I realize that My Year of Sweat has been a bit a ghost town lately. Nine days since my last post. You can practically see the tumbleweed bouncing along the lonely pages here.
I’ve been a wee bit busy with this new job thing.
Too busy to blog.
Too busy to exercise.
Yep, I said it. I’ve been phoning in my workouts lately.
Okay, I’ve managed a couple of 30 minute runs, including one very wet, very cold one along the waterfront during some wet snowfall Monday. This lakeside path looks pretty desolate and grey compared to the lovely summertime waterfront shots I have previously posted, huh?
I even bundled up and headed out for some trail hiking in the nearby conservation area during a couple of my lunch hours.
And, yeah, I’ve tried to get a respectable amount of walking in most days, to ensure that the old step count was at or near my 10k daily goal.
Is that the best I could do?
Excuses are everywhere.
Yes, I’m busy.
Yes, there is a LOT of work to do.
No, there aren’t enough hours in the day.
That doesn’t mean I can’t just decide to prioritize on exercise.
I have the power to choose.
And I’ve chosen to pussy out on the workout front.
Today one of my friends, Sam, posted a link to my Facebook page.
She knew that I had been traveling quite a bit, and that I’ve been struggling with finding balance in this new world. She said, simply, that she saw this and thought of me.
It’s a quick workout, designed to be done anywhere (including a super tight hotel room), wearing anything (including just your underwear). I watched it and thought, no problemo. In fact, I will just launch right in and do it right now, to prove what a piece of cake it is.
I did a quick 10 minute warm-up jog and then one round of Shaun T’s 5 moves from the video (one minute each, no rest between moves):
- Walking lunges
- Side squat jump thingies
- Inch worms
- Long jumps
- Push-up / burpee / walkout thingies
I had a plan to have just a 30 second rest before repeating the whole circuit two more times.
Yeah, about that. Not so much.
I rested for a full 2 minutes before going back through for a second round.
Then I rested for 2 more minutes before doing a 5 minute cool-down jog.
And then I drank a gallon of water. Not really, but it was a lot of water.
Then I cursed myself for not pushing myself harder these past 3 weeks.
And, finally, I made a mental note to thank Sam for nudging me along. She is going to be an awesome personal trainer!
So, THANK YOU, SAM. I needed that.
For anyone else who, like me, may need a kick in the ass to get your exercise mojo back, here is a HuffPo article that may resonate: The Lamest Excuses for Not Exercising, and How to Overcome Them.