Assalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu. Dear sisters, how are you, what’s new and good?
I’ve been thinking about you, and I do have to apologize that I haven’t been writing for so long. I’ve missed it, and I admit I fell short. Just like with exercise, it didn’t make me feel better that I stopped, and it would have been better that I had continued. Alhamdulillah.
When some few big, yet positive, things happened this summer I got so much on my mind. Alhamdulillah. Maybe perfectionism hit me too. Just like in fitness, the “All-Or-Nothing- principle” can be a struggle for sisters and especially mums.
These things are what I like to speak about today. How we can keep up with our routines, how we can be moderate so we can stick to what we do; and how to be motivated! A lovely sister asked me yesterday: “what motivates you?”, and “what’s the voice in your head that helps you motivate yourself? I would love for you to share those words with us”.
OK, so motivation is of course a big word, and what specifically in life we are motivated about. Or in fact, how we are motivated in the life we are living perhaps.
Me myself was fostered in physical activity as already from the age of 3, when my mum put me in ice skating. I continued with this until I was 18, and had reached highest elite level. My Hungarian trainer definitively is the reason to why I’ve learned to strive for perfectionism, for good and bad. We should strive for excellence in everything that we do, but it should never block us from performing whatever we do. Example: for a mum with a baby below 2 years old for example; be happy for whatever training you can perform if you are a stay-at-home mum. Life as a mum isn’t like when you were single.
My mum by the way, didn’t drive and always brought me to the horse riding club etc. on the back of her bike. She loves the simplicity in life, and she loves to be outdoor. Thanks to her, and thanks to the Swedish culture; with physical activity and oat meal porridge became what I know is life and what is what you should have.
With that being said. “What motivates me?”. Well, I’m chasing the wellbeing feeling. That’s it. And I also believe, really, that everyone can feel and experience this. I cannot believe that someone wouldn’t feel amazing from being physically active.
The wellbeing feeling. Yes, the feeling when the body look physically happy in the mirror. When I can walk easily up the stairs, when I can run, when I can lift. When I breath, when I give oxygen to my brain, when I feel awake and alive. When I feel energized. I feel confident, I feel happy, I feel happy with myself, I feel productive and I’m thriving.
As a Muslimah, alhamdulillah, I want to be as good as I can. I want to take care of my body, I want to wake up for Tahajjud and I want to pray Fajr on time. Because, I know that that will benefit me in both this world and the next, in shaa Allah.
As a new mum, my motivation was of course to strengthen my pelvic floor and abs again, to regain a good posture, to get strong a good looking booty again and to be able to run again. When I was pregnant, I was still chasing the wellbeing feeling, I had to train because I loved the feeling but also to have energy and strengthen up the body to prevent that my abs would separate or to prevent to get stretch marks on my belly. Alhamdulillah that went well.
Thanks to my training and job as a Personal Trainer, my clients in Qatar, and my own experience of giving birth in Morocco with a C-section; I love to work with women and help to regain strength. I also know the importance of it, and therefore I’m so excited that I’m now studying to become a CertifiedPre- & Postnatal Coach. This is while I’m working on developing my different online programs to suit you and your needs even more.
Exciting things, like the above, makes me jump out of bed in the morning. Likewise, to go out walking in the morning or working out, makes me so happy. Even though when I’m tired sometimes, alhamdulillah.
Since I moved to Morocco 5 years ago, I first experienced another type of lifestyle though. Which is the opposite to what makes me happy and motivated. It neither makes me feel well. That’s when my voice in my head, or rather my soul, is screaming for help. And that is to live without any routines or plans. Without any regular meal times, or with late lunch by 3pm, lack of physical activity, going to bed too late, eating dinner too late, waking up too late in the morning, eating too much bread and sugar, not eating enough (raw or lightly cooked) vegetables, not eating enough protein and not having clear goals for every day.
This turned out to become a long writing. Alhamdulillah.
So how does my ideal day look like? A day when I boost my happy wellbeing emotions? A day that makes me feel well?
That is to have set my intention the day before. To have written down my top 3 priorities the day before. Alhamdulillah. I have written down in my calendar to pray tahajjud, and to pray fajr on time. In the ideal world I’d do the morning azkar as of the Sunnah after fajr. I have my dates and espresso, I sit by my desk and I write. I work on my business with the top 3 priorities from the day before. I’m staying awake after fajr of course. Sleeping after fajr makes my head groggy and sleepy for the rest of the day subhanAllah. After sunrise I’m going out walking. Then home and I’m continuing my day with working with clients and on my business, along with the normal house chores. Alhamdulillah. Then a workout, and in shaa Allah Qur’aan reading, Arabic studies, French studies and the boring studies for getting a driving license again. Alhamdulillah.
It’s not always that I manage to do everything that I want to achieve during a day, and that’s OK; but the most important is How I start my day, and the intention I set the day before.
I want to be happy, I want to be loved and I want to feel well! Very foundational emotions, which I think and know most sisters and human beings want to feel, because it’s like foundational needs of a human. And that’s what I best can achieve through sticking to my worship of Allah SWT and through sticking to a healthy lifestyle with good food and physical activity. That’s what I feel in my soul. Alhamdulillah.
What about you sister, what motivates you? Please comment below and let me know.
Thank you & Energetic Regards,