Remember me?!?! I know I keep apologizing for being MIA lately. I’ve been spending the last couple weeks trying to figure out what my new normal is between working at least 9 hour days, while still trying to fit in time for friends, family, outings with coworkers, workouts, blogging and SLEEP.
Since today is the start of a new week (spoiler alert: I don’t write these posts at 7am in the morning when they go live, I actually write them the night before.), and since I feel like I’m getting a little bit of a better grasp of things at work, I’m working to reincorporate things like blogging and working out back into my schedule.
For the last 3+ weeks, I’ve been so busy with packing, moving and starting a new job that my workouts have gone to the wayside. I’ve only been averaging about 1 workout a week, compared to the 4+ I was getting in before everything went crazy. Even though I feel like I spend basically my whole day walking (I seriously need to start tracking the miles I walk each day because it’s insane), I can tell the lack of regular workouts has started to catch up to me (not just physically, but mentally too). So my new goal is to work to incorporate it into my crazy schedule.
There definitely are a ton of people that inspire me to live healthy, but for me, the main thing that inspires me to live healthy is not a person, but progress. Confused yet? Let me explain by sharing a short story.
Last night after work, I decided I wasn’t going to veg out on my couch and yell curse words at my TV since my cable wasn’t working properly yet. I decided that a more productive thing to do would be to hit up the gym, even though I was tired and hungry. I could have come up with a ton of different reasons to stay home, but I decided to lace up instead.
I went to the small gym in my apartment, did a quick warm up, followed by some stretches and decided to see how far I could make it on the treadmill before having to stop from knee pain. I started with no expectations, but just decided to see what the day had in store for me. On top of my knee pain, I have been having really bad side stitches when I’ve been running, so I really wasn’t expecting to make it too far before having to stop to take a quick walking break.
I ended up making it 2.86 miles before I had to stop for a quick stretch break so I could finish out my 3.1 miles of RUNNING! This was beyond a huge mile stone for me since the last time I was able to consecutively run 3.1 miles was March 2014 when I managed to take first place in my age group in a local 5k.
Now I will say that the super cute guy on the treadmill next to me did provide a little motivation to keep going since it kind of seems like you’re racing the people next to you on the treadmill (please tell me I’m not the only one that does this!). I did however realize I was completely off thinking I was keeping pace with him when I realized he was running sub 7 minute miles and I was running sub 10 minute miles, but I digress.
The real thing that kept me going last night on the treadmill and the thing that inspires me to live healthy is seeing my own progress. I love the feeling of knowing that I am stronger and can make it further than I was able to just a couple short weeks before. My progress is something that I alone have control over. It’s proof that hard work and dedication really do pay off and that you’re capable of doing whatever you want as long as you put in the effort. No one can make me go to the gym or run an extra mile when I feel like stuffing my face in a bowl of froyo. I’m the only one that can make that decision for me.
Questions of the Day:
What is your healthy living motivation?
How do you fit your workouts in, despite a busy schedule?
What’s one fun plan you have for this week?