Boy, some new habits are hard to establish. Although I am a trainer, I still find it hard to carve out time for my own workouts. Because we are group personal trainers and not group fitness instructors we coach and teach during workouts with clients. Group fitness instructors typically are doing most of the workout with their class. Our company is mobile so we go onsite to various companies to provide sessions for employees. We bring our equipment with us to most locations so there is a lot of loading and unloading plus set up and pack up for each session. This doesn’t even include the time spent preparing the workout for the group. One thing I think our clients or anyone who is not an instructor does not understand is how much teaching a session can take out of you. As the instructor part of our job is to bring energy and get people motivated to work hard to gain the maximum benefit from the session. There are days groups are not very responsive or it has been a rough day so they are moving slow. I love being a trainer and working people hard. When I finish a session I am thoroughly exhausted. I have said all of this to say, the exercise goal for me has been difficult to keep because I feel I don’t have anything left. The water and breakfast goal are a week ahead of the exercise and dinner goal. Keeping in mind it takes 21 days to create a new habit I know I just need to keep pressing forward and making myself get the workouts done. Tonight I left one of our corporate accounts and I was wiped out. It was really hot in the space and I was soaked from head to toe. On the way to teach that session I had dropped off equipment for our trainer to use at one of our other accounts plus met with him after to pick it back up. The absolute last thing I wanted to do was spend time outside in the humid heat for 30 minutes of cardio. But…I made the decision to do it.
I texted Bill and said, “I think I can make it to Enterprise South before they close the gate at 8pm.” He said go for it. The park ranger was pulling up to close the gate when I went skidding in just under the wire. He waved and I waved back. I was certain he remembered me from last night as I came buzzing through right about the same time. I parked, got out and started my walk determined to complete my 30 minutes. I knew if I went home first I was done. I am excited I ran a little longer tonight. I firmly believe the dread of working out is far worse than the actual workout. Once the workout is done I always feel great and so glad I sucked it up to get it done.
When I got home I made a spinach salad with mandarin oranges and colby jack cheese with poppyseed dressing. Bill had gone to the store the other day and bought these rosemary crackers that are my favorite. After I emptied my last bit of water into my Hydro Flask I looked at the bag, opened the bag, got four crackers out then said, “NO” so I put them back and closed the bag. Crackers are on the no-no list for after 2pm. If I start cheating with this I will think I can cheat here and there with different things. Lots of little cheating will add up to no weight loss. A cheat once a week is one thing but I don’t have the habit formed yet to afford the cheats.
This will get easier, I know, but it has been a tough week for temptations. Snacking has been calling my name at night when no one is around to see. Ugh! I have wanted to skip my workouts by saying I will double up tomorrow but tomorrow never comes it turns into today. I am a procrastinator with a capital P. Since I recognize this about myself as a character flaw I have to fight even harder to overcome the urge to put things off. Losing sight of the end goal is not an option.
Water goal met…check
Breakfast goal met…check
Dinner goal met…check
Exercise goal met…check, thankfully!