This post is dedicated to BUTTS, who reminded me that many people face this challenge at one point or another, including myself:
It’s okay you can admit it, you worked your butt off for an upcoming reunion, birthday party, vacation or whatever else motivated you to get into great shape. But since that special event has passed, you have fallen off the wagon. Not only have you been putting garbage into your body, but your gym habit has faded. Admitting the problem is the first step to recovery :)
FYI: #6 is my favorite step
Steps to Recovery:
1. Eat lots of greens to cleanse your liver.
2 . Reward Showing up. Woody Allen says “Half of life is showing up”. Making your gym a habit is mostly about just getting there. Worry about your workouts later.
3. Commit for 30 days. Schedule the days on your calendar for an entire month and don’t change them. Making this commitment will take the pressure off yourself during the first weeks back deciding whether to go and putting it off until the next day. Even if you only go for 20 minutes, get there on those pre- scheduled days.
4. Schedule during quiet hours—Don’t schedule when you have tons of errands to run. First thing in the AM or right after work will keep you from putting it off for “errands”.
5. Draw a red X on your calendar each day you go. This will visually remind you of how much you are giving your body “me time”.
6. Go for yourself, NOT to impress. Going to the gym with the only goal of looking great is like starting a business with the only goal to make money. The effort can’t justify the results. But if you go to the gym to challenge yourself, gain energy, and have a fun time, you can keep going even when the results are slow.