First of all, go read this post by Amanda Adams.
Amanda Adams is one of my favorites in the fitness industry. I’ve written about and mentioned her numerous times on the blog. I like the post above because I think many people, including myself, use an excuse of “I don’t have enough time.” It may be true, it may not be true – you have to be the judge. I love Amanda’s quote, “Do the best with what you have, with where you’re at in life.” It’s all relative, right? Someone with children may look at me and think How can she not have time to workout. To a certain extent that may be true but it’s all relative…I can get busy/exhausted with work or maybe there are a few TV shows I don’t want to miss or maybe I don’t want to miss the time with my LEO.(he travels fairly often) One thing that I really love about Amanda is that she reinforce that you have to figure out what works best for you. It’s not a one size fits all mentality, which often comes across when following fitness people on social media. I’ve definitely fallen into the social media trap of seeing really fit people and thinking, Crap I need to do her program to look like that. Honestly, it’s sort of exhausting…I’ve “un-followed” numerous people on social media because they came across as shaming those that didn’t do what they did or they didn’t seem to recognize there is more than one path that can get you to a “healthy” and/or “fit” place.
For November, I wanted to try a little “experiment.”(ok – it’s not really an experiment but I thought it’d be interesting) I printed a blank 8×10 calendar to track my workouts for the month. Although, I do track my workouts, I never really look at it from a monthly view because it’s usually scattered in a variety of places ~ phone, daily logs, etc. Although I am following the workouts of the Bikini Babe program by Erica, I’m not being super strict on ensuring I’m meeting every single workout. So we’re over half way through November and I’ve worked out 4 times…so basically twice a week. For the record, I’m tracking non-gym exercise too like playing volleyball or doing a long dog walk, etc. I ask myself, “Is that balance?” or am I being lazy(lazy defined by me and what I feel works best for me). I can pick out 5 specific days in which I just didn’t have the time or had other priorities that day and I wasn’t going to get up at 4am for my workout. Sleep=Critical for Kirsten. If you assume 15 days, take out those 5 days, assume exercise for 4 days, that leaves 6 days that I made a decision not to go to the gym.
I actually feel quite good and I’m not over-eating but I’m not sure I’m at the right balance for myself. I’m not sure working out 5 days per week is my balance right now. Unless I’m in the right mind-set or have a specific goal, trying to work out 5 days per week can cause me more stress than it’s worth. If I’m working out 5 days a week, it’s usually because I’m following a specific program and I just feel bad about myself if I don’t make the 5 days, then I try to play “catch-up” the following week so am working out 6-7 days that week, blah, blah, blah – it can cause unnecessary stress. I realized this over the summer, so I’ve been trying to determine a new balance. Will I ever go back to a program that goes 5 days per week? Maybe but that’s just not for me right now. But I also don’t think the 2 days per week I have going right now is the right balance either. I’m going to try to shoot for 3-4 days per week for the last two weeks of the month and re-evaluate how I feel.
If you look back at Amanda’s post, you may think the screen shot of her Facebook post from 2010 is motivating or you may agree with her. Yes, you make time for the things you enjoy or the things that are important to you but I have learned over the past few years that you can’t run yourself into the ground either by fitting it all in. If her 2010 post is “balance” for you, go for it. I know that is not the balance I want right now so I need to find my balance.
Do you ever feel this way? Ever feel like you’re becoming obsessive(by your own standards) and need to step back and re-evaluate?(of course obsessive is something you define, no one else!) Or maybe you’ve felt how I’m feeling right now ~ you think you should actually be giving a bigger effort to fit exercise in?