Tuesday, January 14, 2014
It's been a long time since I've had any form of consistency. It's sad, really. Last time I was focused and, though I had rough days, I knew my goal and made a beeline for it. Of course, last time, anger and hurt were driving me and those, as it turns out, are definitely the dark side of motivators for me (quick, easy, fast, but not lasting.)
I've been consistantly struggling with consistency since I found myself happy in March of 2011. Two years. I haven't gained everything back - but a lot of it.
I won't make any great promises on blogging, I've never been great with it, but I had to post how much of a difference one small thing has made in the last week. I finally found a gym which is convenient (5 minutes from work!), in my price range ($24), AND has a pool. I learned a long time ago that swimming is my exercise of choice. I love it so much that I've even been able to work myself out of bed early (4:45am) to be able to drive the hour to the gym, work out, get showered, and drive the last 5 mins to work.
This never happened with the Jillian Michaels videos. They're fun, and I feel it, but I could always talk myself out of it in this morning ("Oh, I'll do it when I get home." "I worked out yesterday, maybe I need a rest day. I'll do it 3x a week." "I walked a LOT yesterday, I don't need it." Which lead to the breakdown of all my good intentions - no excercise, then no tracking, then an all out binge on Coke, Pop-tarts, and whatever else I wanted..
I don't want to be prematurely excited but, with the new accessibility of a pool? Consistent since last Thursday. Swam Thursday, Friday, and Monday mornings. Did Jillian's Yoga video Sunday, Elliptical and Strength this morning. Tracking every day and not cheating (which I suddenly got horrible about the last few months.) Excited about getting to swim tomorrow morning.
And my new gym, though a little old (it's just been bought and is slowly being renovated - like the brand new pool - but the rest of it still needs a lot of work) seems to be full of such nice people! Every morning of my trial pass (because a gym is a relationship and you have to make sure it works for you before you sign up) I've had other members greeting me, telling me to have a good day, being generally friendly. So nice!
So tonight I commit and sign up for the full membership and, depending on how I feel, I might take another spin on the elliptical.
Have a good day, Sparkfriends! Take the next step on your journey!