I started off the month of December well. December 1 I did Body Groove Dance DVD at home after not dancing in far too long. My ankle injury made me feel discouraged for so long that I couldn't run and I had given up on gentle dancing at home even though that fit within no high impact workouts.
December 2 I did a 5k race with my dad at 6 Flags Magic Mountain. That's when I saw Coach Nicole's #31WorkoutsInDec on Facebook. I thought "this is perfect, I can restart my streak I had started in April!" I thought it was a great motivator because I've been really inconsistent with my workouts, miss days and thought this was the perfect thing to help me stay motivated.
Monday December 3, day 3, I was tired and my muscles were really tight so I decided to keep my streak going with stretching.
Tuesday, December 4, day 4, I ran.
Wednesday, December 5, day 5, it was a bootcamp/circuit training workout with my students.
Thursday, December 6, day 6, was another running day.
Then we hit Friday, December 7, which should have been day 7. Feeling tired from the week I started coming up with excuses of why I was going to go home. I couldn't decide between going to the staff holiday party at work or skipping it. So many people tried to encourage me to go I gave in, saying "I'll only stay a little while..." Well, I got there at 4 and stayed until 8...not exactly "a little while"
Then I realized I had left the shot blocks for the runners for Sunday's race (Holiday Half Marathon) in my classroom! I had to go back. Luckily the party wasn't far from school. So I went back there with another teacher who was nice enough to accompany me with her husband and got the fuel for the race.
I got home, decided I would make stretching my workout since it was late and I was again tired and sore (I haven't been stretching as much as I usually do lately...) Putting my daughter to bed got in the way of stretching. I maybe got 5 min in before I had to put her to sleep. I decided I would continue my stretches after....and then I fell asleep! I woke up this morning and one of the first things I thought was "I broke my streak!!" I am disappointed because I didn't make exercise a priority yesterday. I did, as I often do, make excuses, thinking I was too tired to workout...I considered stretching this morning and counting it towards yesterday's workout. But if I want to be completely honest I broke my streak.
I did do 10 min of stretching/yoga this morning and I am planning to go to yoga at the YMCA...
I just joined on Monday!! I was so excited. Then I did not make it to the gym once this week. My husband and I talked about it before signing up and I said I was going to use it. My daughter's dance class ended and it doesn't start up again until January at the Y so I don't have any scheduled days I *have* to go there. But it seems silly to sign up and not even use it!
Opinions? Ideas? I don't want to break my streak...I want to make it to 31 workouts this month....I am afraid that breaking this streak will allow me to make excuses that I'm too busy/tired to workout other days and will continue into the holidays, skipping workouts on days when I am busy, tired, or don't make it a priority. I really want to stay on track, manage stress, keep up my energy levels, maintain my weight (it is at an all time low right now), and feel proud that I kept this going. Keeping an exercise streak going really helps me not miss workouts when I would have otherwise.
Spark friends do you have suggestions?
How do I keep my streak going? The tracker says I have one day of working out because I already tracked today. But seeing that each day of December was another day counted to my streak was really motivating. I updated my status with my streak on SP and on FB...it was a great feeling. And then yesterday was a disappointment. I want to keep that momentum. I want to keep it going.
I have a half marathon tomorrow! Last year, it was my first half marathon. I finished this race with a time of 3:30. I will improve my time and everything this year.
Hope everyone is having a good month so far and you are reaching your goals! May we all enter this holiday season with healthy habits and doing our best to take care of ourselves, physically, mentally, and emotionally.