Beat Yourself at your Own Game
I‘ve admittedly had a rough time keeping up workout consistency over the last two years. At the end of 2013/beginning of 2014, I was doing really great getting back into exercising after being so ill for 12 years. Then preparations for moving abroad kicked into high gear and I just wasn’t able to keep it up. Then I moved. Then I started school. Started learning a language. Started recreating my life. I’m not one for excuses, so I won’t make them… I’ll just simply state that life was crazy and it often just didn’t happen. After a while, I was feeling sluggish and bloated and yuck.
So, starting in February, I said NO MORE. It isn’t the first time I’ve recommitted to getting back to pushing play, but each time since I’ve been in Paris, it only lasted a few weeks and then I fell back off the wagon. Granted, committing in February was TERRIBLE timing. I was struggling with my intensive French classes and even my teacher was telling me to take a medical leave. Most of the weekends were spent looking at flats/houses in search of a new home. Preparing for a trip to the states for two weeks and then a return to France (next week) with my mom. Nothing about that was conducive to a timely restart. I had to figure out how to SUCCEED with “bad timing.”
And I DID IT! I made it through the month pushing play almost every single day. I had a few forced rest days from traveling, but all in all I can finally say I made it a whole month. While this is honestly my biggest victory, the whole point is to be healthier and I can certainly say I’m feeling lighter, leaner, stronger and overall better.
I’ve “failed” enough to know what causes me to fall off the wagon, so here is the system I set up to promote success.
❌ FAILURE PITFALL: Going it alone.
✅ SUCCESS STRATEGY: I joined a challenge group.
It certainly wasn’t happening without accountability and daily support. Challenge groups are held on Facebook and are a group of people working toward the same goals and being better together. They are so key and a great place to not only share victories and struggles but also get great tips and success strategies.
❌ FAILURE PITFALL: Workouts are a chore.
I used to be a gymnast, but also have a history of chronic illness. I am also currently a dancer. I picked PiYo and Cize as they seemed to fit where I was currently with my body, and are also my “spirit workouts.” I had lost a lot of flexibility and strength, needed to avoid impact, but also wanted to have fun and look forward to it each day. I frequently video pieces of my workouts, especially when I’m least coordinated and struggling the most! I love having before/afters to both laugh at and document my progress.
❌ FAILURE PITFALL: Losing momentum.
❌ FAILURE PITFALL: Busy schedule and location dependence.
❌ FAILURE PITFALL: Too tired or busy at the end of the day.
❌ FAILURE PITFALL: Nutrition getting off track.
So, now a good week into March, I’m finally able to see momentum and consistency start to pay off. I had pretty decent BODY transformation results in February, but honestly my biggest transformation was in the consistency I’m able to carry forward into March.