Actually, a lot of what Marion has been writing about lately and what my husband has been discussing with me for a long time is starting to connect.
- Make fitness a priority
- Have a positive outlook
- Stick to your goals
- Do exercises that you enjoy
- Try new things
- Attack fitness with the same determination as other life areas
- Consider fitness my new job
- Focus on being healthy
- and more!
So how am I going to do this? Clearly what I have been doing is not working because I'm choosing for it not to work. I have to ask myself what did I do differently the one and only time I did successfully lose almost 30lbs? I was committed to fitness and I made it a priority. I looked forward to going to the gym most days. I didn't make up any excuses.
How did I do this? I decided to do it. I made it a goal that I would go to the gym every workday. I went to the gym every workday (5 days) before I went to work. I got up early. I went. I came home and showered and dressed for work and then I went about my day. I did exercises that were no-brainers. I hopped on the bike and then I did the weight circuit. On days when I didn't feel like going to the gym I didn't have to think about it - I went and I went through the motions. I did short workouts (30-40 minutes) so it wasn't inconvenient to my day or too taxing on my body.
What I've discovered about myself...I can't commit partway. If I say I will gym 3 days a week I have 4 days a week where I can say "Oh, I'll go tomorrow instead". The problem is I don't go tomorrow either. I try and take on too much in order to match up to people who have already put forth the baby steps. I need to start small and not think about what I need to do next. Early morning workouts do not work with my adult work schedule and I won't go to the gym if I come home first, so I need to go to the gym directly from work. Everything else can wait the extra hour for me to gym, drive home, and shower. I need to pack a pre-gym snack or else I will eat junk food on my drive to the gym to make up for missed lunches during busy work days at my schools. I need to get over the 3 week only commitment hump to make this part of my life.
The new mindset: I am committed to going to the gym all 3 days after work and when I wake up on my 2 non-work days for the next 4 weeks. I will not miss a day even when I am on my cruise (which is conveniently during week 4 to help get me over the slack-off hump). In 4 weeks I will assess my happiness. If I am a happier person I will continue with my new mindset and determination. If I am not happier then I don't know what I will do next, but at least I will know I tried with full commitment.