24 February 2014

Forming a habit.

The word 'habit' seems to have a negative connotation with it most of the time, doesn't it? But there are some things I actually want to become habits. Like exercising, for example. And one day, eating healthy. <--- I still have a long way to go with that one.

I've been told it takes 3 weeks of doing something consistently, to form a habit. And I hoped, when I got my gym membership 5 weeks ago, that there was some truth to that. Because when I first got my membership, I hated the gym. I didn't like using the boring machines, or working out next to sweaty people. I was annoyed by getting up in the mornings, getting dressed, getting the kid(s) ready and dragging them to the gym daycare. There were days those first few weeks that I absolutely didn't want to go. But, I forced myself out the door anyway. I'm not sure how I did it, because I've been known to just throw my hands in the air and say "screw it!". But I haven't done that yet.

I have tried my hardest to stay motivated (my Polar watch has definitely helped with that), and for the past 5 weeks, I have made it to the gym 5 days per week (with the exception of the week I was sick, I only went 3 days).

And because of that diligence, I can honestly say, now, that exercising is a habit for me. I never, ever thought I would say that. And even better? I actually enjoy going to the gym and working out, most of the time. GASP. Yes! I enjoy it. And I like the smell of the gym now... gross, I know. Don't judge me. ;) Plus, I think it's fun to push myself harder and harder and to be able to say that I am building my strength, stamina and endurance. Cause dang, heaven knows I need it to keep up with my crazy kids.

Oh and when I don't go? I miss it.


I don't even know who I am anymore. lol. But that's all I really wanted to say right now. Just that if your someone who hates exercise, and working out, and all that other stuff -- with enough persistence and effort, you can grow to enjoy it! And even form a healthy habit. A good, rewarding habit. 

Are you on a fitness journey?? Share your story with me.

20 comments:

Genevieve said...

That is awesome Mandy!! Joining the gym when my first son was a a baby totally changed my life as a SAHM. Not only did I get into a better workout routine but having them attend the gym nursery has been so great for me, and such a great break for me. ;) You are very inspiring with how commited you have become!

Ashley said...

You look amazing! It really is hard to start a new habit.

Cassie @ Live.Laugh.L0ve. said...

Working out is definitely a good habit and you look great! I'm still trying to form the habit of working out, I'm hoping it works soon!

Hayley! said...

That's awesome, girl! Keep it up! :)

Tiffany said...

I am so proud of you! Don't you love that feeling! I love going to the gym, but I definitely got out of the habit, and I need to try to get back into it again. I have managed to make myself workout the last two days though! But one of them was an at home workout. :-/

Meg O. said...

You are AWESOME, friend!! Way to go!!! I really miss the gym. It's so hard to go during the school year, but when it's summer, I go 5 times a week. I'll be hugely pregnant this summer but I fully intend on going again. It's some nice alone time, and Kennedy enjoys playing in the play area, so I feel it's a win win. Now I have to do all my working out at home, which has been so rare these days due to exhaustion. But I have worked out twice this week so go me! Haha. But seriously, you are awesome and go go Mandy!!!

Cheryl Enlow said...

I really would like to get in the habit of exercising but I am just so good at coming up with excuses. I have however tacked the eating "healthier". I really feel like a new person now that im eating better.

Stephanie @ The Good Stuff said...

Good for you!

I love that you're chronicling your fitness journey. As I was reading through this I was totally nodding my head with everything you said. I just joined our Y (like, I went on Saturday for the first time and I'm supposed to go again this afternoon to meet with a trainer. Kill me. I have no idea why I thought this was a good idea.) and you're totally giving me hope and motivation.

I don't WANT to work out, ditto all your excuses, and I think it needs to also be added to the list that I don't like to sweat and I'm not exactly walking around with a ton of time on my hands looking for another thing to add to my plate. BUT, you know, exercise, being healthy, feeling accomplished, these are all important and hopefully more so than all the excuses. Even though I'm struggling with feeling positive and motivated about exercise I'm committing to it to see what happens. I'm really hoping that a month - 6 weeks from now I can say the things you've said here about how it's a habit, how I've surprised myself by enjoying it, etc.

