Self-discipline. It's a beautiful thing. But it's also tiring. Since my wedding in 2009, I've embarked on somewhat sporadic health/fitness journeys -- the latest documented in my inaptly named "25 by 25" challenge. But here's the problem: I get sick of the routine. My body gets used to the same moves. My palate can't take another freaking banana dipped in almond butter. And in most cases, I settle into a workout/eating routine for a few months, only to be deterred by whatever "event" that motivated me in the first place. Example: For my "25 by 25" challenge, I held on to the promise of getting fit by my 25th birthday. While I still had room for improvement, I definitely succeeded at being the healthiest/most fit I've been in a long time. But our quick trip to Disneyland + our moving adventure a few weeks later translated to a complete lack of time/will to work out or prepare healthy food.
|Oh Disneyland. You get me every time.|
Now that we've had some time to unpack and unwind, motivation has sparked once more. And I hope I'll be smarter this time. While I'm still learning, here are some quick tips I'm using to stay out of a health/fitness rut:
- Don't use the same workout DVD everyday, or even the same instructor
- Track your progress with photos
- Experiment with healthy recipes -- I've got my eye on Mama Pea's list
- Buy cute workout clothes
- Adopt an exercise mantra or two -- PB Fingers has a great post on this
- Think of the long life you want to live
- Two words: summer berries
- Customize a playlist and change it up often
- Don't beat yourself up if you miss a workout or two
- Make drinking water a game. My husband and I compete
- Grab free workouts from YouTube and blogs. I'm currently loving:
What are your tips to avoid a health/fitness rut?