Seven Things to Remember
If you pay attention to blog layouts, you might have noticed some badges that made their appearance in the last month or so. One of which, the Fitfluential badge, is there because I was invited to become an ambassador which is pretty spiffy. I’m excited to see what opportunities I may get through their program in the future.
With the hustle and bustle of the holiday season now in full swing, a lot of the other FF bloggers have been spreading the word on how to start a fitness regimen now (if you are new to working out or not). I particularly enjoyed Heather’s post about being the new girl in the weights area of the gym. If you don’t regularly pump iron and would like to, check her out. She’s a star!
I hope I am not too redundant with this post. I figured I’d take a more personal approach and share seven things I am going to try to remember while I am working to rekindle my passion for regular workouts and being more accountable.
- STOP comparing. I read this. I know this. But we all do it sometimes. Someone is going to be faster, or slower, or fitter, or not, than you and me. I need to just improve myself, beat my own goals, set my own records. I’ll probably never get a trophy or appear in any of the mags I read, and that’s completely okay. My heart will still thank me for the workout.
- Gradual is better. Expecting too much too soon can lead to major letdowns and derailment of any plans (and worse, possible injuries). It’s better to give it some time and the changes will happen. Plus, gradual changes statistically stick around longer than dramatic, knee jerk changes. I couldn’t run 13 miles the first day I put on a pair of running sneaks, I’m not going to have solid muscles the first day either.
- Throw away the goal jeans if you haven’t gotten into them in two years. Okay, that’s a long tip, but for me it’s true. I have a few jeans that haven’t quite fit right in a loooong while and it’s time to part ways. Instead of making me feel inspired, I just feel like an idiot who spent too much on jeans that fit for five minutes. Someone else can enjoy them.
Share, share, share! Sometimes, keeping certain aspirations to yourself is a good idea. For others, sharing goals with others enlists accountability buddies, and guess what? That’s sort of why I got back into blogging. Putting it out there can really help on your not-so-hot days. Want encouragement to go workout? Tweet about possibly not going. You’ll get at least 4-5 responses (if not more) telling you to GO DO IT. I might be one of those people.
Don’t let it end after X event. I’m attending Scott’s fancy Christmas party in a week and a half and it is a swankfest. Obviously, I hope to look good in whatever dress I wear that night, but why only aim for that night? I need to make this a year round thing, not just when I have something important to go to.
Running (exercising) is not an excuse to eat tons of crap. I was so bad about this during the summer, and it resulted in some gaining. I’m still in an okay shape, but a lot of hard work was undone by just being lazy (read: ordering Chinese once a week at least). With my half marathon training looming ahead, I need to focus on allowing fun food while not going overboard.
There are going to be many, many off days. Life happens. I’m not going to always be able to make it to the gym (like on Friday when I was at work for 12 hours) or stay on my plan. That’s where being flexible needs to come into play. Mentally bashing myself for missing a day here or there if the rest of the week was good is just counterproductive.
So, there you have it. I am probably regurgitating things we all know, but lately I’ve been having a hard time and felt like putting it out there in case anyone else is in the same shoes. I had a point in time where staying active was as important as heading to my 9-5er (well, 7:30-4er). I want to find that place again.
What are some things you remind yourself while trying to stay active and healthy?