Again, thank you so much for sharing your real journey towards a healthier lifestyle. I read fitness bloggers and while they're great they're already *there* for the most part. They've already made it a habit, they enjoy it, blahblah. I love hearing your perspective that I really identify with.

Also, P.S. I've lost a lot of weight over the last couple of years (minus time off to bake and birth a babe) and I did it all with food (real, healthy good for me foods, counting calories) and my best advice to you is to take baby steps. Start by focusing on cleaning up your diet (I recommend an 80/20 approach, clean eating at least 80% of the time with some cheats because, hello, this is real life!) and then, if you feel the need, monitor your caloric intake. Don't feel like you have to do All The Things! all at one time. Because that's overwhelming.

Good luck! And keep on keepin' on with your fitness!

ashlyebrink said...

Isn't is amazing how your mindset can change?! I know exactly the place you are coming from. I just wish I had the motivation to get to the gym and actually do more than my runs. Thank you for this post...very motivating! Keep up the good work!! What's your favorite kind of workout in the gym? I really, really need to work on my cross training!

Eva Marie Taylor said...

I went to Zumba last Thursday, and I am going to start going twice a week. Hoping that's a fitness habit I keep up with. Now the eating healthy part is a difficult one for me, too. I am obsessed with chips and salsa! Shoot! Keep it up girl!! :)
Eva Marie

E Mamakli said...

Mandy, I really enjoy following your transformation from a reluctant gym goer to a committed one. :) I think you are so spot on when you talk about how hard it is in the beginning. All the different hats we wear in life makes us tired enough and sometimes it's tough to add one more thing to the daily routine. From my own experience too, I think if you can commit the first month or so it becomes easier and really does become a habit. Plus all the changes in your body, health, fitness levels are big bonuses. I must add sometimes good friendships are made at sports clubs too; women with the same fitness goals are great at keeping each other motivated I think. You go girl; doing amazing! :) XOXO, Elif
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M said...

Keep it up! I'm 8 months pp and haven't gotten back into it. Partly because I don't make time...work full time + mom = no me time. The weather is cold and I haven't set aside any $ for a gym membership. I'm holding off until spring brings better weather...then I'm getting back into running again!

Cindy @ Cinsarah said...

Love this! The first couple of week are definitely the hardest but once you overcome that it all becomes great! I LOVE to work out now. I only go to the gym twice a week but I try to work out here at home the days I don't go. I work out 4-5 times a week in total. I gotta say eating healthy is like 70% of my weight loss so far. Get on the healthy eating train girl! ;)

Kiara Buechler said...

You are awesome, and very inspiring. We are stopping by the YMCA after work to look into joining, we shall see!

Courtney said...

YES! I've discovered that I can get some primo tv watching in all by myself- plus sneak away for a 30-60 minute break in the evenings. What's not to like about that??

Julie S. said...

Good for you! IT is SO hard for me to get to the gym-- ours doesn't have daycare and hubs works weird hours. I seriously need to get after it!

Sarah said...

you are my idol!!!!
you are hauling ass mama! wooo!!!

jessica | piganddac said...

Omg, so awesome to hear that! Cause dragging my two boys out of the house and dropping them off at the gym daycare is a feat in and of itself. So happy for you that it's become a habit, kudos to you!

Tara said...

I just joined a gym today! I am super excited by this post! :) I hope to have this same post soon! :)

what do you do? Do you do classes? Or cardio and then machines?

Leah D said...

I joined the gym about a year ago and have gone pretty consistently since then. Obviously some weeks are harder depending on the weather here in Minnesota or how I or Hailey is feeling, but I agree, when I don't go I miss it and look forward to getting back into the swing of things.