Sometimes keeping up with a fitness program (or multiple, in my case, I’ve been trying to do LiveFit and C25K simultaneously) is exhausting, monotonous and can make you lose steam.
So I’m devising a plan to get my head back into it.
1) Stay Accountable. Usually … or I should say AT MY BEST, I also log my food into MyFitnessPal. I’m set to certain number of calories per day plus whatever I burn during my workouts (that is calculated from my Polar FT4) Somehow, magically, MyFitnessPal tracks my “macros” (“macronutrients”) and I can get a pretty good sense of how balanced my diet is. Except this week. And the week before. And the week before that. Confession time. It’s probably been 4 weeks since I’ve regularly logged. And (since you already know I’m schedule oriented), you can probably guess I do best when I use MyFitnessPal. And here’s a plug for it, MyFitnessPal is free. FREEEEEEEEEE! None of that guilt you feel when you pay for Weight Watchers that drives you to eat more cookies and avoid weigh-in day. Just regular old FREE. No pressure. I love schedules but I rebel against pressure. I’m a teenager, basically.
2) Find / lean on support. My workout buddy has also been away. WorkoutBuddyTara (should I just call her “Tara?”) was away for a long weekend and, quite honestly, I get a little lonely without the constant “bullying” (I’ve got your number Tara and I know it is really just “encouragement”). I love having a workout buddy and Tara is the best — she gets really motivated often when I’m low and I pick up the pace when she is losing steam. We cheer each other on, usually, unless I’m telling her “No big deal but I just lifted 10 pounds heavier than you” which happens … like only once.
Having a workout buddy has been so helpful for me. It makes sense to have fitness be social (rather than solitary and shame based). Here are pictures that Tara took of me on “shoulder day” because there is nothing more crazy than working out a lot besides working out a lot AND having your gym buddy take pictures of it.
3. Have any pain or physical concerns addressed. My shins have been bothering me when I run (I think it is called posterior shin pain) so I broke down and got fitted for running shoes (you know you’ll hear more about this another time).
4. DO SOMETHING NEW. Nothing kills motivation more than monotony. This week instead of running on the treadmill following the C25K program, I took some cardio classes at the gym in addition to my regular lifting. Sometimes participating in a class can kick my ass more than on my own because there’s no wimping out once you’ve already started (although I did leave an ab class once 5 minutes into it…). And when Tara was around, she and I mixed it up by actually trying “donkey calf raises” but we were mostly laughing loudly in the “big boy” weight room. We tried squats too. And that’s how to you get ‘er done!