Zero to a 100

Tell me if this sounds like you, too! I have perfected the art of trying to go from zero to 100 on a diet or exercise routine and I end up completely falling flat.

This time around I swore I wasn’t going to do that, and I’m really trying! I had a misstep this week, though, so I thought I’d share.

I’ve had a goal for a long, long time to be able to run a consecutive mile. No matter how much my fitness level seems to improve, my cardio is always lagging behind, so being able to run a mile is a really big thing for me.

After getting increasingly consistent with kickboxing and doing some casual jogging a few mornings before work, I was ready for the big test.

8 laps. 1 mile. No stopping.

I made it through lap two and I was already starting to slow down.
2/8. Uh oh!
I kept telling myself I’d get a second wind, so I went for 3.
Then I decided if I could do 3, I might as well just push through a 4th and say I did a half mile. So I did 4. After crossing the line for 4 I thought I could run for a little bit longer, so I set my sights on 6 laps. 3/4 of a mile on my first attempt is not something I was going to complain about!

So I wrapped up lap 5 and strove for the final 6th lap. I did 6 and I just kept running.
Lap 7: struggle city!
and finally – could I really do it??
Lap 8!: barely made it, but I did!

Nailed it!

After my victorious mile I walked a lap and then jogged another half mile!

And then one more!

So all said and done, I jogged two miles. I have never been more proud of myself. I felt great after running and got all excited. I told myself I was going to wake up at 5:30am (UGH!) so I could do this every day!

Do you see where this story is headed?? 😀

The same. old. trap.

The next morning I woke up and decided to go for a run again. Like a total dummy I didn’t even stretch first – I went right for the track with my sights set on two miles!

To make a long story short, I really underestimated how sore I was. I made it one lap and was ready to lay down and stay there forever. I definitely cannot run a continuous mile two days in a row.

The biggest problem with trying to go from 0 to 100 is the aftermath from that exciting day one. I had to skip the gym for the next three days to recover! If I had just celebrated my victory of one continuous mile, I would have been able to go the next day and keep gradually building and improving. But now I’m at home. eating candy. not running.

Whatever your fitness goals are, take your time! Going from 0 to 5 and then 5 to 10 will get you a lot further than 0 to 100 just to reset back to 0 every time!

Own Your Motivation

Have you ever tried to follow a plan and it didn’t work out? Maybe it was a meal plan, or a workout plan, or anything else! I had this experience recently and I came away having learned something really important about myself.

First, I want to say that I really hate all things fad, trend, quick fix, and “just do this” when it comes to diet and exercise! However, my gym was starting up a 45 Day Challenge and I decided to join to see what it was all about.

The rules were simple:

  • Go to the gym 3 times a week for 6 weeks
  • Do home workouts 2 times a week
  • Follow a nutrition guide to inform healthy meal choices
  • Join a Facebook group to connect with your “coach” and peers in the program

The goal? Lose either 25lbs or 6% body fat in 6 weeks.

This sounded fun and didn’t involve any dietary choices that I don’t believe in (like eliminating carbs or extreme calorie restrictions). I was feeling really excited after having signed up!

So let’s fast forward… I started noticing that I was reacting to some components of the challenge in an unexpected way. For example, when people would post about their progress in the Facebook group, I felt demotivated. I thought about leaving the group.

I found myself eating more foods off the meal plan than usual. I am already a meal-prepper and the lunches I have been making for years perfectly fit within the meal plan, but I no longer wanted to eat them.

The final push for me was realizing that participating in the 45 Day Challenge made me want to go to the gym less!

So what was going on??

I had a chat with a close friend and tried to unpack this a little, and here is what I learned about myself:

My motivation is intensely personal.

I did not want to work toward these goals anymore because they were their goals, not my goals. And I should note that these goals are the same. The. Exact. Same. But it was no longer personal.

I realized that I had lost sight of my goals and my reasons for joining the challenge to begin with. I felt like I was just part of this group who was saying go here, eat this, workout now.

I also realized that I was struggling a lot with feeling a loss of independence. My sense of independence is strongly tied to my self-worth, and I realized that I felt like because I was getting help by participating in the challenge, it wasn’t good.. I wasn’t good.. So I thought I should just quit (and eat brownies).

Who knew this 45 Day Challenge was going to be SO challenging for me as an individual, and not because of the burpees! Clearly I had some things to work through if I was going to be successful!

Anyway, I wanted to share this story because maybe sometime (maybe today even!) you may find yourself struggling to keep up with a plan you made – a challenge you accepted – a goal you set for your New Years resolution.

And maybe you are a person who can be incredibly inspired by Facebook groups, a 6-week challenge, a blog post, or a picture of a beautiful (healthy!) model… but if you’re not –

Own your motivation!

Your goals are yours. You set them for you. You’re going to accomplish them for you, because of you. Because you’ve got this. You are enough. And most importantly – 

You are worth it!

Back to the Gym!

Fresh off of my meal-prep victory from yesterday, it was time to get back into the gym routine. I’m pretty good about going consistently, but I missed the last two weeks due to the holiday chaos.

For years I did the usual yo-yo of going to the gym for two days, feeling super sore and skipping a few days, and then falling off the wagon altogether. However, I’ve found that going to a gym that is fun and doing workouts you love makes all of the difference.

I would rather die than lift weights.

I go to iLoveKickboxing twice (once?) a week, and I’m working my way through a Couch-to-5k running program for 3 more days a week. Like my meal prepping, I’ve found that doing it with a friend really helps build a routine. Accountability buddies for the win!

I’m lucky to have a metabolism that mostly keeps up with my candy-eating, but I’m really striving to get fit and healthy. I’m certainly not a fitness guru, but I some fitness goals, and I’m willing to put in the work to achieve them!

What are your fitness goals for the new year??

Trying to look buff!