Week 5: The Excuse Train

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Christ, I need to get my eyebrows done.

We are into Week 5!

Woo!

Last week, I hit the gym twice. Which is not something too exciting. Mike and I were going through some fun times with moving things around for his job so we were busy all last week and barely had a moment to breathe.

This week, I have hit the gym twice so far (taking today to do body weight exercises) and continue to rock Thursday as well as Friday, too.

I was talking to a friend this week about how they can’t find the willpower or motivation to go consecutively to workout. Let me tell you, friend.

If you think every single athlete in the world never misses a gym day, you are so incredibly wrong.

Remember, it’s okay if you miss. Don’t beat yourself up but don’t make it a habit. If you miss, just make the effort to go the next day. It takes 21 days to make a habit so you gotta keep on top of it and it’ll get easier, I promise. No one is perfect in any stretch. Just keep going!

Some tips for not missing the gym (Doesn’t work for everyone but if you want to try!):

  • Make it a meeting in your calendar. I live and die by my Planner and Google Calendar. If I see it, I know that it’s on my To-Do List.
  • Bargain with Yourself. Every day I go to the gym, I bargain with myself. I say, “If I go today, I’ll take off tomorrow.” I never take off tomorrow but I tell myself I will to motivate me.
  • Keep a Journal. When I really don’t want to go, I look back on my progress. I try to write in it here and there about what goals I achieved. How good I felt. It reminds me that going is better than not.
  • Count Down. I set a time specific to go the gym. I always go before rush so I don’t have to fight people for the machines. If I go at 2:00, I have a goal to get my day work done and housework so I can do it. “2 more hours. I am going to do laundry.” “One more hour. I got to start getting ready.” and then when it’s time, I have no distractions, work, or housework.
  • Singing Reminders. I am a terrible singer, but I have a song I sing when I am getting ready that is basically, “Go to the gym” over and over. I sing it when I put my clothes on, get in my car, and go. I am hearing it, saying it, experiencing it.
  • Rewards. I will admit I am not on top of this but when I remember, it helps. For every workout, I reward myself with $1. That way, when I get enough money and reap the benefits of working out, I can get a new workout item (clothes!).
  • Following Inspirational People on Instagram. While you may not be rockin’ Crossfit, I follow a few of their top athletes from Stacie Tovar to Julie Foucher (which is easy. She works out at my Cleveland Box). But, also, I have picked up some friends along the way. My friend Nicia is always rockin’ updates. When I am in a slump and I see that they have hit the gym, it sparks me to get moving.
  • Social Media Accountability. There was an article that a friend of mine posted that said those who post their workouts are sociopaths. Call me a sociopath, but it’s literally the most beneficial for me. I don’t post my workouts to say, “Look what I did” but instead, I post them to say, “I did this. I need to be held accountable.” I also sometimes will look back at it and go, “I didn’t want to go that day, but I did!”
  • Accountabilibuddy. My husband is mine (though he’s slid since changing jobs. But, that’ll change soon!) but sometimes I would check in with another CF’er and say, “Hey! I went to the gym today. When are you going next?” And you motivate each other that way. You don’t have to go to the same exact gym at the same exact time to have an accountabilibuddy.

You may even find your own way to motivate yourself. If it works, stick with it. You can do this. I know you can.

Week 4: The Hardest Discussion

As I am eating my carrots and hummus, I thought I would give an update.

Last week, I dragged and went to the gym once and I did a workout video at home that was brutal. I am not going to beat myself up about it but instead just get right back into it. I know I have to leave within the next hour, however, or the gym is a huge party and everyone is the world is invited.

I had a discussion with my friend J.R. after he returned from my Crossfit Box on Thursday. We talked about what works for us and what doesn’t work for us. I have been enjoying my time at Planet Fitness because I can go in, not talk to anyone, put my earbuds in, and rock out on my workout. This actually works best for me.

Our Crossfit Box, recently, decided to get political. While I am always down for community, it went in the opposite direction. Without details, we have an image around the box now that is a bit unsettling and I am not sure how to bring it up to my Head Coach. I want to go back to Crossfit, but I am battling with it. I could easily go to the box, keep my head down, workout, and move on. But, right now, I am not too comfortable with it.

Which sucks, honestly. But, I have to make a decision on if I go back or if I go to another box. That’s the joy, I think, of fitness in general. You don’t have to stick around for the same exact workout at the same exact location. I enjoy trying new things and I hope that you do, too.

What was nice about the conversation, however, was that we both were supportive of each other’s processes. I find that in the fitness world (of any kind), there is this weird competition that is unspoken of. If you Crossfit, people will tell you that you’re an addict. If you lift at a gym, but don’t Crossfit, you should be doing Crossfit. If your friend dances and does yoga throughout the week, they’ll probably tell you why it is the best.

Here’s the problem with that. There is no perfect workout regime that is a one-size fits all situations.

Any movement of any kind is good and you have to find out what works best for you. This goes along with, too, the other side of it. If your friend reaches out to you and asks what works best for you, always remember that it might not work best for them.

People have asked me about Crossfit and I tell them, “I love it! It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy the community atmosphere. But, it’s not for everyone.” I see it all the time on social media where people will get in drag out fights over what is the best thing. Don’t be that person in the drag out fight. If someone asks, hey, what kinds of workouts do you do? Tell them! But, be supportive of their fitness decision. That’s the most important thing.

If you’re just starting in fitness, I highly suggest you try something new every week. If you have the funds, I suggest you try ClassPass in which you can try different classes through the month and see what works best for you. The whole point, however, of fitness and being the best you is you have to find what is best for you. Same goes for dieting. A nutritionist will never give the same exact diet to every person. They cater it to fit the person and see what works best for them.

What matters most is that you move. You get to decide how. No one else (except a licensed professional.)

I am off to the gym, now. I hope your weeks are amazing like you!