This is not a New Year’s Resolution for me. It’s something that I am consistently trying to make happen. For me, the benefits of working out regularly are overwhelming and there really is no reason why I shouldn’t be able to do it. OK, so why does it feel like such a struggle?
THE MOTIVATIONS: *My husband is totally supportive of me getting out for a run or to the gym; it’s one of the things that he is willing to help me make happen. *I have a gym membership and it’s less than a mile from my house. *We have a family membership, so my husband and I can taking turns working out while the other is taking our daughter swimming, to play with the Swiss balls, or run around. *Exercise clears my head, helps me de-stress, makes me nicer to be around. *I love the ability to model good health for my daughter. *There are a billion resources to help motivate me when I don’t want to go.
THE BARRIERS: *Baby, it’s cold outside. *I have lame workout clothes. *I have difficulty coping with the guilt of leaving my 2.5 year old if I decide to go to the gym solo.
Sooooo … with all of the reasons why I should get some fitness into my week and all of the opportunities I have to make this happen, I have been taking action. I certainly don’t expect to have a figure I never had. And I certainly don’t want to change all of my eating habits just yet. (I can’t tell you just how true this is.) I just needed to find something that works with my slightly wacky full-time work hours and my guilt of carving out some time out of the house.
Struggling to find the time and motivation to exercise is by no means a unique problem and I’m sure that it’s something that some other people can relate to. So if you are looking for a little motivation, which I always am, check out the following links! For whatever reason they have been staples for me when I really am having a hard time getting going or am full of excuses.
… Or you may think I’m a total dork and am totally cheesy. (Full disclosure: I am!) So, the latter is probably more likely.
Additionally, I have swapped numbers with a couple of women at the gym. We get along well, but don’t really talk outside of there. However, we text each other to say when we’re headed to work out. If they make it, they make it. If not, no biggie. But there’s some healthy guilt in knowing that someone else is at the gym and I’m sitting on the couch housing Christmas colored M&Ms my husband found in the discount bin at CVS. (Jumbo bag, FYI.)
So if motivation is something you sometimes find difficult, please know that you are not alone. There are others out there. Let’s meet up at the gym.