Thursday, February 10, 2011

Gym Hamster - Week 2 Update

So I'm not exactly a "gym rat" yet... but we'll settle for gym hamster with itty bitty weights... I'm getting there.

It's week two. The novelty of the gym showers has worn off, but I do look forward to going! My goal is 3-4 days a week: 45 minutes of cardio each time + this week I'm adding a strength training routine for at least one day a week.

This gym has a cool system that tracks your progress & keeps a routine scheduled for you.. so basically you just have to show up and do it.

If anything, this is something huge I'm learning: Just show up. Don't think about it, don't question it. It doesn't matter if you don't want too.  Just do it. Nike makes a lot of money for a reason.

I've already had several days when I really haven't wanted to go. I'm tired. It makes my already busy life even busier... it means less time with my husband in the afternoons. It means meals are even simpler than they already were and not anything exciting. It means this week I haven't been able to keep up with those dishes that are always haunting me... but I also know eventually I'll figure it all out.

I know eventually I'll figure out how to balance all of it and it will eventually just become a way of life. But it doesn't happen immediately. I think most of my life I've expected "immediately."

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I hope you are all having a wonderful week!

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  1. Yay Carrie! Keep that sense of humor and you'll surely succeed!

  2. It is 100% worth all the effort Carrie!

  3. Carrie,
    What a gift it was to see this today!
    You are doing all the work. Never forget that. You are the one making the choices, packing the food, pedaling the bike. You. I simply have given you some resources and pointed you in the right direction.
    You are making fabulous progress my dear. Not all victories are reflected on the scale :)

  4. So glad you're seeing this as a long term thing and not just looking for immediate results. I think that's what tends to do people in... And you're right, sometimes it's just about showing up. You're not always going to want to do it, you're not always going to give it 100%, but if you just get there and do what you gotta do, you'll make it work. And if you get to a point where you get bored with your routine, ask the other gym hamsters and the people who work there for new ideas...that's what they're there for right?

    (Sorry, I think my inner Jenny Craig consultant just came out)

  5. Carrie, great job hitting the gym! I myself am trying really hard to get back to a weekly yoga routine, and am getting up early (the thing I hate the most) in the morning to do just that. Bought myself a punch card today so I've paid for it and that is a great motivator for me (I hate wasting money too!). It's tough for all of us but you are SO right, you just need to go. You will never finish a workout and regret it.