Today I’m checking in with my monthly fitness progress report. At the start of the month when things were going so well, I thought this report would have a slightly different focus. I imagined I’d simply be gushing about how I’ve been able to improve my running time week over week. I thought I would be excitedly telling you how tight my abdominals are feeling and that I can do ten push-ups no problem. Of course, things don’t always go exactly according to plan. Instead, I’m going to tell you about some of the setbacks I’ve experienced and how I can get my fitness motivation back.
Now I’m not about to give a whole bunch of excuses or tell you that I have I failed in my mission. Quite the opposite in fact. I have made a lot of progress and am very proud of everything I have achieved. I am simply realizing that a fit and healthy life is less about the distance we run each week or how toned our arms are. It is more about dealing with the challenges that present themselves and how we get back up after a fall.
The first couple of weeks of training went amazing for me. I was running faster and covering a greater distance every time I ran. I was also already seeing amazing results from Jillian Michael’s 30 Day Shred. However, entering the third week things started to crack a little, not literally thank goodness. I started to have knee and back pain which I am attributing to a combination of not-so-great shoes and poor posture during some exercises. While not severe injuries, these were enough to slow me down a little. I had to take it easy on the runs so I wasn’t beating my times anymore. It was a little disheartening but I was confident I would be back to peak performance the following week.
The sickness struck; a plague hit our household. Well, okay, not a plague really, but a nasty virus that had me and the kids pretty much bed-ridden for the better part of a week. So not only was I not improving my fitness, I didn’t even work out at all for a whole week. At first I started to stress about it. By not sticking to my fitness goals I felt like I was letting myself and my readers down. But I soon realized I shouldn’t look at things this way.
I don’t get sick very often so when I do I see it as my body telling me to slow down a little. So for that week I did. I slowed right down. I spent the time giving the kids the extra cuddles they needed to feel better. We enjoyed lots of quiet time just sitting on the floor reading our favorite books, doing puzzles and snuggling under blankets.
Rediscovering My Fitness Motivation
So now we are thankfully all back to full health. But how do I re-establish my fitness motivation after feeling so defeated? I give myself a big pat on the back for all of the progress I have made. And I look to the future. At the beginning of this fitness journey I promised myself there would be no regrets. So I missed a week. I am not going to dwell on it or try to make up for it. I am going to learn from my experience. I will pick up where I left off and get right back into my workout regimen. And I am going to make sure that I treat my body well so that it is able to do what I need it to.
I have my family, my readers and my innate desire to be strong, fit and healthy. That is all the motivation I need to get back on track. Today I am doing the 30 Day Shred Level 1 and tomorrow I will hit the pavement once again. I am super excited for both!