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“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” Thomas A. Edison
I’m at the tipping point. I don’t know if I just barely don’t hate treadmill running or if I actually sort of like it. Some days, yes, it’s great. On those days, I like watching the distance on the little virtual track go around and around; I feel buoyant and while never speedy, I feel good about running. And some days, I’m like NO, my allergies are acting up/I’m not wearing the right sports bra/my toe kinda hurts and I go for the elliptical instead. While the elliptical, without question, is lower impact, and some days I love doing HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workouts, alternating going all out and recovery, seeing how much distance I can cover in the amount of time I’m using the machine…other days, I feel leaden, like I can barely plod along, even with my best workout music blaring in the ears.
I can say I definitely enjoy my strength and core workouts more than straight cardio, but I still have those days when I put forth a half-assed effort because I’m just not feeling it, but most days, I’m like GRRRRR!!! BRING IT!!!
What I have noticed is that keeping a good variety in my workouts definitely helps. Mixing up cardio with weight lifting with Insanity classes at the gym and PiYo workouts at home definitely keeps me interested and happily active. I’ve been taking Insanity classes, doing PiYo workouts at home, running and doing trainer workouts…but because of what we will call “life”, it’s all been on a less than consistent basis.
I just wish I were happy every time I worked out and could find that motivation to do home workouts or drag my arse to the gym on weekends. I know, in my heart of hearts, I would feel fantastic after just 25 minutes of a home workout. Why can’t I seem to consistently find that 25 minutes in the 48 hours that make up my weekend?
I know why. I’m not making the time. I’m NOT a morning person, so I’m not that person who gets up at some ungodly hour and works out. And it wouldn’t work well for me if I did. I know myself well enough to know that if I burn a bunch of calories through exercise first thing in the morning, I’m going to be nearly hungry for the rest of the day and shove every bit of food within reach into my gullet.
What I need to do, and I’m putting this out there so that I feel accountable, is maintain better control on Friday-Saturday-Sunday. I need to make and drink my nutrition shakes first thing in the am instead of (or in addition to) drinking gallons of coffee. I need to have fresh and healthy food available so I don’t turn to convenience foods or skip meals. I need to put together a schedule so I have that 30-60 minutes carved out for the gym or a home workout – every single day. Especially during this time of the year, when I’m prone to bad moods and overeating because it’s cold and dark and my brain tries to trick me into thinking that mass quantities of cheese and cookies will make me feel better. I need to get adequate sleep. And I need to focus on letting the negative thoughts pass through me while letting positive thoughts boost me. Luckily, I do have plenty of sources of positivity, both in the virtual and real worlds, including all the inspiration and camaraderie I get from my Runit sisters.
Although it’s super easy to blow off working out and to eat comfort food when the colder weather is upon us, I feel like I may have finally gotten to the point where slow and steady strength building and body fat loss is a part of my life. I’m hoping to reach a point of maintenance sometime in the next 12 months. What I don’t want to do is backslide and lose the progress I’ve made. I like feeling healthy, I like feeling strong, and although I have a bit to go before I reach my goals, I’m very much okay with my progress since the spring.
All this is to say that I have fitness goals I don’t want to lose sight of during the holiday season and colder months. I don’t want to negate the progress I’ve made toward being a stronger, healthier me; as a matter of fact, I’d like to not just maintain, I’d like to keep gaining strength and health through the holidays and beyond.
Who is with me? How do you keep yourself from seriously going off the rails during the holidays and winter months? If you need someone to lean on, need some extra support, let me know! We can support each other!