Hope you all had a great weekend. I went to my friend’s annual bonfire. It’s always a good time. And yesterday my Patriots put that WORK in on the Redskins and continued to show the haters why we are the defending Super Bowl Champions. So I ended Sunday feeling great.
This morning I woke up at 5 am. Got out of bed at 5:05. Threw on the gym clothes I had laid out the night before and headed out the door for the gym. When I got to the gym I felt good. Like “YES! I made it!”, because truthfully getting out the bed when its dark and cold outside is HARD. But daylight savings time has me waking up and hour earlier, so I decided it was time to get back to my early morning gym routine. After four months. Yes, it’s been FOUR months since I stopped going to the gym regularly.
Earlier this year I was going to the gym faithfully 4-5 times a week. And I started seeing results quickly. Then I started feeling myself and got too confident and slacked on my relationship with the gym. And now 10 pounds later, I’m finding my way back to the treadmill.
People often view starting over as having failed something. Well not people. Me. I view starting over as having failed something in the first place. Like a failed relationship. Or a failed business. Or even a failed weight loss plan. I currently weigh the most I ever have and I hate it. But isn’t of feeling like I failed, I’m changing my view and I’m just beginning again. Like the saying goes…
Here’s what I learned from starting again:
- It’s not failure. It’s a learning opportunity.
For me, I learned that I am stronger than I think I am, can go farther than I think I can and a good playlist (or two) is necessary for extra motivation.
- Failing to plan is planning to fail. Preparation is key.
I have to lay out gym clothes the night before because the last thing I want to do at 5 am is fumble around my drawers for matching gym clothes. Yes, I said matching. I’m that girl who likes to be super coordinated at the gym. Sorry you won’t find me in a dingy t-shirt and sweats with bleach stains on them at the gym. I find that if I look good, I feel good. #extramotivation
- Be intentional with my goals.
Rather than just saying, “I want to go to the gym more”, I am actually being specific and saying “4-5 times a week. In the morning. Before work.” I’m a procrastinator, so “going to the gym more” could easily be, going one time a week since I wasn’t going at all the week prior, but if I want to lose weight, I have to be specific with how many times I plan to work out and stick with it. The more specific I am with my goals, the easier it is for me to stick to it.
- Be realistic!
Set goals that are actually achievable. Having unrealistic goals means there is a greater chance to just give up when you realize you can’t reach it and can also lead to disappointment.
- Measure actions as well as progress.
SO I hide the scale in my house. Because if not, I’d be one of those people to get on it every morning and then feel discouraged if I don’t see the numbers change quick enough. And sometimes your clothes might feel looser before you ever even see the scale go down. So I’m measure my actions. How many weeks I can go to the gym consistently 4-5 days a week? How many crunches, lunges, etc. can I do in 45 mins? How long can I stay on the treadmill without feeling bored?
- Starting over means you are still in the game and haven’t quit.
And since summer bodies are made in the winter…pray for me.
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