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Need to Get Strict with Myself

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Even through I juggled two jobs while going to college, it was so much easier to fit working out in. Most times I'd do it in between classes. Now that I am an adult, it is so much harder. I get two choices - before or after work. Either way, I am tired when I do it. The last couple weeks, I have been going through a daily cycle of procrastination. It goes like this.

10:00 pm: Sets alarms for 5:45 am.
5:45 am: Reset alarm for 7:00 am and get up at 7:00 am for work.
7:00 am: Pack a gym bag and go to work.
4:30 pm: Tell myself I will go after the gym calms down and isn't busy.
7:00 pm: I'll go in the morning.

You can see where the problem lies. I admit it. When I am tired, I am lazy. But, now as an adult, work is the main focus of the day. This means I have to work out in the morning or evening. I am coming to terms that I have to get more strict with myself. Basically, I need to get up in the morning and do it when the gym is nearly empty and nothing can sneak in before it.

I know if I find a consistent time that my work outs would be consistent. I am looking at starting to train for half marathon and an obstacle course. Ironically, the half marathon, I'd need to have strong hips and the obstacle course a strong upper body.

Right now I am on the fence about the obstacle course but been thinking I might do it as it will give me a reason to strength train. If it's for weight loss, I am like, "What's the point?" I know if I train for a half marathon, strength train three times a week and track my food, I WILL lose weight. But, I need goals to get motivated to do something.

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    I'll tell you what, it's the same thing when you work from home! I would set my alarm every night thinking "I can do this! I don't have to work until 9am!" Then my alarm would go off and I would reset it to 8am. What I've been doing is I go to this website called steadymixes.com and I find some jams to pump myself up around 3pm so I am super psyched to go to the gym!

    Also, I did this at Albert Lea, but I found a bunch of people who were in the same gym as me and we all banded together and held each other accountable. It wasn't so much that we were going together, but just knowing that I was keeping my eye out for them as much as they were for me made a lot of difference!
    2113 days ago
    Perhaps you are simply not a gym person. Is the time to get to and from the gym a deterrent? See what you can arrange to do at home, with no travel time. No, you won't be able to have all the fancy toys the gym stocks; but you can get whatever fits in your available space that is most important to you.

    I didn't make progress with pull ups till I got a pull up bar for home. I just wouldn't get to the gym often enough. Ditto with kettlebells. If I hadn't bought some for myself, I never would have used them enough in the gym to get good at any of the kettlebell exercises.

    Of course, running is ideal for not needing a gym. Get dressed, out the door, run, arrive home, cool down, stretch, shower. No travel to the gym is needed.

    As far as up early, here's the problem:

    "10:00 pm: Sets alarms for 5:45 am."

    I was never able to get up before 6 until I started getting to bed consistently before 9:30. A certain amount of sleep is necessary, and work made adding sleep to the end of the night impossible. So it had to be added to the start of the night, complete with mourning all the stuff I no longer had time to do in the evening because I needed to be in bed early. But such is the price of being able to rise early. Natural morning people don't notice it. We natural evening people can find it a difficult adjustment.

    Perhaps nothing I've suggested will work for you. That's OK. What's important is, stepping back to think about who *you* are and what has a chance of working for you, even if it wouldn't work for me or your best friend or whoever you admire for being fit and keeping the weight off.

    2120 days ago
    I totally get it.
    2121 days ago
    Hey - would you bail on a promise made to a friend this way?!

    NO! So You owe It you to be friends with yourself! And don't shortchange yourself.

    Put your alarm across the room ... then you'll have to get out of bed to shut it off, and won't bother to sleep more, as you're already up.

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    Sending you Strength!
    2121 days ago
    It's all about getting that rutine going to stay in synch. You'll get there!
    2121 days ago
    Whatever it takes to actually do it! I know you can succeed if you keep at it!
    2121 days ago
    you can do this
    2121 days ago
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