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?

About stellarfashionandfitness

I am Jennifer, a 35-year-old woman living in Birmingham, Ala., miles from my Northeast-based family and some of my closest friends, but loving the Magic City, my husband and the friends I’ve made here in the South. I’ve lived in nine different states, plus London, and worked for some top-notch publications (Southern Living, Women’s Wear Daily/W magazine) as a writer and copy editor. Now I am loving my role as assistant editor at a bass fishing magazine.
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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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