It feels like day 700 of the stay at home mandate. I’ve cooked more meals than I can even begin to count. I’ve organized. Decluttered. Rearranged. We’ve done every sidewalk chalk activity possible. I’ve even managed to keep a full tank of gas for over a month!! And bonus points for never running out of toilet paper!! 

Like everyone else, I’ve found myself often looking around thinking, “what is actually going on?” Every bit of normalcy and routine has come to a screeching halt; leaving us all to find a new day to day way of living. In our fast paced society, being forced to stop and slow down can feel somewhat like cruel and unusual punishment. 

I recently read a quote that really challenged me. “In the rush to return to normal, let’s use this time to consider which parts of normal are worth rushing back to.” Truth bomb!! I’ve realized certain things I can stay “quarantined” from. There’s new appreciation for other things. I hope to never take community for granted again. We were never meant to do life alone. I hope I always remember what it’s like to be unable to embrace some of the ones I love the most. Sometimes we all just need a good hug.

A few things that have been a constant the last 5 weeks (and have kept me sane) are sunshine, endorphins, and moving my body. All three of these are completely free and completely up to us. Sometimes the motivation may not be there, but there’s nothing like pushing through to smash a workout! You’ll never regret a good workout!

While I desperately miss the gym, the amazing coaches, and the familiar smiling faces…. I’m incredibly grateful that I’ve been given the tools to make it on my own while necessary. When the days feel long and monotonous, just hold on. We’re almost there. There’s light at the end of the tunnel! Grab whatever equipment you need and hop on that zoom class. Go outside, grab your chalk and write the workout on the sidewalk. Make it happen! Soak up the sun and let the endorphins flow. You’ve come so far, buff mommas. Don’t let this slow you down. You’re strong. You’re resilient. You’re beautiful. You are Girls Gone Buff.