Internal versus External
After months of debate, I finally got myself a fitbit.
Let’s back up a little. I hate having things on my wrists….watches, bracelets, you name it, I can’t handle it. The only things I can tolerate are hair ties because, well, I don’t have a choice in the matter, I need to have a hair tie accessible.
So, through the years I’ve purchased various watches, gps’ etc., hoping I would be able to tolerate them...let's be honest, they’ve all gone to the wayside.
But of late, I’ve been noticing I need a little extra help, a little outside accountability. I need something other than myself encouraging me to get to bed on time and get enough sleep, to make sure I’m getting outside and getting steps in my day. I need some accountability other than myself.
So here I am with my little fitbit…hoping that it’s small enough so that I can continue to tolerate it.
Sometimes I think it’s easy to start judging ourselves when we find we need more than just internal motivation, when we need that external motivation also. There are times I think we can start talking down to ourselves, telling ourselves that we should be able to do it on our own, we should remember the beauty of the world around us and use that as our motivation, we should remember how we feel when we feel in control of our food intake, our movement practices, our sleep habits, and use those feelings as motivation.
But my friends, it’s not either, or. We can use both. We can embrace all the internal and external motivation that we need to help us through this life. And sometimes we just need it all.
Let’s embrace the help we need, and let’s do that with a little less judgment and a little more acceptance.
Have an amazing week, my friends.
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Hi, I'm Krista!
Krista Mason is a yoga and fitness instructor based in Washington DC. She owns an online studio and loves it!