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30-Day Discipline Experiment – Day 15

I’m discovering that setting and tracking goals is really helpful.  And I’m loving using Joe’s Goals (topic of my post yesterday).

As you may know I’ve been struggling with the goal of going to the gym.  I confessed my challenges with it on Day 8.  Several of you have given me interesting things to try. 

What I don’t like about going to the gym is a longer list than what I do like about going to the gym (the results I will get).  The only reason I “want” to go is  that I think it will be an environment for me to lift weights–something I do not enjoy but know will be fabulous for me.  So it’s still a “should” in my mind today.  How to work past this is my experiment right now.  I like experimenting–way more fun that “shoulding” on myself. 

Someone commented/noticed that I hadn’t made any checks on going to the gym in my Joe’s Goals chart posted yesterday so I thought, hey I know I’m making progress on that goal, why not change my goal from “going to the gym” to “making progress on going to the gym.”  That way I can continue to support my progress and feel good about it.  I don’t think goals motivate us if they don’t feel good.  When I changed the wording of my goal to focus on the progress, I felt really good about that goal.  Now I’m eager to track my progress on that new progress-oriented goal, and I’m eager to make a check mark tomorrow on the next stage of my progress (marking my workout days in my calendar).

Progress so far:  I went online and printed the schedule of classes and gym hours.  I read the bios of the personal trainers to see which one I might like to work with and I put the printout in my planner. 

Next steps:   schedule weekly gym visits in my planner, call and schedule a session with a personal trainer, check whether the gym bag I have in my car is still loaded with the things I need to be in it.

I made one more mind shift today about weight training, but I’ll tell you about that tomorrow. 

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  1. Laura Russell says:

    I have my own personal demons about going to the gym, but I think in the last three months I’ve conquered them and maybe I can offer some inspiration. I started back to gym in February (although I didn’t get serious until April). I’ve had been paying for this membership since 2005, but I didn’t want to give it up even though I wasn’t going. This, however, turned out to be the year that I had to make some changes — was ready to make some changes. I turn 40 next summer and I’m not going to let my health and weight get the better of me. I do pay the extra for the benefit of the personal trainer. It is costly, but in the long run, less costly than some of the options my doctor was proposing for me. Working with a trainer makes me accountable. Not only on the days I meet with her, but other days as well. She checks in on me by email, she helps me set goals (tonight was a new goal setting night) and she helps me find exercises that I like. She also constantly changes up the routines to benefit different muscle groups. And she pushes me too. Tonight, for the first time (since maybe junior high) I ran, well jogged, only for 15 seconds and then later for another 15 seconds. Doesn’t sound like much, but this was a big leap forward for me. If I weren’t working with my trainer, I would never, ever have considered jogging. I’ve taken a few of the classes, but on my non-trainer days, I actually prefer to crank up my ipod shuffle. I usually choose music, but ocassionally I listen to an audio book. Makes the cardio fly by. As for the weight training, maybe you can switch to calling it strength training. There is something more appealing about building strength as opposed to lifting weights. The strength training has made by physically stronger, but it has also made me emotionally and mentally stronger too. And then there are the results: I have more energy, I breathe easier, I’ve built endurance, I’m fitting into clothes that I haven’t worn in years and I’ve lost weight. 36 pounds. I have a lot more to lose, but the good comments I’m receiving from friends and even from women I don’t even know at the gym keep me going. I don’t think that I’ll ever call going to the gym fun, but the changes I’m experiencing have helped me to believe that it is worth investing 60-90 minutes a day in myself.

  2. Hi Laura – these comments are VERY helpful. Congratulations to you for reviewing all the benefits you’re gaining–that really helps us stick to our less than fun routines. The benefits win!

    I especially like what you said about calling it strength training instead of weight lifting. You’re right that “building strength” is appealing! And I totally agree with the benefits you’ve listed. I think you’ve got me nearly convinced :) I will dive into these thoughts about the strength building–a metaphor for me in a way. Thanks! Cheryl

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