Posts tagged layers
Posts tagged layers
Every week on my Facebook page, I try to focus on a different topic that will help on this journey towards better health and fitness. Last week’s focus was “Working Out”. While I have been fairly consistent with my workouts, I haven’t been as consistent as I have in the past. I made Working Out the focus so I could address the cause of my recent inconsistency.
Having been on this journey for some time, I have found that success is about so much more than the obvious things - exercise, eating right, etc. A big part of success on this journey is about learning about yourself. If you’ve been following along here or on my Facebook page, you know I am currently doing Les Mills Pump (Pump), a home version of the popular gym workout, BodyPump. http://beachbodycoach.com/esuite/home/cnewyou?bctid=1306891281001
One of the things I have learned while on this journey is that you have to like your fitness program or you won’t do it. I have also learned what type of fitness program I like. My personal preference is one with great music and a variety of moves that make me think and keep me motivated. Pump has all of that, so why have I been inconsistent with my workouts?
As I took the time to ponder that question, I came to the realization that I had fallen into an all or nothing mentality with my workouts. Pump is a barbell based weight lifting program and when you lift weights, in order to see results, your muscles need time to break down in order to build up, so the main program is 3 days and the other 3 days it calls for walking and an ab workout. With my new schedule at work, I can’t always fit an hour workout in before work, so rather than do as much as I could and feel some success, I had been pushing the entire workout to the evening. I must add that I have also learned I am more likely to complete my workout when I schedule time in the morning before my day officially starts. Armed with this new knowledge, I completed my 45 minute workout in the morning, so all I “owe” is the 15 minute one. I felt such a sense of accomplishment.
I had also been debating whether to continue my schedule and complete the workouts I missed at the end, but I’m a very methodical person, so that solution wasn’t sitting well with me. I decided to complete my missed workouts before continuing with my schedule. So far, this has worked for me.
Like an onion, I will continue to peel back the layers until I reach the inner core of the things that have been hindering my success all of these years. And like an onion, the things I uncover may sometimes make me cry, but I will be better in the end as a result!
I hope you are peeling off your layers and each day you are a step closer to realizing your personal dreams.