It’s been 3 months since the start of 2014. How are your New Year’s Resolutions doing? Oh yeah, THOSE!!
I started kick boxing in the fall. I love it!! I go to a studio where you’re not actually hitting anyone, but instead it’s a 30 minute circuit to get your blood pumping. You spend 2 minutes at each station, either punching the crap out of a bag, kicking the crap out of a bag, or working on your core strength. Time flies and it’s actually fun.
Over Christmas I spent some time in Hawaii with my family and by the time I got home after New Year’s, my kick boxing motivation had disappeared. January came and went, so did February and most of March. Mid-March I contemplated giving up my membership because I wasn’t using it. Well that’s dumb, why don’t I just USE IT!! I like it, it’s a great workout, and it doesn’t take up a lot of time. I still couldn’t find my motivation anywhere.
Finally last Wednesday I decided “today is the day” and I was going back to kick boxing. I walked in avoiding eye contact with anyone. I was secretly thinking that everyone would be looking at me thinking what a slacker I was. All the women that go to this gym work HARD, and here I was slacking for 3 months. But I walked in, warmed up and started my circuit (still avoiding eye contact, especially with the trainer, Kelly.)
It didn’t take Kelly long to notice I was there. Somewhere between the first and second station she says “Hi Steph! I haven’t seen you in a while!” A) Super impressed she still remembered my name and B) I’m about to start blurting out all these ridiculous excuses as to why I’ve been away so long. Before I can even finish my first sentence of “I know, I’ve been….” she stops me and says “It’s ok! You’re here now!” Wow! Here I was ready for judgement and criticism for being a lazy butt for the last few months, but instead I realized it’s ok. Yes, I was away for a while, but it was me who got up and put my work out clothes on that day. It was me who drove myself to the gym, and it was me who walked in that front door and started punching and kicking every bag in sight.
So what did I learn from all this? Take it one day at a time. It’s way easier to lose motivation than it is to hold onto it, so just take it one day at a time. If you set a goal, say, to run every day for 30 days, suddenly that 30 days seems like a reeeeeallllly long time! It’s much easier to get turned off of that goal and give up. If you say you’re going to run every day this week, that’s better, but still a bit of a stretch for some. In my head I’ve decided I’d like to go kickboxing at least 3 days a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. But on Monday, I’m not thinking about Wednesday and Friday, I’m just thinking about Monday. I only need to worry about today. If I don’t go today, it’s not the end of the world. Start again tomorrow. It’s as simple as that.
With this new mindset, going kick boxing more regularly seems like less of a chore and a lot more fun. You can even ask Bob. This is Bob…
…also known as Body Opponent Bag. He’s the last 2 minute station on the circuit and you get to do whatever you want to Bob. If you feel like punching Bob, you punch Bob as hard as you can. If you feel like kicking Bob, you swing your leg around like you’re friggen Jackie Chan and you kick Bob!
Yesterday, I felt like Bob needed some serious punches. After the first minute Kelly shouts “Double it up ladies!” That means you start doing whatever you’re doing as hard and as fast as you can for 10 seconds. Sure, 10 seconds isn’t long until you’re exerting every ounce of strength you have to finish the task at hand. Then it feels a lot longer. That 10 seconds ends, and there’s still another minute to go. Kelly’s beside me now telling me to punch him harder. Harder, harder, HARDER! Bob is getting a serious beating.
The last 10 seconds comes around and it’s double time again. I punched Bob harder and faster than I ever have. To the point where I couldn’t even breathe any more. And that felt damn good!! I would be lying if I said I wasn’t proud of myself, and I’m pretty sure Bob was too.
So the point of this story… who cares if you bailed on your New Year’s resolution two months ago. You don’t need to wait until January 1 to start again. You don’t even need to wait until the start of the month, or week. Start again right now. Take that first step. And take it one day at a time.