Update – Starting with the Core
This week I failed. Last week I was diligent. One thing is for sure, I’m consistently inconsistent. You may recall my piece last week, “Starting with the Core”. Well, last week I did start with the core. Every other day, I completed my workout, and I even did a little extra, supplementing my evenings with dance and strolls through the neighborhood (and even pole dancing).
However, my knee had been subtlety aching from all the lunges and squats incorporated into my workout. After pole dancing, it escalated from a subtle pain to more of an ache every time I put weight on it. So on Sunday, I decided to give it a break and skipped the workout. This then lead to a spiral. I only worked out ONCE this week! I had such great expectations. And I let myself down.
I know every day is a new day and that I can’t let this week of failed workout attempts prevent me from starting fresh today. However, I chose to get coffee at Quills instead of workout this morning (although I did park far away so I could take a little jaunt). Further, today is full of picnics and evening work events. There will be no time for exercise. But there I go again, making excuses.
Last week I heard a quote that really stuck with me: “We all have the same hours in a day, it’s what we choose to do with those hours that set us apart.” This saying keeps scrolling through my mind, a neon reminder of what I could have done. Instead, I sat and watched way too many episodes of Big Love and Modern Family and The Mindy Project. Will I look back on these days and be proud of the way I spent my time? Probably not! Should I let this failure defeat me? Most certainly not.
If I use this time to motivate myself to do better and hold myself further accountable, then I guess it isn’t time waisted. Instead of using a sore knee as an excuse for next week’s regime, I’ve decided to replace the problem with a solution. My knee aches most when lunging, so instead of 10 lunges per leg, I’ll do 20 front knee raises and 15 side knee raises (for those obliques). This will prevent my left knee from aching and eliminate my excuses.
Despite the fact I’m disappointed that I couldn’t uphold my workout goals just the second week into the plan. Life is hard and sometimes even finding a little time to workout can be difficult. I’ve learned to not make excuses for myself but to also not let self disappointment hold me back for pushing forward and realizing that every day, every minute counts. Let’s use our time wisely. Let’s make the most out of our days. Life is too short to be your biggest critic. Give yourself a break sometimes and learn from every unachieved goal, using that as new motivation.
It’s my new goal that when I report back next week, I’ll be full of good news. I hope to achieve the attainable goals I set for myself and to transform excuses from a crutch to a springboard for further success.