Mentoring, Mindfulness, Personal

Fitness Woes

It’s that time of year when the gym is jam-packed with New Year’s resolution people. The time of year when people purchase treadmills and home gym equipment with the goal of being “slimmer” or “healthier than last year.” While I am against the premise of New Year’s resolutions, I am all for the setting of fitness goals. And whatever motivates you (be it January 1st or a break-up or whatever else), I am all for it.

But you’ve really got to start for the right reasons…

The past five years of my life I’ve been like a yo-yo. My weight goes up, my weight goes down. I manage to take off 10 pounds and then I pack them back on. I quit drinking, I start drinking. I eat salads, I eat McDonald’s. You get the drift. It’s inconsistent and wasn’t really working for me (reality check? That won’t work well for anyone).

Then – something magical happened. I stopped caring about those 10 pounds and whether or not I had a drink this week. I stopped caring about getting into that pair of jeans I’ve held onto since 20 years old. I didn’t stop caring about “me,” but I shifted my focus.

What was the focus, might you ask? I skipped the jeans and went straight to how I FEEL!

You see, in that time of yo-yo ridiculousness, I also started reading. I was reading a lot. Several books from inspiring people with healthy-living stories. The people who are embracing mind, body, and spirit. Books like “Pretty Happy” by Kate Hudson, “Mastering Your Mean Girl” by Melissa Ambrosini, and “Wellth” by Jason WachobĀ started to change my mindset in general. I had things rolling on the mind bit and a whole lot on the spirit bit, but the body? Well… it was time to start…

So off to the gym I went. In March. When the majority of the New Year’s resolution people have decided maybe next year (sorry guys and gals)… And guess what happened? I stuck to it. My jean size hasn’t gone down too much (although it has), I still drink that glass of wine (or two) and I periodically eat McDonald’s (holla egg mcmuffins) – why? Why am I not eating salads every day? Why am I not hitting the cross fit gym and looking like a supermodel? Because, well, I don’t care.

I respect the people that have biceps and six packs. I thoroughly admire the dedication it takes to truly get your body into the “best shape it can be.” However, like my blog post last week, it’s a matter of priority and fitness just isn’t at the top of my list. I go to the gym 4-5 days a week, but only for an hour or so (20 to 30 minutes of cardio and 30 to 45 minutes of weights). I make sure, on top of that, that I do at least one yoga class a week. I find I’m eating healthier and drinking lots of water because my body craves it now.

Is it easy to maintain? Sure is, because I love doing it. I want to go to the gym. I have friends that I go with, and I also enjoy my workouts alone. Is my body changing? Hell yeah. I’m proud of what I can lift and do now (and my butt is looking just a wee bit better in other pairs of jeans). Am I ever going to get into those old jeans? Uh, no. Unfortunately, it might be time to retire them. However, most importantly, I feel GREAT.

Change your mindset and you’ll change your progress. I promise. Honestly? It’s so worth it.

2 thoughts on “Fitness Woes

  1. It’s interesting how we all have a different perspective on ‘things’. I’m betting a lot of people would say 4-5 days a week in the gym, at an hour a go AND a yoga workout to boot is pretty hard core. When I was in the best shape of my life in the martial arts phase, I worked out 6 to 7 days a week (not much more than you are doing now). Now I do 2 half hour (fairly intense) yoga workouts a week and the odd time throw in a bit of bowflex and I’d say I’m still in pretty decent shape (especially when you factor in that I’m ancient). Maybe that’s the 80/20 rule kicking in.

    One last thought, I happen to know the person that I think is the best in the area at weight loss management, and he says that weight management is 80% diet and 20% exercise. Hence if weight loss is the ultimate goal, that’s where 80% of the focus likely needs to be. Now that’s not always true. Some people can eat whatever they want and don’t gain weight it seems. Good metabolism. But I do believe what you eat is a big factor in success in this endeavour.

    And finally…(I did say on last thought. Okay. I lied.)…coffee. Coffee is the key to both weight loss and longevity. But it has to be black. Only black.

    That is all.

    1. Hi Glenn,

      Thanks for your thought-provoking response. It is definitely true how all of our opinions differ. The world of fitness is just one of many topics we could debate and discuss for hours. I guess I love my 20%, but neglect a bit of my 80%… šŸ˜‰

      However – we agree 100% on coffee. Coffee is the key to many, many things.

      Thanks for reading! šŸ™‚

      E.

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