I made it to the gym last night! YESSSS! I'm so happy I actually did it. I did an hour on the bike. It was challenging but, as always, I felt really good when I got done. My knee is sore today but today is my day off so it works out ok. I'll do some weights tonight after I get some chores done. My next workout is tomorrow morning. I'm going to get to that one too! Think I might be sticking to the bike since my knees are being sensitive.
Unfortunately I didn't get dinner and breakfast for the week made last night like I wanted to. When I got home from the gym and grocery store it was already about 7 so I didn't want to take an hour to cook anything. I had some fruit and egg/veggie/sausage scramble. Not too shabby I just would have liked to get everything ready for the week. I can do it tonight when I have more time.
Finally, I came across this article: blog.myfitnesspa
It was on the My Fitness Pal website. It's about how to find motivation to go to the gym. I thought some of the strategies rang true:
1. Find a closer gym (I think I have this one nailed. My gym is halfway between work and home. Doesn't get much better than that.)
2. Go in the morning (Folks who work out in the morning are more likely to stick with it! I'm working on am workouts.)
3. Go Beyond Should (Feeling like we must do something is a poor quality motivator. I know that. I'm also working on this piece as well because I don't enjoy exercise too much just yet.)
4. Find a reason--just for today (I like the idea of writing down reasons why you should work out--just for today and then referencing them when you don't feel like going to the gym. I'll have to do this)
5. Simply set the alarm (I don't know about this one. I set my alarm every morning for an am workout and I can easily shut it off. Someone suggested putting your alarm in a different room so you physically have to get up to shut it off. I might try that.)
A lot of folks in the comments said, why don't you just not go to the gym and find an activity you like instead? Well, my answer to that is, I don't like a specific type of physical activity. Not really into team sports and some of the individual activities (skiing, rock climbing, cycling, running) I simply can't do yet. I'm pretty limited by what I'm capable of doing...that's why I stick a lot to gym equipment.
Some interesting things to think about as I bike my way through the week.