I’ve been so excited to write this post. I’ve had so many amazing insights this week and while it wasn’t easy to keep motivated and to workout as much as I said I would, I did much better than I could have imagined.
If you didn’t already know, I am a person of routine and habit. I go to the grocery store and follow the same path and buy pretty much the same things every other week. If something comes up that is out of the ordinary, I can handle it as long as I have some kind of warning.
I think that’s why my exercise has been so random in the past six months. I didn’t have a plan. I was sort of enjoying what I was doing, but I didn’t feel like it was having an impact and it definitely wasn’t a habit.
Last week, I found an app that showed me some exercises on the workout machines at the gym. Not only that, it actually walked me through how to do it so I didn’t have to guess. Most times, I don’t use the machines because I have no idea what they do or how to use them.
I ended up doing “leg” day on Wednesday and honestly, that almost did me in. I didn’t start walking normally again until yesterday… which means I completely overdid it. I was thinking I was at a certain level, but your body has a way of letting you know that nope, you shouldn’t have lifted that much weight no matter who was looking at you or judging you. But now I have a routine I can use to do leg day. I ended up winging it for arm day because I’m not as concerned about my arms. I did an assortment of machines that worked out a lot of my upper body and I’m happy with it.
So, my new routine is as follows:
- Monday – Rest day
- Tuesday – Leg day
- Wednesday – Arms (and maybe the bike if my legs are okay, haha)
- Thursday – Run
- Friday – Rest day
- Saturday – Combat class (An hour of high-intensity cardio)
- Sunday – Run
I feel like this is something I can stick with and I’m actually excited that I figured out something that will work for me.
The other thing I realized this week was that exercise isn’t easy. Every single day I struggled with that voice saying it was okay to skip the day because (insert lame excuse here). I also learned that I need to be nice to myself. I have a tendency to push myself farther than I should because I need to have a better time or I need to lift more. I’m not here to win a competition, so it really doesn’t matter how fast I run that mile and a half or how much weight I lift. The goal right now is to be consistent and to have fun! There will be time for pushing myself once I’ve established a routine.
So there you have it. Basically restating my goals, but finding new and better ways to accomplish what I set out to do.
Once again I have to thank my sister. She is still the voice that keeps me going and I believe I wouldn’t have run yesterday if she hadn’t texted me and said, “I hope you go for that run.”
This post is part of Mindful Monday hosted by Colleen at Silver Threading.