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"The Rut"

Monday, July 08, 2013

A few years back, if you had tried to deter me away from my daily workout routine, I would've fought you tooth and nail. Now, it's a daily struggle to do anything, never mind spend close to 2 hours in a gym, at least 30 of those minutes on an elliptical.

I recently cancelled my membership at the gym close to my house because I started a new job and the use of their gym facility is free. Well, it's been about three weeks since I started my new job and I have yet to step foot in the gym here. Not only that, but my regular appearances at the yoga studio I love have even disappeared.

I can be the queen of excuses, of procrastination. "I'll do it tomorrow, I'll start next week, next month" have become mantras rather than the preferred "You'll never regret a workout" or "Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels." But for some reason, this "rut" has taken over. My motivation is seriously lacking.

This past holiday weekend, I went to a 4th of July cookout. It was 95 degrees and the couple whose house we went to had a pool so of course I was in my bathing suit for most of the day. I was a little self-conscious, especially considering many of the girls there could have easily been mistaken for supermodels. When I wasn't in the pool, I was wrapped in a towel. I also tried on bridesmaids dresses for my friends summer wedding in 2014. This definitely went better than the pool party and I was pleasantly surprised when the girl told me I would need a size 8 dress rather than a 10, but I know it's the type of dress where my hips and arms will need some serious attention.

Also on the agenda for next year is a 10-day vacation to Puerto Rico for my boyfriend's brother's wedding. The last time I went to Puerto Rico, I was the goal weight I hope to achieve this time around. I was thin and healthy, conscious of what I was putting in my mouth and appropriately (not overly) active. And the last time I went was also in March and I started getting ready for the trip the September before, so I know if I can manage to light a fire under my butt now, I can achieve similar results.

But this rut needs to go away soon or I'll be making excuses all the way to Puerto Rico and down the aisle at my friend's wedding.

Puerto Rico 2009.. aka GET BACK THERE.

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    Keep focused for success.
    1807 days ago
    Good luck on your goals! I understand the whole putting things off manta, I do the same thing. The thing I've noticed though is that those mantras don't make me nearly as happy as actually doing "the thing" makes me. Sometimes I wonder if I'm denying myself that happiness for some unknown reason, but that's what journaling is for, right? Anyway, best of luck!
    1807 days ago
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