dedicated fitness guru!
I have 4 children, who are all off school. I am opening my own business and have all the physical, legal and financial aspects of that to deal with myself. I have a very patient, almost saint like partner, who would still like my attention once in a while and I still have to make ends meet while doing all of this. I also have the wild notion that the occasional social outing is actually good for my sanity!
But when I am feel the stress rising, I get moving. Even if it is a 20 minute core workout on the bedroom floor, or 5 minutes on the skipping rope. I made a deal with myself to lift at least once a week and so far so good. I hit the gym for a good solid leg session and for the time I am there nothing else matters.
I know that for me fitness isn't just about looking a certain way, it is actually a necessary part of my day for my physical and mental health. It adds value to my life, and a few super side affects too!
So whatever stress you have in your life right now, the best kind or the worst kind, make sure you use fitness as a treatment, never let it be the cause. If your workouts don't make you feel better then you are doing the wrong workouts!
You might be sore, and sweaty and tired after, but you should finish with a smile on your face, and a sense of accomplishment.
And with that done, you should be ready to tackle a few more small things........
Tell me you do to get you through xx
Jessica Keniston is a mother of 4, former dancer and lover of fitness who has turned her passion into a career. Read favourite tips, recipes and workout advice here, and sympathise with the daily motherhood struggles!