I recently took a personality test that told me I’m a “green-line quick start,” which means I”m easily excited and great with coming up with ideas…and terrible with following through with them. I often come up with new ideas that excite me more than the ones I’m currently working on, so I’ll just leave the process just half-done. You should see me play the piano – I know the first 4 lines to probably 50 songs and only two or three songs all the way through. As I stated in a previous blog about motivation, the reason that gets you started exercising might not be the same thing that keeps you exercising, and I’m hitting that point in my new routine right now.
Before I started this fitness blog, I started probably three blogs that quickly faded out after a few weeks. The fact that I’ve written in this blog nearly every weekday for the past three months is a surprise even to myself. I think one of the main reasons that I’ve stuck with it is because this is something I truly feel passionate about, and I’m so excited to impact people’s lives and make this world a better place. I realize there are probably millions of blogs about fitness. I’m not only writing this blog for you guys, but for myself as well. It’s easier to give up when you’re the only one accountable. However, when I know that over 1000 unique visitors have read this blog in the past 30 days, I need to make sure I practice what I preach. Why would you guys listen to me if I’m skipping my routine or diet every time I’m too tired or lazy? That’s crap, and you deserve better.
This week, I spent three days up in Augusta, GA for a company retreat. Even though the house was filled with co-workers who don’t share my passion with fitness, I made sure I did everything in my power to stay on the right track. I even brought a small blender and a Tupperware container full of my meal replacement powder so I could make sure I was getting enough calories, carbs, and protein every day. I got a few funny looks from the other people in the house when I set up my blender a few times a day, but it didn’t bother me. I made a promise to myself, to this blog, and to you guys to stay consistent with my fitness routine and my diet, no matter where I am or what I’m doing.
It’s Friday morning, and I’m exhausted. If you’ve seen the latest New Balance ad campaign, running is compared to a love/hate relationship; there are always warm comfy sheets begging you to go back to sleep instead of getting up and running. I’m the same way with lifting weights. Every morning I know all it takes is one extra “maybe just today” and my head will hit that pillow faster than Rosie O’Donnell hits a Chinese buffet line.
If it was just for me, I’d probably consider skipping today’s workout. However, as soon as I post this article I’ll be heading to the gym because I don’t want to let down this site or the people that read it. If you’re exercising and having trouble staying motivated, find a way to make yourself accountable. Tell your friend Rambo that you’ll pay him five dollars for every workout you skip. I have some great ideas for Nerd Fitness 2.0 and how we’ll all be able to help keep each other motivated. This should all happen by the end of the summer, but I’m hoping I can get it going much sooner than that.
I now have all the motivation I need. See you in the gym.