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A Pick-Me-Up For When It's Just "One Of Those Days"

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Dear Beautiful & Unique Sweat Sister,

It's okay to take a day. 

Sometimes, you need two days. Take them.

It's unreasonable to assume that there won't be days where you just don't feel confident or happy. Sometimes, you'll mess up your diet and feel guilty for it. Other days, you'll feel sad for no reason at all. There may be days when the stress gets the best of you and you just can't seem to get yourself up to turn Netflix off and put "real" clothes on. Even Beyoncé has days! And to that I say: "Take your mental health day, Sis."

What if you’re bloated? You may look in the mirror and see that your tummy is not as "flat" as you'd like it. Maybe your body is going through hormonal changes or maybe you're holding on to some extra water from a salty meal. Maybe you've just been stressed and it's causing an upset stomach or those breakouts. Sometimes your pants aren't going to fit "right" and it's perfectly okay! Breathe. Us women have some pretty remarkable bodies that go through A LOT, so it's no wonder that we "just can’t even" sometimes. Tell yourself, "It's temporary, and my body is juggling so many things. But today, I choose to be kind to myself."

It's okay to take a day.

What if you gained a few pounds? It happens. Life can throw some serious curveballs — school, work, stress, family problems, relationships — whatever they may be. Sometimes you may just love how convenient food takeout places like Seamless and UberEats are because you have five tests to study for and "ain’t nobody got time for cooking!" I feel that 100%. But know that you're capable of treating your body with the respect it deserves, and a week from now, you could be in a totally different place. Your weight is just a number that doesn't reflect or take away from the amazing person you are! Acknowledge the change you need to make, and then focus on getting back to you.

It's okay to take a day.

What if you ate a few cookies and had that extra slice of pizza? It may seem like a rather tasty regret, but don't associate a craving or two with the word "failure." There's always tomorrow — and trust me, your veggies aren't going anywhere! For the amount of time you've put into workouts, cooking, and planning, one night doesn't invalidate your transformation. We all deserve cookies and pizza. Take a cheat day now and then.

It's okay to take a day.

What if you've just been feeling down and anxiety has got the best of you? Paying attention to your mental health is important. You must take care of your mind first before anything else. After all, those feelings might be a sign that it's time for some serious changes in your life. Or maybe you should seek out a friend or someone else you trust, and then let them know what's been going on. But the last thing you should do is continue to go through the motions and try to keep up — and you certainly shouldn't feel bad about it. Hug your body and say, "We're going to get through this." Remember, you can always get back on track — but first, give your beautiful mind some TLC.

It's okay to take a day.

Work on YOU and come back stronger than ever!

Think about the amazing things our bodies can do. Between running and working out, playing sports or dancing, everything! It's capable of a lot of things that we don't appreciate it for. Your body is truly a sanctuary that will go through many changes as you go through life. Emphasis on the words "many changes." And through all of these changes, we need to remember to love ourselves and focus on the health of our mind, body, and spirit.

Here's to you, Sweat Sister. You're beautiful and you should know it.

Please share this with anyone who may be having one of "those days" or who is going through a difficult time.

SWEAT REPORTER | Paytra is a musician and writer out of New York City. She moved from a small town in Michigan at age 16 to pursue her dreams, and has been making her mark in the Big Apple ever since! She is a Business Management major and double-certified personal trainer with 6 years experience, so she loves to write about all things nutrition/fitness. You can find her in the studio, at the gym, writing in her journal, or playing piano: and if all else fails, she’s hitting up her favorite coffee shop in Midtown Manhattan! site: PaytraMusic.com