I’ve been MIA for a bit. I would love to say that it’s because something wonderful, life-changing, or monumental has occurred. Regrettably, it’s just due to the challenge I set for myself. Starting a new habit is hard… starting several new habits is even more arduous.
I got about two weeks into my “Ripped in 30″-30 day self challenge. And I took a night off, and then another, and then another. Before I knew it… I hadn’t worked out for 9 days. Almost as many days as I had worked out!! I felt so discouraged with myself. Each day I thought, “what’s the difference if I skip today, I’ve already missed a week”. I was very harsh on myself and breaking out of that funk proved to be very difficult.
Finally, I broke it. A few days ago I just went to the gym and ran.
And it felt good. And it felt great! I know now that I should set smaller, intermediate goals for myself. Ones that allow me to falter or have a night off and not be totally pissed let down in my own self. I am also going to work on appreciating myself. I need to stop getting stuck in The Comparison Trap (one of my favorite PBF posts!) and love me for me.
Yesterday, Sunday, I did not work out. But I ate really healthily and I spent hours and hours cleaning and organizing the house and basement. That was ok.
Today, I did work out… I drove straight to the gym after work and blasted out 3 miles. Stretched and came home. I don’t have to have marathon sessions every night. And I forgot how much I enjoy running! I’m excited for a little prize that will be coming in the mail… I treated myself to a little fun fitness gear! 🙂 Any guesses??
This weeks’ goals:
- 1. Work out 4 days this week. Aim for 2 running and 2 Jillian Michaels or Bob Harper DVD (weighted).
- 2. Limit dining out to two meals. (Knowing we always have gyros on Friday, I’ll need to budget accordingly!)
- 3. Pick one thing about myself to love and appreciate.
I’m going to follow this little girls’ approach.
Sunday I’ll status my goals and set new ones!
Tell me: How do you stay motivated?