Fitness Friday: A Laid Back Approach

I was doing pretty good with Fitness Fridays for about about six weeks, but I totally dropped the ball. The last one was back in August!

In case you’re interested, the other topics I covered were as follows:

I’ll be honest with you, I haven’t worked out all week. Then why bring back the Fitness Friday now, Colleen?

Well, I take that back. I went to Body Pump on Monday morning, but I ducked out early, as a migraine from the previous night hadn’t fully subsided. *Note: Weight lifting does NOT help a head ache.

 The thing is, it’s been great. I’ve slept in until 6:45 (!!) all week, and I haven’t felt one bit of remorse or guilt. Like, none. (If you’ve been reading for a while, you know how huge that is for me.)

Actually, over the past few weeks, my approach to fitness has been pretty laid back. I’ll go to about four classes a week, and on weekend mornings, my workout consists of an hour long walk with Cory and Campbell. Those walks are fantastic, and I truly look forward to them.

Brown’s Island is our favorite #rva :)

I applaud the bloggers who I follow who go balls to the wall all day, every day. I appreciate the lovely ladies who are constantly tweaking their diet to be as clean and paleo/vegan/vegetarian/no carbs as possible. In a way, I feel that they’re better than me. More dedicated, if you will.

Because, let’s be honest: I eat meat, cheese, sugar (real and fake), carbs, and foods that come out of boxes and bags.


If a fall into the comparison trap, those people make me feel a little bad about myself. How stupid, right?!

But then I remember, that as long as what I’m doing works for me, that’s all that really matters. And that’s the message I want you to remember for yourself, too. :)

Who knows, maybe next week I’ll be tweeting pictures of a treadmill after I crush a 5 mile run (highly unlikely) or maybe I’ll make it to the gym 6 days out of the week (again – unlikely),


but all I know is that I’ll be doing what feels good and right. I’m not forcing or guilting myself into doing anything.

That’s my story, and I’m stickin’ to it! 😉 Have a wonderful weekend, my friends! We’re off to do the final walk through of the house!


  1. says

    You know what – I worked my ass off like usual 6 days this past week and I’d switch it in a heartbeat for feeling more relaxed and stress free right now. Do what makes you happy. It’s so hard to avoid comparing yourself (especially as a HLB) but in the end, if your happy, you are already so far ahead of the curve.

    • Colleen says

      With both of us having psych backgrounds, I know you’ll be able to relate – I normally find that when I’m stressed out about other things in life (work, school, errands, etc) I become more neurotic about my exercising and eating. I guess it’s that “if I can’t control anything else, I can control THIS” kind of mentality. I think being mentally healthy is the first step in being physically healthy, do you agree? And being relaxed and not so stressed out really helps! I hope you take a rest day soon! You deserve it!! xox

  2. says

    You go girl! Even if you think that you might not “be as good as those other people”, I can tell you that you are most likely much more healthy than them. It’s no fun obsessing over whether or not you get to the gym every day to do 203910921 minutes of cardio.

  3. says

    I like your approach and do the same thing…what works for ME! I think a lot of people fall into the comparison trap – in blogging and IRL – when it comes to eating and workouts. I can only imagine the kind of stress that kind of mentatlity creates. Not for me! Have a great weekend!

    • Colleen says

      Glad we’re on the same page, pretty lady! Life can be stressful enough – we don’t need to CREATE any more of it, right?! Have a fabulous weekend!

  4. says

    You are one of my favorite bloggers, and this post is one of the many reasons why! You rock, lady!! I am so glad that you have been able to relax…definitely one of the biggest things I’m working on right now, so selfishly I needed this post. Thank you for being amazing, awesome, and funny…oh and truthful and celebratory of yourself :)

  5. says

    This is awesome and one of the reasons I truly love your blog. You don’t feel the need to work out constantly for no reason or to eat the newest later almond butter mixed with voodoo almond milk in your oatmeal because apparently it keeps you for one million hours. Anyways, I digress and keep on keeping on Colleen!

  6. says

    And I love that you’re stickin’ to your story! Your “story” is a much more fun place to be at anyways… Trust me, I’ve been the obsessive, balls to the walls exerciser in the past, and it’s not nearly as fun as taking more of the laid back approach!

  7. Jessie says

    That’s amazing, and PLEASE don’t feel like others are better than you. I’d much rather be ok with resting than “so dedicated” that I can’t take a day off w/o killing myself with guilt.

  8. says

    Love this! We can’t compare ourselves to others because it only leads to negativity that doesn’t need to be there. And while I know everyone isn’t this way, I eat the way I eat because otherwise I get sick and it just isn’t worth it to me, but that also doesn’t mean I don’t partake in boxed mac & cheese on occasion too! 😉

  9. says

    So I was about to post the most epically long comment ever. It sparked an entire post. I’ve taken this whole week as a rest week. My body needed a full battery recharge. My mind was all over the place. Reading this sewed all of my thoughts together. Thank you, Colleen, sincerely. For bringing me the peace of mind to know that the decisions I’ve made these past few days have been good ones. Thank you for your leadership and your inspiration. You’re fabulous (as I’ve said many times before), don’t stop shining! 😉

  10. says

    Great approach to fitness Friday…addressing the other side of the spectrum, when you realize it’s ok to NOT workout 6 days/week all. the. time. Some weeks are just busy, sometimes you go through phases, either way. You have to do what works for you, everyone’s different and there’s no point in falling into the “comparison trap”. Being happy is all that really matters!

    P.S. I went three solid weeks without any exercise. Didn’t feel the least bit guilty :)

  11. Morgan says

    I read your blog almost every weekend for a recap, and this post is ONE I NEEDED for sure. I struggle day in and day out with my exercise obsession and neurotic food habits. I JUST NEED TO DO WHAT IS BEST FOR ME and not stress or feel guilty! Stop comparing and start listening to ME!

  12. says

    This is such a great post!! I’ve been struggling with a stress fracture in my right ankle due to too many high-intensity workouts. And these past three weeks I’ve maybe worked out twice to let my body heal. It’s so important!! Comparison traps are so dangerous! It’s so much better to listen to your body.

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