The one resolution for 2018 I’ve been both eager and dreading to start working on is prioritizing exercise. It’s been about half a year since I was last working out regularly. The reason I stopped was because I had gotten overwhelmingly busy at work, which will happen every September since I work at a school. As a result, my anxiety levels rose, I stopped sleeping well (or at all), and so my morning work-outs stopped happening. By the time I stabilized my sleep schedule I had lost all motivation to exercise.
A similar thing happened this January, at the beginning of the spring semester, which delayed my “2018 fitness journey” by several weeks. Something that helped me was using a cannabis tincture at night to relieve my anxiety-induced insomnia. I’ve never been a medical marijuana patient, but since California recently started signing off on licenses for dispensaries to sell recreational marijuana, I was eager to explore this option for myself. Since then, I’ve been getting a regular 8 hours of sleep at night! Now all that was left was getting started on actually exercising!
This past first of March was the first official day of my work-out challenge. The internet is full of “work out challenges”, such as this month-long Bodyweight Challenge from Shape Magazine:
The problem with these challenges is that I have no one to keep me accountable, and nothing to motivate me (other than knowing I *should* be making an effort to be healthier). These challenges are also unappealing to me, because they don’t sound very fun, and sometimes they require a lot of equipment. So about 2 years ago, I came up with a solution for my work-out woes.
Working out is easier when I work towards something. For me, weight and appearances are poor motivators. I do not weigh myself, ever, and since gaining some weight in college I make it a habit to invest in clothes that adapt to a couple of pounds gained or lost. Instead, I work towards a treat reward, which I will get in 8 weeks. Sometimes that means treating myself to whiskey and fries, and other times (like now) it means investing in a gold-plated ceramic pipe. Once I know what I’m working towards, and how long it will take, I set the terms. This time around I have to work-out 5 days a week, for at least 30 minutes a day, and stretch for 15 minutes every day. Then I create accountability by checking in with friends when I’ve worked out, and sometimes by working out with them! Lastly, I let myself be flexible with my work-outs. Some days my work-out will consist of a hike or a long walk and on others I am tuning into Blogilates’ daily work out playlists or Yoga with Adriene for some yoga practice at home. I’m also adapting to evening work outs!
I’m at the beginning of my challenge, but hoping I can make it to my reward day! Let me know how you stay motivated to work-out!
- I briefly mention my cannabis use above for medical and recreational uses, but I am no way encouraging or endorsing marijuana use for other individuals. Basically, you do you, and follow your state’s laws.