A little over a month ago, I joined the gym. This was a huge step outside of my comfort zone for me. I had been an at-home worker-outer (Yes, I can totally make up my own words here) for years and that’s what I was used to. I have a huge home workout DVD collection with a variety of different trainers and programs. But I thought maybe the gym would help me in a couple of different ways. I wanted to start building some muscle and, after talking to my friend Stephanie and the great success that she’s experienced, thought the gym could help me with this. I also saw the gym as an opportunity to share Advocare with others. After I found out that my company offered a great discount on a membership, I decided to go ahead and sign up. At first, I loved it. It was great getting to use all of the machines that were there. I was also using the treadmill to get some additional cardio and steps in. I was doing great UNTIL…
4000-5000 steps. Well, at the end of the day, I decided that I still wanted to hit my 10,000 step goal for the day. So, I pulled out one of my home cardio workouts and I met that goal! During that workout, I realized that I actually missed my at-home workouts and this made my mental relationship with the gym change. All this week, I have had to force myself to go to the gym. I’ve really wanted to stay home, but since I’m currently paying for it, I feel like I still need to go.
Another thing I miss are my early morning workouts. I NEVER thought I would say that, but I do enjoy getting my workouts in early in the morning. Then, I don’t have to worry about any excuses later in the day. I feel like I’ve lost my evenings now since I’ve been going to the gym. I’m also a bang for your buck kind of girl. I like to get a good calorie burn in a short amount of time. With the gym, I’m working out for twice as long, but I’m not getting twice the amount of calories burned. I feel like I waste so much time in between sets and wiping down the machines when I’m done with them.
I’m a total mental person. When it’s such a mental struggle for me to get to the gym and then spend my time there thinking about what I COULD be doing at home, I might as well wave the white flag and surrender, because I’m done.
So, now I want your input. How do you get your exercise in? How often do you work out and how long are your workouts? I’m thinking about adding a couple new videos to my collection and would love your opinions. Which programs do you like most?
If you’ve read this whole post, I thank you. Sometimes, I just need to talk myself through something, and this post seemed like the best way to do it.
So long for today…