I’m not going to set ridiculous goals off the bat but rather set daily goals and then maybe shift to weekly goals, then monthly and so on and so forth.
Here’s my goal for today:
Meander to my condo gym and check it out because, in the 4 years I’ve lived there, I’ve never set foot into that gym. Shameful, I know. I’m allowed to bring a snack (this makes it more bearable and elicits dirty looks from all the other females and somehow motivates me to work out harder) and I’m allowed to feel unsure about this whole thing but the goal is to come back again this week and actually work out again for a bit. By work out, I mean ride the bike whilst getting some reading done for school, because I HATE and I mean HATE running. I’ve never had much luck biking and reading because I get motion-sick but let’s hope this works because then it’s like killing two birds, ya know? Maybe I’ll lift a couple weights, too. Do a few squats. Who knows.
What I’d eventually like to see change in my body:
1 – I don’t need to lose weight; I need to seriously tone up. I’d like to tone my ass, legs and arms a bit more. I’ll add abs to this list as well. OK, I want to tone almost everything
2 – Strengthen my back and hopefully mitigate some chronic back pain
3 – Diminish some of the cellulite which has taken up residency on my ASS and upper thighs
4 – Build a lot more strength
5 – Build endurance so I can climb the Metro stairs every day, since god knows the escalators never work, without feeling like I’m going to die
6 – Increase flexibility
7 - Increase my serotonin levels. read: decrease grumpiness
When I first joined my, very nice, seriously over-priced gym, circa 2006 (membership currently suspended), I was seriously motivated to work out and I have to admit, I looked good. I had muscle tone, I had endurance and then, somehow, my routine was broken and it was a very slippery slope back to cadaverous activity on my couch every day after work. I really liked how I felt like something was missing from my day simply by not getting in a workout. I’d love to get back to that place but not like obsess over it because I don’t have the time to work out every day, unfortunately. And I don't have time to feel badly about that.
How the hell do you motivate yourself to go work out and not go home and lie on the couch? That’s a really tough habit to break – especially when you’re tired. Especially when you’re a student and working full time. Especially when you’re a master at coming up with every excuse in the book on why you can’t get your lazy ass to the gym.
After many years of deliberation, I've come to the conclusion that, I’m pretty sure, this cellulite isn’t going to remove itself...