Fitness Check-In: Off The Wagon
Hey all, it’s me again. V for Vetrano here to report on the fitness journey that you all joined me on a couple weeks ago, as I kicked off my commitment from #FatToFit. Thanks for the support btw!
The first couple of weeks were good. I felt motivated, I showed up to Takes 2 Fitness regularly and even joined my friend Sara for a Sunday morning class (yes, I skipped brunch for bettering my body. What?!). Then something happened.
Cafe Roze opened in my neighborhood, my best friend Cassadee Pope had a birthday and SHED Fitness kicked my ass. And just as fast as I was on the right track, I was looking into the mirror singing Taylor Swift‘s sassy new anthem “Look What You Made Me Do” to all the things that stood in my way, admitting I had fallen off the fitness wagon.
I’ve compiled some tips I am going to use to get myself back in the gym and reset my motivation.
How To Get Back On The Fitness Bandwagon
- Give yourself credit. When you’re falling off the wagon, it’s easy to let defeat get the best of you. Focus on the wins and accomplishments you made before the inevitable fall. “Hey I made it to the gym 7 times over the course of two weeks. That’s more than I went all year!” Let those wins be what drives you (literally) back to the gym.
- Don’t overdo it. One of the worst things you can do is burn out your body early on. When I went to SHED Fitness on Sunday morning, I was determined to make it through the class though my body was telling me to stop. Listen to your body. For four full days after the workout, I could barely walk and therefore fell even further behind. Start small and work your way up. Think long term gains rather than quick and painful.
- Surround yourself with support. I have a great support system that doesn’t judge when I miss my morning workout. Find your cheerleaders and lean on them for encouragement when you lose motivation.
- Plan ahead. Put your gym time in your schedule and don’t stress about the upcoming roadblocks. Have a fun wine-night with your gal pals planned? Don’t book gym time for the morning — you already know you’re not going to make that work. Thank ahead and plan realistically.
- Take it one step at a time. Each day you have the opportunity to start over, so take it one day at a time. Every time you make the choice to go to the gym, go for a run or get your body moving is a win. Celebrate it! Just not so much that you can’t get out of bed the next day. 😉