One point that has
helped me be consistent at my workouts is tracking every week. I am a visual
person. Seeing the chart on how many times I worked out. The goal I set to
complete. How many are in progress and how many more to achieve has helped me
tremendously in sticky to my routine.
Many a times I felt
like being at home. Some weeks I am unstoppable. Like, week of 7th Jan, I did 7
workouts- my highest ever to-date. I worked out on the weekends too. I did a
double on Wednesday. I felt great. I was motivated and had a great momentum.
Come next week,
Monday- I simply did not feel like hitting the gym. This feeling lingered and
did not wear-off till Wednesday. During which, I thought a lot about why I feel
how I am feeling. Then, I saw my Vision Board & my tracker (Pic below). It
spoke to me. If I continue slacking, I will not complete 20 this month again.
The first month of the year 2019- which will see me fit & lean.
I made sure to go to
the class even if I lift lesser weights & my heart-rate stands at the last
on the leaderboard. It did not matter. What matters is being part of the 45
minute class. To see people who are working out.
A guy on a podcast
shares a story about how he just drove to the gym, stayed there for 5 mins and
then drove back every day for the first 30 days to just develop the habit of
going to gym.
It might sound silly
to head to the class to work out for 5 mins. But the point here is setting a
routine. Telling our minds – I need to drive to the class every day at this
time – thereby forming an habit. Once that is achieved, one could build on to
stay longer, lift heavier, run faster.
I am training my mind to conquer the ‘Consistency’ hack. Do-20 a month is all about Consistency.
It’s been a while since I posted. I was getting ready for the new year during December and too focused on setting the routine the first week of new year.
Coming back to the ‘DO-20’ December challenge, I managed to do 15 out of 20 workouts planned. 15 classes in a month is my highest since I started on F45 journey-since August 2018.
I was in for a shock when I started checking the number of days I worked out in each month since August. Some months (like October) were just 9 days. 9 out of the 31 days October has.
No wonder my scales did not show much progress.
Yeah ! Lesson learnt. Measuring religiously does not show results. Showing up for more days does.
When we traveled to Dallas from Austin, I packed 2-3 sets of workout wear and was determined to go for a Hot yoga class which is 20 mins from my hotel. But late nights and cozy comforters and sheets at hotel made it harder to kick them off early in the morning.
The challenge proved a point that it takes real focus and planning to do 20 workouts a month. 5 workouts every week. I cannot miss a workout during workdays if I am planning for a leisure weekend. In case I miss on weekdays, I need to compensate during weekends. See, I did not get into those drill downs in my mind in December.
However this high expectation made me workout for at least 15 days and gave me a chance to reflect on my plans for achieving 2019 fitness goals.
December is a tough month to keep up the momentum and consistency in working out.
With taking vacations, meeting friends and family, celebrations, parties, get-togethers – all happening at the same time, it disrupts the routine.
I love routines. I might sound boring but I do certain activities almost every day at the same time. I hate change in my routine. Change that disrupts reaching my peak performance. Change that brings down the momentum resulting in it not forming a habit. A powerful habit that could change the course of my life. For me, Exercise is a habit that can make or break me. My exercise routine gives me the powers to be great at work, at home and everywhere and everything.
When I took a long-awaited vacation to London in the midst of F45 challenge, at around 6 weeks, I lost the focus and drive to keep up. When I returned, I struggle to go back to my classes. I hated myself for doing it. It took me almost 2 weeks to get my head straight around working-out and get my focus back.
(Will share what all I did to regain my focus in another post)
Blogging my journey and sharing my mind with you all is helping me in finding myself. So I have decided to do a December Challenge. To workout 20 days in the month. No excuse- No misses.
I am damn confident to do 20 workouts in December.
How are you exercising this December? Do share with me. Will follow you on your journey
The Fall Challenge wrapped-up on Dec 2nd and I managed to barely complete. I still did not measure myself in detail for recording the change. But I know how I did, which is not really as I hoped I would, so for me the challenge still is ON.
Having said that, I am proud what I did and how it framed my mindset towards high-intensity-interval-training. I now believe with consistency I can definitely see the results in my body and my health.
I worked out for 19 days out of 40 days I planned in the last 2 months. I was most consistent during Mondays and Tuesdays and found it quite a challenge to work out on a Friday evening. On an average I did 3 workouts a week for most of the weeks and my peak was doing 5 workouts in a workweek. I did not work on a weekend, partly because I had a class to attend on Saturday’s for the last 2 months and I do not feel like waking up early on Sunday’s.
Just by stepping on a scale- I got to know I weigh 156 lbs, down from 162 lbs. I am thrilled !
I plan to keep that up and take up more challenges which keeps the momentum going !!!