This fall, the Glitter Guide team set personal goals we wanted to achieve. For me, the goal was working out. I talked about my struggles with getting back into a fitness routine since the birth of my daughter in my last post. I made a list of steps that I felt would help me get to the gym three times a week, and it’s time to give you an update.
Since setting expectations for myself, things have definitely improved. I’ve noticed that I’m better at planning my time and making an effort to prioritize the gym. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is by setting a goal for myself and writing it down, I’m more likely to attain it. Also, telling people about my goal to get back into shape fuels my fire to not let them down.
That being said, I’ve had a lot of setbacks. With the launch of the new Glitter Guide and the holidays, my time has been limited. There were weeks that I didn’t set foot in the gym. It can be pretty disheartening, but I’m trying to be gentle on myself. I try not to make excuses, but if there is a day that I can’t make it to the gym, I simply aim to go on an off day that is available. Other days, even when I do make it to the gym, it’s a super-quick workout. And sometimes, I just take a walk outside and count that as my activity. It’s not the same as it was in my 20s when I was able to really push myself and get to the gym five times a week, but it’s something.
One trick that I’ve discovered during this journey that helps me exercise more often, is making sure I bring my workout shoes with me in the car. That way, if there is some free time that opens up when I’m out and about, I can swing by the gym or go for a quick run. For me, all these little steps are helping to invigorate me and help me get my groove back.
So, while I still have a long way to go, I feel good about my progress thus far. It may take more than this season for me to get back to a routine I’m proud of, but I’m on my way.