Get in shape or make excuses. You can't have both.
Today when I got home I REALLY did not want to go to the gym. I was thinking of every excuse possible to cancel.
Unfortunately, my fitness endeavors do not pay the bills. I have a career, am a leader in my community, volunteer, serve on boards, and at some point try to find time to unwind mentally.
As I laid on my bed exhausted, I realized I had two choices. I could waste my evening or suck it up and work towards my goals. I've committed to fitness long enough to know each day counts and every workout makes a difference. Pardon the cliche, but consistency truly is key. Sure there are those times when I have a stressful day at work and the only thing I reach for is a glass of Chardonnay, my PJs, and mindless entertainment but I aim to keep this to a minimum. I feel stronger mentally and physically after a workout. It empowers me to be the best I can in all aspects of my life. The next day I'm refreshed and ready to conquer the world.
Do you make time for your favorite TV show? Is TV more important to you than losing weight and feeling better about yourself? It all depends on what your priorities are. You do have enough time for your kids, job, AND working out. I'm guessing if you are reading this getting in shape is on your mind. All it takes is one hour 3-5 days a week depending on your current fitness level. If you've been sedentary for a long time 3x weekly is sufficient to start. Otherwise set your expectations higher to see results.
How to get motivated when all you want to do is drink:
- Put on workout clothes that you feel confident in and look in the mirror. Nike head to toe always makes me feel like a bad ass.
- Listen to upbeat music. My motivation tonight was brought to you by Pitbull, "Time of Our Lives".
- Drink pre workout 30 minutes before heading out. It's like crack for gym rats. Beware of the kind that stains your mouth red, you'll really look like a junky.
- Remember why you decided to start. You won't fit into your skinny jeans by sitting around and the scale won't magically move in the right direction.
- Think of how accomplished you will feel after.
I left the gym energized and came home to take Molli for a walk. This just added to the positive vibes. Tomorrow I'll be prepared to take on whatever Wednesday has in store, plus my skirt will fit a little bit better...