I read a book on habits when I was on a long flight to California earlier this year. (find the review here) The first half was really interesting, and opened my eyes up to the fact that I am totally an “obliger”. I mean, TOTALLY. To my absolute core this is who I am.
This doesn’t mean people pleaser, as some may think, it basically means that I need to know/believe that something I do or a habit I want to start will affect someone else. The accountability in that fact is what will encourage me to continue a certain habit.
I have never been able to stick with a workout plan. My husband Justin, however, can simply make up his mind to start a plan and stick to it. He is very self-motivated, competitive, and has the willpower in himself to finish what he starts. He did P90X a few years ago and had great success. Here lately, he’s found a workout group called F3 that meets every morning and has really enjoyed that.
Knowing I needed accountability, I turned to Facebook one day with plans to type out a status update pleading with a friend to work out with me/yell at me if I don’t go to the gym. The first post I saw when I logged on was from a friend (whom I’ve gotten to know much better since we sweat together a few times a week at bootcamp) sharing a deal for a certain bootcamp program in the area.
I pretty much clicked over and bought it without much thought, very excited to have someone/something new to kickstart a workout routine for me.
I went to bootcamp the following morning at 5:30a.
I was nervous, but mostly so excited.
The 45 minute class was hard, very hard, but it went by so fast and I felt so, so good about myself when it was over. I was pretty much hooked after that first class.
I went to a few more classes that week, and I was so sore. I was working muscles that hadn’t been workout out since before I was pregnant with David!
The following week I went 4x and knew this was going to be where I continued working out. I told Justin I was quitting our gym, and as soon as my “deal” with this new bootcamp was up, I’d be signing up as a client.
So, now that I’ve had a bit more time and experience with it, I thought I’d share a bit more about why this was so different.
- Variety. Each day there is a different work out and I love that it’s always changing. Some days are much harder than others, but each day is a good, sweat-producing workout.
- Community. It’s probably the most kind and encouraging group of women I’ve ever been around. There’s a pretty large range in fitness levels, which I love. There aren’t mirrors on the walls. And you’ll likely get a high-five from someone working out next to you during the camp. I love that.
I change up between going to the 5:30a classes, while the boys are still asleep with Justin at home, and then taking them with me to a few mid-morning classes. David does great in childcare, and Luke got used to it really quickly.
Again, that book on habits really taught me a lot about myself. And I know that realization led me to finding this workout program that I’m excited about. I have to admit that I even dread days I know I can’t make it–that’s how committed I already feel to it. I’m so encouraged!
I’m thinking about ringing in my 30th birthday with another sprint triathlon, so I know this will help get me prepped for it!
For some suggestions on my favorite workout gear, check out this post!