I had been thinking about it for awhile - I struggle with motivation and consistency when it comes to working out. Say I missed a Monday, my whole week would be screwed up. If I worked out Mon-Wed, but took Thursday off, I would then take off the rest of the week. Of course, that's the better end of the stick, sometimes I would take weeks or months off. I didn't want to be like that, I wanted to workout more consistently and look at it as a daily thing but also a lifestyle thing, not per week - like I 'ruined' this week, may as well eat all the food and start again next week. You know? Anyway. I wondered if I could 'trick myself' into working out everyday.
If you follow me on snapchat (kristenlees122) then you are aware (and are probably sick of me sharing my workouts every.damn.day) that it totally worked. I tricked myself. I told myself that I 'had' to share a workout on day 2, then on day 3 etc etc. Now it's kind of like a snowball rolling down a hill and I don't want to stop.
The thing is, I have had several people say something along the lines of motivation and I just have to.. well honestly, laugh. I am the least motivated person I have ever met. No joke.
I am the kind of person who will bail on anything and everything, unless someone is relying on me. I don't ever let people down if I can help it. My bestie and I run every Sunday and I have bailed on her once back in October and I still feel horrible about it. So all I did was post a couple of pictures and then all of a sudden I felt like snapchat - no, not my 'followers' or friends, just snapchat, was 'relying' on me to share a workout. Of course, I know this is ridiculous. But who cares, if it works?
I haven't lost any weight doing this.. actually, I have gained weight. I'd like to tell myself it's because of the weights and muscle weighs more than fat don't ya know, but really it's because I have been eating enough to feed the Duggars.
Also, not all my workouts are hardcore. I have no desire to hurt myself by running or lifting weights every day. The whole point of this for me was to set up a habit, a routine of some sort. Unfortunately, it's not as easy as '21 days to make a habit!' because it's been more than 21 days and I know if I took tomorrow off, I would take 2 weeks off. Like I said, I'm not very good at moderation, or consistency. Hence this little experiment. But the good thing is I know myself and have (hopefully) found what works for me.
I'm not saying everyone should workout every single day, I'm just saying that - so far - it's working for me. Some days I walk, run, do some yoga, body pump, barre, spin or do squats with KC (current PR 105lbs high five!). I listen to my body and take it easy when it tells me to. Will I continue to share pictures of
Linking up with Alyssa and Tracy.
Just as with anything else, you have to do something you enjoy, you have to want to do it, you have to make the time, not find the time. Of course, on a scale from one to busy I am basically a zero. No kids, no real commitments except work, cats who basically look after themselves, a husband who is healthier and fitter than me thus never encourages me to be lazy.. etc etc. Everyone is different, every situation is different and what works for me might not work for you and yadi yadi yada.
So as of right now, I am going to continue this every day thing. Now if I could just get my eating under control.....