While on my blog I may promote being flexible and taking baby-steps, in reality I’m a total all-or-nothing personality. In the past this has really only worked against me. If I didn’t get to the gym when I was scheduled, well then, I may as well never go to the gym again. Ialready ate a doughnut so I may as well eat an entire baked ham.
As I’ve gotten older, and quite possibly wiser, I’ve really had to learn to work against that tendency. It’s not that it ever goes away, it’s just that I’ve sort’ve learned to talk myself down from crazy-over-controlling-Kim. I’m anal by nature, laid back by practice.
There were many years where I would hit the gym 6-days a week for weeks, then completely burn out or get busy and not get back for months at a time. Somehow that strikes me as not beneficial. This weekend I read an article about scheduling your workout routine in Shape magazine this month, and the advice given surprised me, but also relieved me. The magazine gods said, be flexible. Do you hear the angels singing? Because, yeah, I definitely did.
The anal girl is still in side of me, so there is some scheduling on my part, but in all honestly it’s more of a a weekly game plan, then a diehard schedule. I start the week of a list of classes I want to take, days of running or some other miscellaneous aerobic activity. Here’s the clincher, I always over schedule. I schedule my fitness routine for attrition; I know that there are going to be days that I’m just not going to be able to work out. Looking at my schedule I know I have options. I can either run today or do an exercise video depending on my time. I can take a spin class, or make this my “rest day.” My goal is to workout 4-5 days a week, but, those days aren’t always the same.
I want to be perfect, but I’m not. It wasn’t until I let go of my all-or-nothing mindset when it came to working out, that I really saw progress in my body. I set guidelines for myself but leave a little wiggle room-because let’s face it, life is full of wiggling.
It took me a long time to finally figure this out, but I know that what works for me doesn’t necessarily work for everyone else. Some people need the structure of a schedule to motivate them. What works for you? And, more importantly, what doesn’t work for you?