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Tuesday, January 6, 2015 Permalink

I was supposed to return to my exercise classes today.

Regular readers may recall I’d finally started doing some exercise a month or two ago – just a couple of circuit classes a week – but it was better than nothing. And after just a half a dozen classes they almost felt as if they’d become part of my routine – a good thing in my book, if one is to sustain any sort of exercise regime. And when I had a couple of sessions off because of other commitments, I didn’t find it too hard to get back into it.

However… the circuit classes started again on Saturday. I was planning to go. I was very committed and all… but then I stayed away on my house swap a bit longer than expected so missed the class.

My weekend was pretty busy and for a range of reasons (and other stuff I didn’t get to) I returned to work yesterday feeling mentally exhausted. In need of a break. I started fantasising about skipping the Tuesday circuit class so I could have more ‘me’ time on my day off. (I need a lot of down / alone-time, but more on that in another post!)

My mother reminded me how good I would feel after the class. I reminded myself of that sense of accomplishment – having done something I really didn’t want to do.

So I decided to go.

And then I slept badly, so… (#spoileralert) I didn’t go. The sleep thing was just an excuse I realise, but enough of one so I did’t feel entirely wretched with guilt.

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After doing no exercise and gaining so much weight I really need to start 2015 on the right foot. I know I just need to pull out the JFDI card and perhaps force myself the first time and then it’ll be ok. It’ll be familiar and comfortable again. It’ll be doable and not overwhelming and not something to dread.

In a burst of conscience I’ve messaged the trainer to let him know I wouldn’t be at the class, but I did say I’d go ahead and book in for a couple of personal training (PT) sessions – including a first ‘enrolment’ session. So… there’s that.

Naturally as I lay in bed tired and wallowing I opened various social media apps to see pictures of those who’d already been on morning runs and the like. Gah! Bastards! I hate you all.*

Have you recommenced exercising in 2015? Or – like me – have you lost your exercise mojo? 
Any hints, other than the JFDI thing?

Linking with Essentially Jess for IBOT.

* No I don’t. Well… sometimes I do. 😉

28 Comments
  • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
    January 6, 2015

    I just started back yesterday and I’m not going to create any excuses. Mind you I do mine when I feel like it. I could never stick to appointments with personal trainers so I just walk and do sit ups. I find walking to be very therapeutic for my mind and after a while of doing it regularly (like a week) I get addicted. Plus it’s free. Have you thought about walking? You can set goals and do it when it suits you and you do burn about 300 calories an hour. Seven days a week burns off almost 1 kg a week. It’s slow but it’s something you might stick to and grow to love forever.

    • Debbish
      January 6, 2015

      I do like the idea of walking Michelle but at the moment I get shin splints and a sore back / hip. I figure I really need to drop some weight first. When I first made my seachange walking didn’t feel like it was enough and now of course I’d LOVE to be able to do more. My ultimate plan is to just do a circuit (or similar) a couple of times a week (to get some strength work in) and then do some walking. Eventually. Of course I know there’s nothing stopping me doing 5-10min walks until I can walk further. But…

      • Michelle Weaver (@pinkypoinker)
        January 6, 2015

        Actually I came back Deb because I thought I sounded like a know it all. Don’t worry I have my own battles with belly fat that I just can not shift. I’d have to walk 20 km a day to get rid of it and it’s all from too much wine. You do whatever makes you feel good x

        • Debbish
          January 6, 2015

          Oh no I completely understand. In reality now I’d seriously just be happy to be someone who walked most days and perhaps did some yoga or pilates for strengthening. Once upon a time I felt like I needed to do more but I’m more zen about it all now. Finding something I enjoy it usually the most important thing. I’m a fan of dance classes but haven’t found anything locally. Alas.

  • Jacana
    January 6, 2015

    When I feel this way – I make myself go for a walk. Having a dog helps. Takes until the end of the street and then I am feeling good. I also do things like make myself park the car a little further away and walk to where I am going – this helps me not feel so guilty for not turning up at an exercise class. It is hard to get the mojo back when you just don’t feel like going.

    • Debbish
      January 6, 2015

      Yes, it really is just starting that’s the biggest challenge for me. I know once I’m there I’ll be fine (cos I don’t mind the class itself) and after I’ll feel great. *sigh*

      • Jacana
        January 8, 2015

        There is always next week

        • Debbish
          January 9, 2015

          I made sure I contacted the trainer and arranged my one-on-one assessment appointment to lessen the guilt! 🙂

  • Kirsty @ My Home Truths
    January 6, 2015

    My husband is going back for his first post xmas session today. He was supposed to go yesterday but we were in Sydney so today it is. I’m proud of him going back – it’s hard to create that habit again after a break. Good luck getting back into it Deb!

