I wished I could tell you since I wrote my post on procrastination last month, that I have been perfect. Consistency is hard if you have ADHD. Plans were made to improve on budgeting, food prepping, cleaning, blogging, eating, exercising, house cleaning, etc. My life was going to be so much different now. Several Sunday afternoons were spent preparing food, clothes and medications for the week.
My mood had improved and I felt good making changes. During this transition, something marvelous happened – I made my first fitness friend, Gina! Even though I had made positive changes, having a consistent workout routine is the ONE procrastination improvement I have made!
When Gina shared with me how many classes she was taking each week, I admired her tenacity. We exchanged phone numbers and I have since joined on on her 5 mornings a week journey. Struggling with menopause and weight gain, this was just the motivation I needed! This motivated me to get serious and find out exactly what I needed to do in order to start losing weight again.
Our Consistent Workout Routine
For the first time in my life I have become consistent with the following routine:
- Monday- Pilates
- Tuesday – Spinning
- Wednesday – Muscle Pump
- Thursday – Spinning
- Saturday – Muscle Pump
Now I will be the first to say that I probably would not have kept up this schedule on my own and I will tell you why. In the past, when I didn’t see the results I “expected” in a short amount of time, my motivation lacked and I quit. However, having a fitness friend makes all the difference. There have been a few mornings where something has come up and one of us can’t make it. That’s life and it’s normal. The main point is that we are being consistent.
This summer, we kept working out despite the air conditioning issues the club was having and the rooms were hot. Having lower lumbar strain, my back bothers me at times and my left side swells up like a baseball. When I was staining a bench for my deck, I accidentally dropped part of the bench on my foot and broke my little toe. There were mornings the alarm goes off and I swear like a sailor. Gina went to a Red’s game one night and got home at 11:00 p.m. Through all of this, we have shown up to encourage each other!! I can say with 100% certainty I would not have been this consistent if it weren’t for Gina.
A New Era
Menopause is not for the faint hearted. Weight falls off slow as molasses. Your body composition starts to change and mine wasn’t changing for the better. Despite dietary changes, I wasn’t see the results I wanted. Therefore, I am on a personal challenge to see just exactly what I need to do in order to lose weight again. My fitness friend told me about a FREE weight app for my phone. I now use this every day to track my food and it syncs with my Fitbit tracker!
The truth is, due to my age, it’s going to be harder for me to lose weight that Gina. Patience has to be virtue and I need to measure my success in other ways. For the FIRST time in my life, I am not measuring weight loss by what the scale says. Instead, I am paying attention to my skin looking better, clothes getting looser, my mood improving and feeling myself become stronger. I was able to do two exercises this morning in Pilates I was not able to do a month ago. The weight loss will come in time.
For now, I am doing everything I can to move in the right direction. I am still counting and enjoying my wine and realize this may have to be the next thing that has to be eliminated from my diet temporarily. I have already shared with Gina how hard winter is for me and I don’t want to quit. Fighting winter depression, this year I need to make a sincere a sincere effort to change. Gina has encouraged me already and we are going to make short and long term goals before winter! Our progress will be posted throughout the winter.
Find a fitness friend if you can. You won’t regret it and I would love to hear about your results. Now, off to bed to rise early for spinning!
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