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?