A few weeks back I posted a quick tips article about workout motivation. I stared at my calendar this morning and thought I would write a bit more. So the picture at left is the calendar I use to track my completed P90X workouts. Yeah, there are a few blank days, I was sick and didn’t have the strength or focus. I see the calendar (and this month, Abel Alboneti) every time I’m on the main floor of my townhouse and I walk by it every time I hit the fridge or snacks.
I’m reminded each time that I want my beach body, I want my abs back, I want stronger muscles, and now, the most important reminder appears on the calendar: that I have already put a lot of work into my physical fitness. I’ve invested in myself in such a way that I don’t want to go back.
This doesn’t change that I have also become lax at getting up at 6:00 sharp to work out. It also doesn’t change that fact that sometimes, halfway through a workout, I want to just quit for the day. This is a new challenge I face, and it’s one that I have to overcome.
- Sometimes I challenge myself and say, “If my coach, Tanner, where here, he’d slap me back into reality and tell me to bring it
- Sometimes Tony Horton says something motivating and inspiration to get me going
- Sometimes I look at the work out sheets and time-remaining and just say, “Really, you’re going to wimp out now?”
- When I look at my calendar and it bugs me that I’ve missed 5 days this month due to illness. So although I officially end P90X on March 10, I will add those missing days as I continue and prepare to start P90X2.
- Knowing that several friends and my boyfriend, Tim, are also (re)starting P90X for their own reasons, or as I found out, “because, Damien, you’re living proof that it works,” inspires me to continue working toward my fitness goals.
I have never done something like P90X before, and I am so glad I decided to do it. And I’m really glad that I will be able to say I completed it on March 10, 2013.
PS, if you’re astute, you noticed that I haven’t worked out yet today. I’ll do so after work today.