I’m kidding, but kind of not..
Do you ever skip a day at the gym which then turns into a week of skipping and then the next think you know you haven’t gone for two months? Yeah, that.
Why is it that it is so easy for a cheat day to snowball into a cheat year? Or for a day of being a couch potato to turn into a couch potato lifestyle?
I am going to admit- this has been me for the past week. Before that, I was on my grind for like a month! I was meal prepping, doing workouts at home AND at the gym, I was waking up early, and was almost never on social media. Living my best life.
So, what changed that? A change in routine. I love and hate routines at the same time. Routine holds me accountable, but it can get boring.
What was the result of a change in routine? A change in priorities and endless excuses as to why I wasn’t being as productive as I could be.
Can you relate? Keep reading,
So today was my first day back at the gym. What steps did I take to get out of the rut I’ve been in for weeks?
The first: Reflecting.
How good did I feel when I was going to the gym nearly every day? How lazy did I feel when I slowly stopped? Which of the two feelings do I prefer? What’s more worth it for me and what aligns most with my long term goals?
The second: Realizing the excuses I was making took more energy than the things I was making excuses for.
It takes so much energy to come up with excuses for yourself. The common excuse for me has been “I don’t have time” REALLLLLY? So, I had time to watch netflix and go out and scroll through every single social media platform but not workout for even 30 minutes? yeahhhh ok.
The third: Really and truly just showing up.
Instead of thinking too much about how hard the task will be, just begin. Create the word document, write out the list of ideas, make a to-do list, just show up at the gym. Don’t think about the details too much- START! I read this quote earlier this week and it said “worrying about something before it even happens is basically putting yourself through the pain of the event twice”. So very true.
So today, when I went to the gym, I brought my iPad and responded to emails while on the elliptical. Since I hadn’t been to the gym in weeks, I thought I would take it easy, but ended up running for 45 minutes! It felt so good.
I promise once you take the first steps in getting back into a routine you’ll truly wonder why you ever stopped.
The hardest part is just to start and it’s all in your head. Stop the excuses and do it.
You know you will feel so much better accomplishing what you’ve been putting off than continuing to make excuses.
Does anyone else have any tricks they use to get out of a rut? I would love to hear!
Thanks for reading 🙂