Wednesday, November 21, 2012

1st Workout: Fuck Yeah, That Actually Happened!

The nice thing about putting your money where your mouth is, it helps motivate you to follow through by putting your...I wanna say 'butt', gonna say 'actions' instead...actions where your mouth is as well (understand my hesitation?).  Serenity and I signed up for our gym memberships online over the weekend, then took gym bags with us to work Monday morning.

Here's the part where I worried we might falter.  Sure, we were actually both pretty excited to be getting started, but we have built a strong tradition of deciding that we're going to do a thing at a specific time, getting to the specific time, then saying, "LOL! Nope."  But not Monday.  Monday after work we went straight to Planet Fitness, wrapped up the last bit of paperwork, hit the dressing rooms, and actually worked out.  We kept it short, simple, to the point, then got out of there.

Like I said in the previous post, over-planning can kill motivation.  When you start a new attempt at weight loss there's a part of you that wants to do it all in one workout.  That part will try to tell you that if you don't try to do it all in that first workout, then you are wasting your time, and you'll never really get anywhere.  DON'T LISTEN TO THAT PART.  That is the Scumbag Brain part, and it is a lying asshole that lies.

So instead of trying to go from 0 to 100 in a day, just try for 0 to 1.  Then, try to maintain 1 for a couple of days (or weeks, or months if necessary; it's your body, you know what's best for it) before moving on to 2.  Be proud that you have the courage to get started, and develop the will to keep going.

Recently Skinny Emmie posted about the plateau she's been on in her weight loss journey.  She talked about shifting her focus to more important metrics for the success of a diet and exercise program, like health, happiness, energy level.  However, she still referred to it as 'stagnant', and I took a moment to leave this comment (because I totes know everything and very graciously share it with anybody who doesn't get away fast enough):

You've maintained a 100lb+ weight loss for months and months, while continuing to develop your health and well-being physically, mentally and emotionally. That's not stagnant. That's holding the line, while fortifying your position. You are a warrior, a general, a strategist, and the fort you are building at this place in your life will not fall.

So starting out, don't focus too much on trying to win the war.  Pick one battle, and fight that with determination and, if possible, joy.

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