  • toniazemek
    January 6, 2015

    You’re one step ahead of me Deborah. I promise myself I’ll find a personal trainer/gym but am still yet to get in contact with either. Here’s hoping I can make that call sometime in 2015. Great post.

    • Debbish
      January 7, 2015

      If you’re anything like me Tonia – you’ll break the act of contacting a gym / PT up into doable chunks. ie. week 1. turn on computer; week 2. google ‘Gyms / PTs’; week 3. write down phone numbers; week 4. rest week; week 5. locate list of phone numbers; week 6…. etc.

      😉

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life
    January 6, 2015

    I had my first day back at the gym yesterday after a 3 month injury break. I’m trying to talk myself into going tomorrow morning. It is so much harder after a break and when you have sore muscles after just one relatively easy session!!!!
    I was about to ask what JFDI stood for but then I worked it out. My brain has had too long a holiday as well as my body! Lol!

    • Debbish
      January 7, 2015

      Oh yes the JFDI thing – not sure if it originated in the Michelle Bridges 12WBT program, but I don’t think so. I know I found memes with it in back when I was doing it. Obviously it was initially an update of Nike’s “Just Do It” logos! (Swearing added for additional emphasis!)

  • Jo
    January 6, 2015

    Sorry, full of excuses, but am my own worst enemy when it comes to motivation. These days I go before I go to work- otherwise I have all day to come up with something creative.

    • Debbish
      January 7, 2015

      The worst thing was I prepared to go. I put my water in the freezer the night before, got my stuff out etc, made sure I had the right money etc. So I’d gone from deciding NOT to go, to deciding to go. And then….

  • Tegan Churchill
    January 6, 2015

    I was supposed to start Yesterday and I worked myself up into such a tizz that I had physical symptoms that meant that I really couldn’t attend. I was kicking myself so much!

    • Debbish
      January 7, 2015

      Ah yes, I know that feeling – and then you start to doubt yourself wondering if the physical symptoms are psychosomatic or really exist?! (Well you do if you’re me!) 😉

  • Char
    January 7, 2015

    I skipped my run yesterday if it makes you feel any better. And I thought about making it up today but that didn’t happen either. But I definitely will be dragging my butt out of bed tomorrow. No excuses.

    • Debbish
      January 7, 2015

      Yes Char, I actually made the appt with the trainer for my ‘first’ enrolment / assessment session (for Thurs) so figure once I committed to that I was locked in to restarting.

  • Bec @ History of Parenting
    January 7, 2015

    I’ve given up on exercise altogether:-) I never had an exercise mojo to start with! I just try to walk a bit more and figure that’s pretty much it, apart from running around after two little boys.

    • Debbish
      January 7, 2015

      Yes Bec, I’ve gone through various stages of exercising / not exercising. Sadly I seem to only do extremes. A friend of mine keeps really fit and doesn’t formally do any exercise, just stacks of stuff with her kids and is always rushing about!

  • EssentiallyJess
    January 7, 2015

    I’m bored with my exercise routine, but can do very little to change it at the moment, which is frustrating. Why can’t we just eat and in not make us fat?

    • Debbish
      January 8, 2015

      Completely agree Jess. They said it’s 70% food / 30% exercise anyway (or 80 & 20).

  • jessicadub
    January 10, 2015

    I have lowered my standards on what counts, which has motivated me to do more at the momet because it is more achieveable. In my past life if it wasn’t a hardcore sweat session it didn’t count, now a walk or stroll is still exercise so I am claiming it. Making it part of your routine definitely helps. Maybe some rewards, like new clothes or movie every 4 sessions? It is hard though.

    • Debbish
      January 10, 2015

      Ah yes Jessica – rewards (of the non-food type) are a great idea!

  • cheryl
    January 12, 2015

    Glad I have not ever experienced this phenomenon….I started “exercising” when I turn 16 in 1970 as I found I LOVED to run and then added cycling, swimming, weight lifting, mountain biking, to the mix along with yoga (which is where I am headed now at 6 a.m.). Make exercise an adventure- go further or faster or attempt something new every day! It’s all about motivational exchange. Off to the gym now….

    • Debbish
      January 13, 2015

      Well done!!! I used to enjoy my casual sporting trainer as a youngster, but hated the rep training stuff (mainly cos it involved horrible running activities and time trial type stuff). Before my seachange, when I’d gotten a bit fitter, I’d gotten into a habit with my gym and I did dance classes on two days and really enjoyed them (and pump class and pilates etc). I’d be too unfit for something dance-based at the moment, but hopefully when I build my fitness a bit again I can try to find something. Nowadays enjoying myself is more important. I’m happy to get outside my comfort zone a bit (keep doing higher impact dance steps when I want to drop it down, or lift a heavier weight) but not too far (hills / running).

      Fortunately I’ve been to TWO circuit classes since this post! (Almost vomited at the first, but the second was better!)

      Deb

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