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.