Exercise – My Four Letter Word

Ah, exercise. It is on almost every to-do list that I make and every New Year’s resolution (NYR) to exercise more. I am finally having a little success in that department and thought I’d share what I’ve been learning.

This year, I decided I needed to start my NYRs a little early so I began in December. I did all the things they tell you to do – I carved out specific parts of my day, blocked it off, and made specific goals (e.g., walk 1 hour, swim laps 45 min, etc.). Now, I have done all of these things before but after a few weeks, something seems to happen, whether it is a family emergency, crazy work week, or getting sick, that seems to stall my progress. This time was no different. About three weeks into my regime, several events collided and killed my workout week. I went from working out 4 times a week to once that week. I was so disappointed. I felt like it was the same old, same old and my streak was over.

This time I did something a little bit differently, however. This time, when my new week rolled around, I started again. Now to those of you who are good at follow through, this seems like an obvious statement. And in other areas of my life, I have learned to start again when I get off track but I am rarely good at doing that with exercise. But I started again and because the week before’s craziness was still bleeding into my new week, I only got to the gym 2x that week – but that was 2x more than I would have. And now I am back on track. My goal is to work out 5x times this week and with this morning’s workout under my belt, I am 2/5ths the way there.

Another lesson I have learned is that I need to find ways to make working out fun so I vary my workouts (walking, weights, swimming, outdoor walking, etc.), downloaded good music, workout in my favorite part of my gym, and discovered Nike Boom. If you haven’t checked it out, you need to. According to itunes, Nike BOOM syncs your music to your dynamic training workouts, with the world’s most elite athletes and coaches motivating you along the way. Choose your type of workout, length of training, best workout music and favorite Nike athletes—then get to work.” It’s awesome to have athletes with accents cheering me along. 😉 Don’t worry, it’s also an android app and is free!

These things seem to be helping. Last night, I read in my FranklinCovey planner a quote that said something to the effect of if you don’t think of yourself as what you want to be, you’ll never do what is necessary to become it. I really liked that idea so I wrote myself a mantra about being a strong athlete. I may not be there now but I am more on my way than I was in November. 

I’ll check back in a few weeks and let you know how it’s going…right now, it’s going great!

Oh, and today I rewarded myself with a yummy smoothie for breakfast. Win Win Win!

(My reward this morning – smoothie with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries,
 pineapple, banana, orange, and a little water. Delish!)

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