Setting Priorities

I often start posts here with ” A few years ago when I was losing weight consistently … ” I do this because I try to remember how dedicated I was and how working out, almost daily, wasn’t a major effort: It just happened. I didn’t have a problem arranging plans with friends to occur after my workout. I got a good sweat in most weekends first thing in the morning so I had the rest of the day to do weekend-things. It wasn’t a chore: I just did it.

I’m not sure what changed or when it changed, but I seem to have to really force myself to get to the gym these days. When I have something I really like doing to look forward to — such as spinning class — it’s easier. But when it’s just me, going to walk/run on the treadmill, maybe lift some weights, I dread it. I skip it if at all possible.

I’ve decided that’s why I need to take advantage of doing the things I like — spinning, Zumba, Body Pump (I have a love-hate relationship with the 5:30 a.m. class. I love when I do it; I hate getting up for it!) — and although it’s hard to say no to doing other things to make time for these workouts, the truth is, I need them. I need to workout more consistently like I did a few years ago.

So I might miss an event or two, or have to ask a friend to do lunch instead of after-work drinks, and I might miss lazing around on a Saturday afternoon, but in the end, I know it will be worth it. It’s time to get my priorities straight.

Do you have a hard time saying no to social engagements in order to get your workouts in? How do you balance this?

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2 Responses to Setting Priorities

  1. samn10 says:

    I balance it all by setting my day up in a way that always allows me time to workout. I prefer the gym, so if I make it in great, if not I may try to do a at-home workout, if I skip that, oh well. I do not bully myself for not working out every day… Losing and maintaing weight loss is very difficult, and I know I have come so far, no need to feel less than because I didnt get a good sweat in. Also, NO! I never say no to social engagements to workout, you have 24 hours in a day, I think a 30 minutes workout can be easily squeezed in anywhere before or after a social engagement.

    Best of luck balancing it all :)

    • Hi! Thanks for your comment! I completely agree that you can definitely fit in workouts AND social engagements! I should do better getting up earlier and working out in the morning, so I have time to do the things I want in the evenings. That’s always been a huge goal for me! On days that happens, I love feeling like my workout is already done and my evenings are free. Today, though, my favorite spinning class is at 6 p.m. So I do have to choose between a social outing and the class. But if it’s just a workout I’m doing on my own, I need to make more of an effort to get my butt outta bed!

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