As you may have noticed, my workout partner and husband Greg has been nonexistent in my last few blogs. As much as he tried, he just couldn’t keep himself motivated. I really thought he finally turned the corner. It just didn’t stick. (Maybe it was because he read my blog about him.) I think I’ve heard the basic excuses as to why he “can’t workout tonight.”
- I’m just too tired
- It’s been a long day. I just want to relax
- I have a lot going on right now
- I’ll workout with you tomorrow
- I’ve been under a lot of stress
Do these look familiar? I know I used them quite a bit a year and a half ago and I’ve heard them from more than just Greg. I am not saying these things aren’t real. I completely understand the feelings behind all of them. I am a working mother of three, two of which are teenagers, and a wife who has to attend to the needs of the family. Like most people working right now, it’s stressful worrying about whether you will be out of a job next week or wanting to move into a different career direction, but the opportunities are slim.
As a Beachbody Coach
, I try and help people stay motivated towards their fitness and nutrition goals. I haven’t been in this very long and I used to take it personally when someone would stop because of the reasons stated above. One thing Greg has taught me through all of this is encouragement and accountability work great, but it ultimately comes down to you having a desire to make that lifestyle change. In Tony Horton’s words, “Nobody said it was going to be easy.” Don’t get me wrong, I still get disappointed when someone returns to the dark side, but since I don’t know how to do Jedi mind tricks yet, there’s only so much someone else can do.
Now about those excuses above. No one can take better care of yourself than you. No one is going to give you an hour unless you take charge and commit that time to you. Since my change in lifestyle, I have been able to deal with stress in my life better and I’m not near as tired as I once was. It’s a priority because the costs both financially, mentally, and physically later will be much higher than now. By working out, it helps me to relax later and enjoy the rest of my full day.
I mentioned an hour of your time, but that is the max I spend working out. There are several things you can do that don’t require much time. The Ten Minute Trainer
is, you guessed it, about 10 minutes. ChaLEAN Extreme’s
videos average around 35 minutes. If you would like some help in determining what would work for you, I would be happy to assist. Finding the right program is one of the most important ways to keep you motivated. Another is setting goals for yourself and sharing those with someone. I’m not sure if Greg had any clear cut ideas as to what he would get out of his workouts. I also don’t think Insanity was the workout best suited for him. Maybe he just wanted to spend quality time with me.