It’s January 6th, have you blown your New Year’s Resolution’s yet?
I’m pleased to report that I have not, but it’s been a close thing on a couple of them. My 2014 resolutions, which I wrote about in this blog post, fortunately don’t require me to be on EVERY.SINGLE.DAY in order for me to achieve them during the year. For a couple of them, I could probably slack off for a few *weeks* and still be able to fairly easily meet my objective for the year. But there is one that requires planning and execution pretty much every single week to meet the mark – my quest to workout 200 times in 2014.
One of the questions I get asked a lot is what counts as a workout for this resolution. The rules are pretty simple.
1) To count for this goal, I have to do a minimum of 20 minutes of activity that would not ordinarily have happened in my day. This could be Pilates class, weight lifting, dancing, CrossFit, mobility work, whatever.
2) Since there are days in life where you get a ton of activity even if it isn’t a concentrated time period, I also have a rule that if I didn’t get to the gym but I accumulate more than twice as many steps as on a “normal” day of activity (as measured by my fitbit) I also can count a workout. For me, this is about 6000 steps. (I’m a desk job worker, so there are times I barely get 2500 steps in a day of normal activity).
3) If I work out for over 90 minutes in one shot, I can count 2 sessions. I don’t actually expect to use this one, since I am not training for any lengthy endurance activities. But I had to make this rule in 2012 when I was training for a half marathon because I had times when I had to do a hyooge long walk and then needed extra rest days that week. Nobody in their right mind would argue that I hadn’t gotten the equivalent of 2 or even 3 solid workouts during that period….so I decided on this rule.
This resolution probably doesn’t sound hard to a lot of people – 200 workouts means working out 4 times per week, even if you allow for a couple of week so sickness or vacation or whatever. I actually achieved this objective in 2012, and was planning to beat it in 2013 before I got injured. But I’m doing this again because I learned that while fitness is much more ingrained in my life than it was a few years ago, I still have the capability to go MIA from the gym for long periods of time, and returning requires more willpower than I sometimes have.
Workout #1 was pretty easy. I took a Pilates class at 8am on New Year’s day at Prairie Life Fitness. I enjoy Pilates, I enjoy the instructor, and I enjoy the shiny-fresh-new feeling of New Year’s Day enough that it is way easier for me to plan a workout that morning than it is for me to stay up to watch the ball drop on New Year’s Eve. (For the record, I was in bed at about 10:30 that night). This class was great, and I was on my way.
Then I went out of town for work. I flew out of KC on 1/2, worked the rest of that day, and after work was over I installed myself in my hotel that has a bunch of lovely cardio equipment AND (miracle of miracles) some free weights. I was SET TO GO.
Except that I didn’t want to work out for anything. The 2nd, 3rd, and 4th came and went and I did not spend one single solitary second working out. It’s winter, and it’s colder than normal in Dallas, and I just want to eat and nap and then eat and nap some more. I could make great excuses on these 3 days for not working out – after all, I had dinner with Cousin Debra on the 2nd, Cousin Alicia on the 3rd, and then went to a wedding and had dinner with Cousins Chuck and Linda on the 4th. And I have another resolution to connect with friends and family more, so CLEARLY I needed to do that instead of working out, right? Uh, sure.
I am writing this on the 5th of January, from a hotel room in Richardson, TX. I have an easy day planned for myself – do some blogging work for business and personal purposes, have lunch with a friend, and prep to drive to Houston tomorrow for a few days of work. A perfect day to get to the gym. I had it all planned in my head to go eat my breakfast and then just go do a short walk on the treadmill for workout #2. EASY. Could not be easier. But it took me fully 45 minutes to convince myself to do it. I thought about deferring again, but finally talked sense into myself. I did 25 minutes on the treadmill (made a lot easier by watching the end of an episode of Criminal Minds, which means EYE CANDY in the form of Shemar Moore) and called it good. Workout #2 is done. Probably because I would be willing to shove matchsticks under my fingernails if I could look at Shemar Moore during the experience.
I’m not sure why I have such an aversion to working out right now, and I’m not sure why it particularly extends to HARD work like a really beastly CrossFit workout that I would normally love. Maybe it’s winter, maybe it’s the knowledge that my weight has been horribly, viciously stuck for a while because I am not being very diligent with my diet, or maybe it’s my body really needing a rest. In any case, I know the cure.
The cure is having a lofty goal – or at least a goal that is lofty for me. 🙂
2 down, 198 to go. Let’s do this.