Back on Track

Lately, I’ve been slacking with my fitness and I know we’ve all been there. The temptation to be lazy during the hottest days of summer caught me and I totally lost all motivation for the past couple weeks.

I managed to convince myself that I was just too busy with work, and should roll over, turn off the alarm, and go back to bed for an extra few hours of sleep. At the time it made total sense. I thought that soaking up all the hours of sleep and rest possible would be a nice cushion to have when I’d be starting 12 hour clinical shifts at the hospital in September.

Really I was just looking for any excuse to put off working out because I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to keep up with it when my life becomes a whirlwind of lectures, labs, and clinical shifts in a few weeks. The drastic drop in motivation came after I injured my ankle and needed to rest for the week. One week turned to two, which turned into three and now the heaviest thing I’ve lifted lately was my purse.

I noticed that no matter how much sleep I was getting, I was still tired. Those extra few hours in bed weren’t doing me any good physically or mentally. So I decided that rather than whining about how busy I’ll be in a month, I can toughen up and push myself now to make the most of my time. Starting is the hardest part, and if I can get back into an exercise routine before going back to school, I’ll be more likely to stick to it. I refuse to give up before I’ve even tried.

On Monday, I’ll be starting Kayla Itsines’ 12 Week Bikini Body Guide again. It’s a challenging work out routine that’s six days a week, with the seventh day designated as a stretch and rest day. On my last round, I got up to week 9 before injuring myself and needing to stop. I’m starting over from the beginning, and this time I’m determined to stick with it. I want to see more tone and definition in my body. I want to feel strong again. I want to set a goal, and challenge myself to reach it.

So no more complaining, no more procrastinating, no more being lazy.

Let’s do this.

– S.

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