I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I will ever truly feel like working out and getting in shape is “fun”. It’s called a “work” out for a reason.
Over the years, I have probably joined and quit over a dozen fitness facilities just due to the fact that I wasn’t using my membership. I could find almost any reason to use as an excuse to not go to the gym that particular day. Not having someone to go with was a huge factor. I have found that being accountable to someone makes a big difference in my fitness journey. So now that I am accountable to anyone reading this, it has definitely given me a bit more a push this week to make sure I am keeping myself on track.
Aside from my gym membership, I am also using my Fitbit and the MyFitnessPal app to track my daily activity. I find that having to enter my daily intake of food and drinks and watching the calories drop and drop has really been an eye opener to me. It has really helped with my portion sizing and definitely the decisions I am making at each meal.
I have a bit of a competitive edge to me with my Fitbit, so if I am anywhere close to getting my 10,000 steps in at bedtime, I will walk in place or around the house just to hit that goal. There is quite of bit of satisfaction to feel that vibration on your wrist when hitting that goal.
So for me, a large percentage of it is accountability, having someone to face up to when I am not staying on track. But that is all fine and good but if you are hating every single minute of it, it’s never going to work.
That is why I have seen progress when I find something that I actually somewhat enjoy doing. At my gym, I have found this great Zumba instructor. She makes the class fun and I actually now look forward to it. I have made a few friends in the class and they have even started to comment if I miss a class. So there is it again…..accountability.
My suggestion is try a few different classes or activities and see what you like. For years, I swore up and down that Spin class were NOT my thing. But recently, I was convinced by an employee at the gym to try this particular Spin class. Yes, for days afterward my butt ached but otherwise felt amazing after the class and have gone to several others since. It’s definitely growing on me.
Personally, I prefer classes over just using the machines at the gym. For me it is just too easy to step off the treadmill at the first signs of sweat. But in a class, I would personally rather die that admit defeat and leave a class. I do also like to get out and run, but I always have to go with a route in mind. If I don’t have it all mapped out, again it is too easy to just turn around and go home.
So this week, in the spirit of accountability, since my last post:
Exercise: 3x gym visits, 30 minute walk on lunch break, 40 minute bike ride
Food Management: Stayed on track 6 of the 7 days (Saturday and bbq’s are always my downfall)
This next week may be a tough one to keep everything on track with my son’s last day of school and a few days off for me, but I will try my best and share the results next week. I would love to hear what you do to keep yourself on track and make fitness fun!
Don’t forget to check on the progress of the other lovely ladies that are on this journey with me.