Through several epic fails and subsequent hard won successes, I’m finding that wanting to lose weight isn’t enough. The whole feel-better-look-better-live-better thing is great, but translating those goals into success took more than motivation.
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Having an overall all goal means nothing if you can’t meet daily goals. I just started another round of P90, which requires workouts 6 days a week. I love it. It’s fun, but it takes serious dedication and usually requires working out at night. I don’t really like working out late at night, since I have a hard time getting to sleep afterwards, but it’s sometimes the only time I have. Between playing in a rock band, a Celtic band, doing my school’s pep band, and chaperoning Tri-County Honor Band rehearsals and the tour, I often don’t make it home until 10 or 11 pm. I’m busy, everyone is. So, I’m not going to stress out over a couple missed workouts so long as a couple doesn't turn into a lot, but it’s very easy to let one or two missed workouts turn into a week, then into a month, etc.
I’ve basically decided this time around to exercise when I can, and I’m not going to stress out about having to miss a few workouts when I get home late. On those nights it’s more important to me to get sleep than try to work out late at night. This might slow down my overall progress a bit, but if I’m still making progress and not grinding to a halt, I’m happy. Health is a lifetime goal, not a short term one. I’m much further along health wise than I was a year ago.
I want to be healthy, not only for me but also for my son. I had to figure out a consistent workout schedule that jives with being a band director and weekly evening commitments. I have all the motivation I need. I simply have to keep putting into action. What are your motivations? What do you do to keep yourself going and accountable?