Happy New Year! For many of us, myself included, today marks the day we said we would start working out again, stop eating and drinking so much junk, and generally begin making the new year a time for a “new me”. Sound like you? Me too. But if you’re like me, today was also the day you were recovering from New Year’s Eve festivities and decided to put that all off just one more day. Today I’ll be sharing some inspirational quotes to motivate you (and myself) toward taking action so that we’re not saying “tomorrow” again tomorrow. I’ll also share my thoughts and experiences as related to those quotes. At the end, I’ll have some questions for reflection. Ready? As Shaun T says in Insanity’s Cardio Power and Resistance: “Come on ya’ll. Let’s goooo!”
“You cannot reach new heights if you continue to associate with old habits.”~~Paul Sutherland
I’m not going to lie. I have been terrible lately about investing in my fitness. Over the last four months, I’ve accomplished a lot, including working over 500 hours for my practicum while also putting more hours than I want to think about into a final paper for my master’s in counseling psychology, but what I have not accomplished is exercising regularly and cutting down on caffeine and sugar. In fact, with having to be at my practicum site earlier than my body clock likes, I increased my intake of sugar and caffeine, and with the hours I was putting in, I exercised so little, with the exception of a few walks, that I may as well say I didn’t do it at all. I was also running on about 4-5 hours of sleep several days of the week. Slacking on my exercise, drinking too much caffeine, eating too much sugar, and getting too little sleep are all habits that aren’t serving me well, and I need to ditch them.
“If it is important to you, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” ~~Unknown
Did you pick up on all the excuses above? I have the same 24 hours in a day as everyone else, and if I had made different choices during several of them, I could have made time to exercise. I could have gotten to sleep earlier to be more rested and therefore could have avoided the temptation to perk myself up with caffeine and sugar. I didn’t do those things, though. I made excuses and kept allowing myself to get away with it. After finishing Insanity, I was in “the best shape of my life,” as Shaun T said I would be, and now, if I’m not in the worst, I’m close to it. I don’t tell you that to discourage you, but so you know I am a real person with real faults and that even as much as I enjoy working out, I am capable of getting off track, so far off track, that I have to say that I’m starting over. And that’s okay, because it’s never too late to invest in fitness. I was capable of getting in shape once and am capable of doing it again, and so are you.
“There is no secret routine. There is no magical number of reps and sets. What there is, is confidence, belief, hard work on a consistent basis, and a desire to succeed.” ~~Steve Justa
Many people look for that “magic” solution to help them get in shape or lose weight. There isn’t one. The only thing that works consistently is to be consistent in maintaining your fitness. There is no one routine that will work for everyone, and it might even be that a routine doesn’t work for you. I have found that to be the case with myself. As cool as it was to get my I Earned It shirt from completing Insanity, and as much as I’d like to get a shirt from my other favorite programs, sometimes I just don’t want to do what’s on the calendar or maybe even a workout from that program. Too often, I let that become an excuse to skip the day.
While I do plan to complete some programs in the future (though I’ll probably allow myself “cheat” days with other workouts if I get bored or lose motivation so that at least I’m still moving), my plan for the new year is to start off by doing a variety of different workouts from the various programs I own. This will help me to stay entertained and motivated and may help you to find a program you’ll be interested in, because I have quite a library to choose from and will be sharing my experiences with the workouts I’m doing.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great”~~Zig Ziglar
It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are in today, whether you’ve made exercising a priority before and have gotten off track or your idea of exercise has always been walking from the couch to the fridge. All you have to do is start by doing something active tomorrow, whether that’s pushing play on your favorite Beachbody program, taking a walk, or doing some jumping jacks, situps, and/or crunches while watching your favorite TV show. If you’re interested in doing a Beachbody program and need help selecting one to meet your interests and goals, please contact me and I can help you choose one and help you stay accountable while you complete it. Although I might change my mind and choose another workout, my plan for tomorrow is to either do Piyo Upper Body or Piyo Lower Body (or maybe both if I feel really ambitious).
Questions for Reflection
I have three questions to help you get motivated for making changes in the new year. If you have a fitness blog or journal, you might consider answering them there. If you don’t have one but like the idea, wordpress.com is a free platform for blogging. I started this blog there before switching to self-hosted, and I encourage you to try it out.
1. What habits do you need to kick to help you reach new heights?
2. What are some excuses you’ve been using to avoid exercising or making other healthy changes in your life?
3. What kind of exercise do you like and like well enough to keep doing it consistently?
Please consider sharing your answers to these questions and/or your thoughts on this post in the comments below. If you liked this post, please subscribe to receive future posts and consider passing this post along via one of the sharing options below. I’m starting a 30 day blogging challenge to help me get back into posting on this blog, so there’ll be lots to read. I have plans to post on workouts I’ve done and am doing, fitness and nutrition books I’ve read, improving wellbeing such as through meditation and sleep hygiene techniques, healthy recipes I’ve tried, and other fitness topics. If you’re interested in doing the challenge, check out that link. It’s free and fun. I’ve been doing it on my other blog and have really enjoyed it. Let me know if you decide to participate. Best wishes on your journey to invest in your fitness!