Snow and ice prevented me from going to the gym two days in a row. On Thursday, I did at least *try* to make up my steps goal by walking laps in my apartment, but 7,000 steps inside a tiny 1 bedroom apartment makes you feel like you’re going steadily insane. I managed 3,500. My internet was out, so I couldn’t do a few of the things I would normally do (like looking up the Daily Challenge for my Fitbit Group). It never even occurred to me to pop in a workout DVD and do some living room cardio that way. It’s not a part of my normal routine, and when that routine gets upset I tend to just give up and wait for life to return to normal instead of finding alternative. The ridiculous thing about that is that I am the QUEEN of workarounds at work. One friend says I have the brain of a hacker because I can always find ways to get things done.
When my routine gets upset like that, I begin to make questionable choices when it comes to food. I think to myself Oh, it’s not a normal day so I can do something different. The problem with that “logic” is that when you have too many days like that, it begins to be habit-forming. Or, as one friend says, “It’s a trend.”
So what do I do with this knowledge that I have some pretty illogical stumbling blocks in my way?
First, I need to remember that my goals never stop. Just because the world around me has stopped because of snow and ice, my body still needs fuel to eat and it will gain weight if I eat too much.
Second, I need to keep an arsenal of workouts I can do at home. A friend sent me a link to WeightTraining.com so I can find multi-joint exercises to do with my weights at home when I can’t get to the gym (apparently these are much better for you than isolated exercises).
Third, be aware of these stumbling blocks.
The first principle is that you must not fool yourself — and you are the easiest person to fool.
With those things in mind, I should be able to stick to my fitness routine, even when my “normal day” routine is shot all to hell.