I've been really frustrated by my failure to work resistance training into my routine over the past several months.
Last fall and winter Michael and I were training with Fitness With Angieon a regular basis, and it was awesome.
Since April, vacations and work and parenting have become big obstacles to the schedule we had in place. I also struggle with going inside to exercise when the sun is shining and I don't need a coat. Some people call these "excuses". I call them "life".
Recently, I started using an app created by some psychologists Sonya Heitshusen and I are working with. It's nothing fancy, but it helps you track your behavior and also comes with a "health coach". My coach, Susie recently messaged me. "I notice you're struggling a bit to get the strength training going. Have you considered putting it on your schedule and treating it like an appointment?"
That's what I did.
Then I stewed and felt guilty about failing to lift, AGAIN.
A few hours later I thought, screw this! The huge pile of laundry, the phone calls I need to make and emails I need to send can wait. I know what to do and how to do it, I just need to DO IT.
So this is what I did before I got ready for work, while Michael Francis took his nap.
It doesn't have to be perfect. Something is better than nothing. These aren't excuses. This is my life.
By Erin Kiernan