How you doin’?

How you doin’? <—said in my best “Joey” voice from Friends

But seriously, how ARE you doing today? 

Do you ever take the time to sit back and think about how you feel – I mean, how you really and truly feel? You might ask your sister, or brother, or husband, or wife, or mom, or friend, or colleague. But do you ever take stock of you?

I did that last night, actually during barre n9ne barre fusion class, believe it or not. In the midst of all those plies at the barre and endless shoulder reps, I took time to focus my thoughts inward. I asked myself “how am I doing today? Right now? How do I feel?” And to be honest, it was really the first time I’d ever really thought to ask myself that very question. I usually just go with the flow and spend more time making sure others are doing well (I guess I am a nurturer more than I realize, huh? note to self…) around me.

So anyway, when asking myself these questions, I came up with a few answers:
I feel happy.
I feel strong, sturdy even.
I feel confident.
I feel healthy.
And I feel worked.

And I know I’ve been saying this a lot, but I can’t help myself – much of these emotions I’m feeling are due to the incredible experience that is the barre n9ne 60-day challenge. Sure, I’ve been working on confidence and self-image for awhile now as you know, but feeling as strong and as “worked” as I do right now is most certainly due in large part to what we’ve been doing with barre n9ne and through half marathon training too, can’t leave that one out – it’s  a biggie.

So I guess my point with today’s post is this – that we all deserve to take time for ourselves. To really think about how we’re feeling, if what we’re doing is making us happy, making us feel whole. Similar to what Melissa started over at her blog, I think we need to start taking time for us – even just that mental 5 minute temperature check where you ask yourself “how you doin'” from time-to-time. You might be surprised by your own response.

Which leads me to my next question – warning, this takes participation, and I hope you’ll partake!

Just take just a couple of minutes today to ask yourself this:  “How you doin’?” and report back. Give me five words to describe how you are feeling today. Let’s call it “Temperature Check Thursday.”


10 thoughts on “How you doin’?

  1. Love this idea sis! I never really ask myself that question either, so weird. Good point 😉
    Now that this morning’s run is over, I feel good. It’s so funny how mid-run, I feel like OMG I can’t run any farther, but once you’re done, you realize that you DID it and it felt great. I need to remember that more often. Ok that was way more than 5 words. I lose.

    • See? You just have to have more faith in yourself and that strong and fit body of yours rather than letting your mind throw doubts into the mix. You did great today. Own that feeling!!

  2. This really is a great idea b/c you might think you’re just fine. But if you stop and think for just a minute…are you? And if not, what’s going on. I’m kind of feeling that today now that I stop and think. I actually am using today as my rest day b/c when I got up for my run, I just knew running was the wrong thing (though I wanted to so badly).

    • You’re totally right. We so very often just chug through our days going through our usual routine or whatever, and don’t often stop to do a quick temperature check, ya know? I’m glad you took the rest today even though I am SURE you wanted to get out there and run! Better to save it for a good run later on, right?

  3. Five words, eh?
    Pooped, pooped, pooped, pooped, and pooped. Haha. Kidding. Well, kinda.
    I’m excited (for everything that’s ahead), I’m antsy (to get to where I want to be), I was hot (holy moly run today), I am enlightened (see post coming up), and I’m happy. 🙂

    Thanks for the shout out here. 😉 I’ll tell ya…I think the more time we take to really nurture ourselves, the better life is for us…and everyone around us. And you’re right…we rarely stop to ask ourselves how we’re doing. I’m not sure why that is…

    • Ha, pooped totally described me last night. It’s the perfect word isn’t it? Totally captures the essence of total and utter tiredness.

      I LOVE your five words – you are so happy and content right now and that makes ME very happy to hear!

  4. I love this! I often think I’m supposed to be feeling a certain way based on where I am – work, social events, etc, but it’s good to really check in with ourselves and see what’s going on. Today I’m feeling grateful, strong, loved, excited, and hopeful. 🙂

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