Getting Back on Track

Starting from a young age, I have always been very active. As a kid, I was always outside playing sports. As I got older, I ran, partook in kickboxing classes, and lifted. I must admit that I never really experienced not being active. It has become who I am and this is the reason why I maintain an active lifestyle. Being active and fit is who I am. Please note that I am not saying this to boast, but to confess that I didn’t know what it felt like to be inactive.  The most I had ever gone without exercising was maybe a week or two up until now.

So this past year has brought about many changes in my life, most good, some not. I have found it difficult at times to stay on track with my diet and exercise. These past two months, have been particularly tough. I have maybe worked out 10 times! Yikes! Considering I was working out 5 days a week, this is horrible. My boyfriend says not to stress because I look the same, but it doesn’t matter to me. I hate feeling out of shape and mentally off. For me, exercise makes my body and mind feel balanced. It improves my clarity and gives me the confidence I need to endure life’s struggles.

Wondering what would cause me to be so completely thrown off track. Here is goes….. I quit my career of over 15 years, moved across the country, lived with my mother for a couple of weeks, ate out like every other day while saying bye to family and friends, and then got the flu. None of these reasons are an excuse as to why I didn’t make time to work out. There were times when I could have squeezed in a workout, but chose not to do so because I was just overwhelmed by life.

Finally, I am in my new place in Texas! We have a gym on the premises…..bonus, but I still have not gone yet. Wow, talk about having an epiphany! I finally understand what people mean when they say that they have no motivation. I love to workout,  but getting back into the routine has been hard for me.

Now I can speak first hand of what has helped me to get back on track! I started out with an affirmation like “I can do this”, “Exercise makes me feel better”, “I am an athlete”,etc… I also visualized what I looked like and felt like when I was in great shape. Then, I followed these steps.

1. Start out with fewer days and work up to your ideal schedule. I started with 2 days the first week, then 3 the next, and I am finally up to 5 again.

2. Don’t try to workout with the same intensity you did in the past and if there is no past history, just start moving.

3. Make small progress with each workout. For me, I started out running just ten minutes my first day back and each time I worked out, I added five more minutes of running and decreased the amount of time I walked.

4. Schedule your workouts for the week and commit to doing this for yourself.

Take a deep breath and say….”I got this!” Starting is the hardest part, so keep that in mind as you take that first step. Starting to get back into a healthy lifestyle is definitely tough, but not making progress in life is worse.

 

Laura Ciampa