It's not "falling off the wagon" if you've got a death grip on the bumper
Monday, March 29, 2010
I am not consistent. At all. I don't do morning cardio every day even though I'm supposed to. I don't do my cardio twice a day on non-session days, even though I'm supposed to.
But this wagon has something to grab onto, and I have a strong grip (it's all those weights, maybe). I may be dragged for a while, but I still have a shot to get back on.
I increased my workouts and healthy habits in stages. Long stages that took a while to set up. When I'm having a bad day (or a bad week), I fall back a stage.
Stage 1: Drink water instead of other drinks. Make better food choices at the restaurants I go to. Try to get some activity in (I walked to lunch).
For the first month or so, I followed this stage. Pretty soon it became enough of a habit that I could start on my second stage.
Stage 2: Join the gym and sign up for personal training. Start cooking for myself. Do what my trainer says.
In addition to the stuff in stage 1, I did everything in stage 2. On my "lazy" or bad days, I wouldn't bother to cook, but I still made the food choices in stage 1, and still drank water. As far as what the trainer says, it started out with a few non-session days of cardio, then 4-5, then 7 days a week.
Stage 3: Be more active in general, do other things besides the gym. Do the friggin twice-a-day cardio the trainer expects. Make cooking my own food more convenient than eating out.
At this point, since my trainer assigns me 'homework', and he gradually had me step up the number of days I was doing cardio, all that's left is to find new and interesting ways to exercise. On my lazy days, I just do one cardio workout and any session I had scheduled. There are very few days that I do absolutely no working out, and those are ordered by my trainer, because I'm insane.
At this point, stages 1 and 2 are just things I do every day, like brushing my teeth and showering. In fact, driving past the gym and not going in just feels weird. It took me 6 or so months of hard work to get to this point, and I'll be damned if I'm gonna let go now.