Two weeks ago I did something crazy. I declared on Facebook that I was starting Jillian Michaels’ (yes, that Jillian Michaels) “30 Day Shred” video.
The promise is that you can “lose up to 20 pounds in 30 days.” Well, I know better than that. That’s not why I wanted to do the video. It’s a 25-minute video that combines cardio, strength and abs, and I liked the idea that I can combine all these thing into one short workout a day. But more importantly, I wanted to see if I can stick to a commitment.
It’s been a long-standing belief of mine that I can’t stick with anything. That I give up when the going gets tough. And if I look back through my life I can see many examples of this. Maybe a self-fulfilling prophecy?
But since coming to Green Mountain, I can see the logical, and often biological reasons for not being able to stick with things. Two shining examples:
- Dieting. I could never stick to a diet. Well, who can? When we restrict calories or eliminate carbs, that’s all our body wants, and why we usually end up gaining weight.
- Exercise plans. The all-or-nothing mentality is quite common and a sensational recipe for disaster. Guilty. The thinking is “either I am in it 100 percent and doing it perfectly, or I won’t do it at all, because it’s not worth it, right?” Um…..no.
So, I’m approaching my commitment a little more realistically this time, which I think will increase the likelihood of success. Here’s how:
- Making unrealistic expectations realistic. I don’t expect that I am going to be able to or WANT to do this video every day for the next 30 days. My commitment is to do it for 30 days, but I’m okay with it taking 45, 60 or even 75.
- I’ve reframed my focus and am looking beyond the scale. I realize that unhooking exercise from weight loss is key to making it a consistent part of my life. I’ve created affirmations that I say to myself now when negative self talk creeps into my thoughts, such as “My health is worth 25 minutes a day” and “My body thanks me for taking care of it.”
Today will be my seventh workout in 14 days and I’m feeling pretty stoked about seeing this thing through. And you better bet your bottom dollar I’ll be blogging about it when I do.
I would love your thoughts, advice, encouragement, whatever!