We also decided to dye Easter eggs today, just for the heck of it.
I was thinking today while getting ready for church about how different fitness is for everyone. If there's one thing I've learned over the last few years, it's that there's so many ways to workout and what works for one may not work for another.
I used to see people's results from trying one program or another and think I needed to do what they were doing. THAT'S how I was going to get the weight off. Then I would see progress pics from another form of exercise and think I should try that. Then I'd see pictures of super skinny runners and think I should run more. I felt really lost.
One particular example was the Insanity workout. I borrowed it from a friend, put in the DVD to preview the first workout, watched 5 minutes, and turned it off and returned the program. Why? Because it looked MISERABLE! Not because I thought it was too challenging, but staying in one place doing the same exercise was not my cup of tea at all.
When it comes to being successful in fitness, the key is finding something that works for you and something you actually like doing! After a while of bouncing around I realized I needed to find what I enjoyed. It's impossible to motivate yourself to do something you hate doing. Truly. People are always asking me, "How do I learn to like running?" While I believe it's possible to change your perspective on a sport, like running, once you experience the "high", sometimes you still just hate it, and that's ok.
For me personally, I don't do well working out at home. I kind of liked the Jillian Michaels dvd's after I had Kennedy, but I got bored really fast and convincing myself to do them everyday was a constant battle. No one was watching me so I lacked accountability and motivation. Some people thrive working out at home, and that's wonderful for them. I highly admire their determination to get themselves moving. No one pushes them except themselves. But I struggle.
I also don't do well in competitive environments. Before I found my gym I was taking a boot camp class at Vasa Fitness (Gold's Gym at the time) that was an excellent workout, but it was super competitive. The instructor was always comparing clients with one another saying things like, "If this girl can do it, so can you!" Some workouts would be timed and we would discuss our times which I HATED! It wasn't a positive feeling being there. If I have to compete with anyone other than myself to be "good" at something, I shut down. It isn't good for my self-esteem.
I found my niche at my gym. It's extremely versatile so I don't get bored, I have supportive and kind friends in the class who build me up instead of compete with me, it challenges me and there's always room to improve, it has a daycare so I get my "mommy time" every day... I could go on and on. But the point is, it fits me. It works for me. I love it. I don't wake up and think, "I have to go to the gym today." I get excited to go! I hate the days I can't go.
So, find what you love. Try new things. You'll never know what might spark your fire. Just because someone else is running and dropping pounds like crazy, doesn't mean you have to do it, too, if you hate running. Our bodies are unique and each responds to its own recipe. Most importantly; there is no right or wrong way to work out. One way isn't better than another. They're just different. So find your "different" and you'll have much more success. We don't all have to do things the same way.
That's all I've got for you today. Peeling off that mask was so crazy! It was like peeling off dry glue from your hand when you were bored in school. I loved it.
I'm pumped for a new week and to watch the Boston Marathon tomorrow! Let's do this!