Hey changers, are you still going strong on your monthly resolutions? Surprisingly, this whole “tackle one resolution a month”-thing is really working out well for me.
My March goal for 12 changes in 2012 project was to get back into a workout routine.
I am happy to report that my strategy of making it to the gym three times a week has been working (for the most part) with astoundingly few internal mental battles. I was expecting far more debating with my inner weaker self about why I really need to go to the gym even though I am tired and would much rather sit on the couch and eat ice-cream every night.
I set my workout schedule to Tuesdays or Wednesdays (after work), Fridays and Sundays and did manage to work out three times every week with the exception of my birthday weekend where I was out of town and one week where I didn’t make it to the gym in the evening after work due to – if you want me to be honest – laziness. (I know! Go ahead and judge me!)
I can’t tell you though how much better I feel, now that I have a regular workout schedule again. First of all, I don’t feel so guilty all the time (I know, it’s self-induced guilt, but it’s definitely a motivator, too) and there is definitely an increased level of energy associated with working out. Duh. As if I didn’t know that all along, but you know how the mind works:
just because you know something is good for you
doesn’t mean it’s always easy to implement.
The thing is this: I actually like working out. My problem is rather “making time and getting myself to the gym” than “doing the actual workout”. Once I am physically at the gym, everything is fine.
I also always tend to forget how good I feel after a workout. There really is some truth about workouts and endorphins and all this science talk, you know. As with so many other things, it all comes down to time management and setting priorities for me.
I think I will be on the “3x a week” schedule for a while. I really can’t see myself making it a daily thing (at least not right now), because there are so many other things I want to fit into my busy schedule, but I think 3x a week is a good start and who knows, maybe my body will soon start to crave the physical activity more and more. I’ll make appropriate changes as I see fit.
How did March go for you?
Did you achieve your goal or did you have trouble with following through?
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