When you think about working out, is “Ugh! I don’t wanna!” your first reaction? If so, I totally get it. I’ve been where you are. In fact, most of us have been where you are because, well, aggressive gym and wellness culture has basically taken all the natural joy out of exercising. We now need to look a certain way, perform a certain way, and post (on Instagram) a certain way in order to prove that we’re exercising our way to six pack abs. I mean, talk about some seriously gross pressure, am I right?! Ugh!
Because of all this pressure, so many of us have built up internal resistance to working out. We put super high expectations on ourselves and expect to see results faster-than-humanly-possible instead of leaning into this reality: achieving true fitness takes time and patience. We also have a hard time finding the fun in fitness when it’s constantly marketed to us as an unattainable chore, #goals, or yet another thing we have to do in order to be considered worthy.
But I’m here to tell you, it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make peace with working out so that each sweat-sesh doesn’t feel quite so soul-sucking. There are just a few things you have to do first.
Want to know my dirty little secret? The one thing, as a health and wellness expert, I’m just not supposed to say out loud?
I don’t love cooking.
Like, I just don’t love it.
Sure there’s the occasional Sunday where I decide to whip up some buttery eggs and bacon for the family, but as a general, more often than not, I’m just not a big fan of spending my time in the kitchen.
I used to feel bad about it, like I had a problem that needed major fixing, particularly since I grew up believing that a major part of a woman’s role in the household is to cook for the family. But, I’m happy to report that I’ve gotten over a lot of that bullshit and have embraced some pretty basic workarounds that have made cooking feel less awful for someone who doesn’t have dreams of becoming a master chef.