Ok. I’m going to be very honest with you all today. I’ve been back in my food and workout routine for just under a week and it’s KILLING ME! You think I’m joking? I’m not. I actually feel unfit, I feel like someone who hasn’t worked out in a long time. It’s no fun
Friday I was in The Big Game! Lacey’s athletic drills class and I was sucking wind so badly and loudly she had to laugh at me DURING CLASS. Saturday I ran outside with a good friend, which was great; that is until the next day when my hip flexors felt like they could snap in half. My social Sunday afternoon plans were shelved in favor of lying on the couch, because the double header of The Big Game! followed by spin had taken every last gasp from my body. Monday morning I actually threw up in my mouth a little during spin class (I know… attractive right?!). And Yesterday, well yesterday everybody was back at the gym in full force and I couldn’t help but notice how we were all looking at our reflections just a little sadly in the floor to ceiling studio mirrors. It’s DEFINITELY JANUARY!! And yes, I know that my workout schedule probably sounds a little insane to some of you but that’s what I need to do to be the way I like to be Plus, I love it. Just NOT right now!!
What’s my point? My point is that it’s incredibly hard for us ALL to get back into our focused and disciplined fitness routines after a few weeks (or months) of relative relaxation and indulgence. If you’re having a hard time motivating right now; are slightly horrified by the extra little layer of softness on your body (that’s a hard one for me!) or just can’t quite believe that your cardio endurance or strength has decreased THAT quickly then you are NOT ALONE. I don’t know anybody who isn’t fighting that feeling, and I include all the fitness fanatics I know in that statement. I want you to know that if we’re making it look easy it’s because we’re smiling through the pain and that’s the truth. We’re all human, as super disciplined and athletic as we try to be.
How can we smile? Because this much we know for sure. If we all, you and I and them, if we all just keep persevering, keep at it, keep pushing through the red-faced, out of breath “I wanna puke” feeling for just three weeks or so. If we fight the call of the couch, at least until AFTER the workout then IT WILL get better, steadily, maybe a little slowly, but UNDENIABLY better.
You know what else happens? Our brains start getting used to the feeling of working out too and we start to look forward to it again, we start wanting to make healthful food choices again so as not to undo all this hard work, and time that we’ve invested in ourselves. It starts to come together again. It does.
So if you’re coming back from an extended December fitness break, or if you’re a brand new ‘RESOLUTIONS’ gym member, just know that just a few weeks of consistent effort will give you dramatic improvements in your fitness and energy levels and is enough for those jeans to start to feel a little looser again too
So Yes I Can. Yes You Can. Yes We Can !!!