Get Fit: One Step at a Time

Link to the above workout

So, how’s it going? Did you have big workout plans for the New Year? Did you overcommit yourself only to, three weeks later, call it quits? Yeah I won’t lie. I did. I had big plans…huge plans for getting back on a consistent routine. I was going to get up at 4 AM every morning and get my workout in before work. So then, when I dragged my tired ass home after work, I’d already be done! It sounds great, doesn’t it?! I mean, 4 AM..that’s not ALL that early, right? WRONG! I even tried to sleep in my workout clothes one night, thinking if I was dressed, I’d be able to spring out of bed, throw in my contacts and roll! Do you know how uncomfortable it is to sleep in a sports bra? If that answer is “NO”, never ever give it a try. Horrible!

So, it really took me until this past Monday to get back on track. This workout plan I came across on Pinterest has been my lifesaver. Yeah, I know…it’s only been three days. But in the past three weeks I’ve realized, I need to start small…take it one step at a time. I create these grand plans in my mind during the day. I’m going to lift! I’m going to get in interval cardio! I’m going to do an hour of yoga! It never happens because life happens. And, I’m great at making excuses.

The other piece – remembering that I need, that I absolutely need to take time for myself, to take care of myself. Working out fills that need for me, it always has. So, if my grand plan doesn’t work out, I have the above workout to fall back on. I’ve done something to get my heart rate up. It’s different from what I’m normally doing, so it’s not boring. It’s fairly quick. And, it might not be what I had in mind for the day, but I still feel good about myself for getting moving. I actually used it Tuesday evening after I jumped on my elliptical and after 10 minutes, I wasn’t feeling it. But 80 jumping jacks? 80 jumping jacks kick my ass. I hate jumping jacks, but in a twisted way, I love them. At Penn State, the most hated on-campus fitness instructor was a jumping jack nazi. I hated her, but I loved her because she killed it. And I didn’t gain the Freshman 15. The Senior 30..that’s a different story.

So, this is working for me right now, and I’m going to stick with it. But I know myself. In three weeks I could be back on the CrossFit bandwagon or the Insanity bandwagon or bring out Dance Dance Revolution and the “power pad” and dance for an hour. That’s just me. I get bored. But, at least I know I have options. So, don’t get discouraged. Take it one step at a time.  Oh and don’t make your husband peanut butter chip brownies because let’s be honest, you are really making them for yourself, and you will eat them! Just you know, food for thought!

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