You’ve all heard it said about weight loss, “The last 10 pounds is the hardest.” But, what about the first 10? I’d say getting started is the hardest part. Almost everyone talks about needing to lose weight, but how many get to a point where they are ready – really ready – to do the hard work to get started and stay with it? Let’s face it. Losing weight is hard.
I’ve been a personal trainer for 8 years now. I help motivate others. I hold my clients accountable to help them move towards their goals. But, who motivates me and holds me accountable? Well, that’s my job, too. That being said, over the last 2 years I have had what I will call a “series of unfortunate events.” I started out 2014 with the need to take a running break due to foot pain. I did pretty well at keeping myself active with things besides running. However, as we all know, it’s just not the same. Just as I started getting back to running again, I had an accident in the kitchen. I stupidly tried to multi-task while holding a knife and ended up dropping the knife into the top of my foot. I spent most of the summer hobbling around without shoes on. Running was once again off the table. As my foot healed I slowly began running again, but I discovered it was really hard to motivate myself to start running during the rainy season. I struggled with consistency. My running had gone from training for half marathons and a consistent 3 days a week to 1-2 days a week and only about 2-4 miles at a time. Somewhere along the line I had lost my motivation to run. Don’t get me wrong, I wanted to run. I just couldn’t get myself out the door. I often opted for an “easier” form of exercise rather than a rainy day run. In the midst of my motivation loss, I experienced some personal issues that temporarily squeezed the life out of me. I wanted to run because I thought it would make me feel better, but I was under such stress that my body was in a constant state of “flight or fight.” Adding what my body perceived as the additional stress of exercise often reduced me to involuntary tears or even hyperventilation. So, I walked. A lot. It was all I could do for a month or two.
As you may have guessed, the series of unfortunate events led to the unfortunate result of much slower running times and weight gain. I figured once I got back in the groove it would take care of itself. Well, getting back in the groove hasn’t been as easy at I thought it would be. I found myself bailing out of workouts due to fatigue, skipping runs due to bad weather, and just generally feeling unmotivated. What had happened to me? Not only do I feel like I’m failing personally, I feel like I’m failing at my job. How can I be a good trainer if I am not taking care of myself? It’s time to set some goals and make a plan.
I’ve watched many people set too many goals at once only to be overwhelmed and end up quitting. With that in mind, I decided to start simple and focus on movement.
Goal #1 – Get back to 3 days of running per week (1-2 days is just not cutting it!)
Goal #2 – Make workouts non-negotiable. Plan ahead and refocus workouts with fitness goals in mind. Write them on my schedule. No excuses!
So there you have it. I’ve re-started my fitness regimen with a focus on just getting it done. That shouldn’t be so hard. Right?
Stay tuned. I will be writing about this journey back to me with the hope that this will help someone else who is in the same boat and needs some encouragement to find themselves again. Join me! What are your get started goals?