Thursday, February 14, 2013

Non-Scale Victories: Gym Time!

In addition to it being Random Thursday which I posted early this morning it is also the day to link up and share my Non-Scale Victories (NSV)!  This is my favorite NSV of all the ones I have posted about so far.
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My NSV for the week was definitely going to the gym this morning and completing 30 minutes of cardio.  This was huge for me because I hadn't been to the gym in at least a month or two, if not more.  I completed week 1 day 1 of the C25K (couch to 5K) program and while it was a little rough for a number of reasons the important thing is I went there and I did it!

I have to thank the blogging world for helping me get to the gym.  Reading about Katie going to the gym to work with her personal trainer, Lex hitting the gym for Zumba classes and Halie's work at the track with running has really motivated me to get back to the gym.  If these ladies, and all the rest of you out there, can be getting to the gym for whatever is your thing for workouts why can't I?  There was no reason why I couldn't so I just did it and I feel great about it physically, mentally, and emotionally!

The biggest reason I wasn't getting to the gym I think was that I was not mentally committed to going.  I would think about it and talk about it but what did I ever do to really commit to going?  Nothing.  Yesterday I told Lex and my friend Diane that I was going to the gym the next morning.  I told my mom about it.  I told my aunt I would be stopping by her house to use her shower and get ready for work.  I told the Twitter world.  All of those people I told knew I was going to and how would I feel if I didn't go and had to answer to them as to why I didn't?  Truth is telling that many people really made me accountable to the words coming out of my mouth.  Actions speak louder than words and I wanted to make my actions support my words.

I am pretty sure the words coming out of my mouth changed as well.  In the past I would always say, "I'm going to try to, I might, I think..."  But yesterday I said, "I am."  I was no longer thinking about or unsure if I would.  I was committed!

Something else I did to help get over the mental road block was sleep in my gym clothes.  It removed a step I would have to do in the morning in order to get out the door.  Now had I packed my bags last night I would have made this morning even easier, lesson learned.  Having everything ready will make it so easy to pretty much roll out of bed and go.  And when it's that easy how can you not, right?!

I definitely want to continue this because I have been feeling awesome since I made it to work this morning.  I proved to myself that I can go to the gym in the morning before work, get myself ready afterwards, and make it to work on time.  I have no reason to stop so I'm not going to!

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What is one of your NSV for the week?

4 comments:

  1. I am so proud of you! Honestly, reading that you've found such motivation from other blogs and that it has helped push you to giving it a try is awesome. You are doing such an awesome job and I can't wait to read about updates about your gym adventures! Thanks for linking up :)

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  2. This wouldn't let me post yesterday on my phone but this is awesome!! I love that you made yourself accountable and went to the gym!!

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  3. I found you through the link up and am so glad I did! That's awesome starting C25K, this is what I used to start running and it got me hooked. I absolutely agree with what you said that getting over that mental hurdle can be the hardest part. Even though I've grown to love the gym (on most days!) I still find myself having to climb that mental hurdle sometimes. You sound so motivated, I can't wait to read more about your journey :)

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  4. Hi, I'm following from the NSV link up. Great job getting to the gym! I look forward to following your journey!
    Have a great day,
    Theresa

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