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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

I woke up "late" this morning at 5:45am, trying to convince myself out of working out. I have been trying to wake up around 5 or 5:15 each work day to eat breakfast, get ready for my workout, and prepare my bag with clothes and shower supplies. Since I woke up "late" the second day in a row, I attempted to convince myself out of my planned workout. Fail.

That's right, I was unsuccessful at convincing myself not to go to the gym. I can't help but smile when I think about this. Even one month ago, this would have been EASY to do. I came up with every excuse I could think of:

- I could just shower here at home, what's the point of showering at the gym when I have privacy here and I would be able to do my hair (wouldn't have time at the gym)
- I don't have enough time to get a full 30 minute workout, what's the point anyways
- I'm tired
- I'm not in the mood to workout

Then I thought about the positives:

- I already woke up early, what's the point of waking up early if all I'm going to do is facebook a little and shower
- I'm really not that tired. I have more energy that I'm giving myself credit.
- I don't have to be in "the mood" to workout. How many times have I made myself go when I really wasn't in "the mood"? However, I get in "the mood" once I get to the gym.
- The feeling of actually going to the gym and being able to put a circle on my work calendar would be awesome (see pictures below)
- A 20 minute, 15 minute, 10 minute, or even a 5 minute workout would be better than a 0 minute workout.

And would you look at that?! There are more positives than excuses! So what did I do? I went in and walked on the treadmill for 20 minutes while I read a book. I couldn't help but think of the healthy lifetime habit I've been developing. It truly doesn't matter how many calories you burn, how many miles you run, or how long your workout is in the long-term. Yeah, in the short-term, it could help you lose weight, gain muscle, or achieve a goal; however, in the long-term, what you will remember is not the numeric value of the workout, but the true outcome of the consistency and persistence: HABIT.

My entire life I haven't made this lifestyle habit a priority, and I couldn't be more ready now. In one year, I've had to gain 20 pounds, graduate from college, move away from my friends, learn how to adjust to the real life, lose my father, learn how to deal with my bi-polar mother who ends up in the hospital every couple of years (including the last 3 weeks), make completely new friends in a city with what seems like not much to do and few young people, find young female roommates to live with, and learn how to breakup the 5 year relationship with my boyfriend that never felt just quite right. If I haven't had to hit rock bottom, I don't know what other opportunity I would have had to form this healthy lifestyle habit!

Below are two images of my work calendar and my coworker's calendar. My "circling" of the calendar each day I've done something active (at least 15 intense minutes or 20 non-intense minutes) has become a trend. It feels amazing to inspire others around me. : )

My calendar (17 workout days so far this month!):

My coworker's calendar!

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    That's a cool idea, circling the days in your calendar where you have done 15-20 min of exercise!! Kind of like "gold stars"!?
    1610 days ago
    You should be proud of yourself. When exercising becomes a habit like brushing your teeth you know you've arrived. Way to go!
    2524 days ago
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