Make it work! Can’t you just hear Tim Gunn now? Well, that’s pretty much what I had to tell myself this week when I realized I had found one too many excuses to slack off on my workouts this winter. (Exactly…not this week, or this month, this…winter. Yikes!) But before I get all Jillian Michaels on myself, I do want to share my legitimate predicament:
When I moved in with Luke to his apartment in the East Village, I gained so much: Space, a plethora of healthy-delicious restaurants, a washer/dryer (score!), cozy cafes, fun bars, plus a nearby farmer’s market, Whole Foods AND Trader Joe’s. Folks, it just doesn’t get much better than that. As far as healthy eating goes, the EV’s got you covered. I don’t think there’s a dietary need or desire that couldn’t be met in just about any restaurant between E. Houston and 14th Street. (Wheatgrass shots? You got it. Local Farm Egg Sandwiches with Cashew “Cheese” and Kale? You betcha. Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes? Sure!) BUT, and this is a big one…there is not a gym close to my apartment that I feel safe walking to at 6am.
(For your viewing pleasure, I present: Vegan Red Velvet Pancakes.)
This is a semi-new problem because a.) It stays darker later in the winter months, which means popping out for a quick 3-mile run in the am is out and b.) I recently started a new job and have to be at the office a good 30 or so minutes earlier than I did my last job. And unfortunately, our neighbors below don’t appreciate the stomping and pounding sounds I make during workout DVDs. So you see my dilemma, right?
I know what you’re going to say: Just workout in the evenings, hello! Yes, friends I have thought of that, too. And I do…sometimes. But I really don’t like it. I would much rather wake up at 5am and crank out an HIIT run on the treadmill than worry about hitting the gym after work. I’m usually tired and hungry by then, and many evenings I have health coaching sessions with my clients. See, I’ve got some good excuses to skip workouts, right?
Wrong. Because that’s exactly what they are…excuses. And honestly, my skinny jeans are starting to fit a bit tight for my liking. It’s time I intervened on my wishy-washy workout regime. Here’s what I’ve decided: Two times during the week, I will go to the 7am class at Yoga to the People. I can leave my apartment by 6:30 (it’s light enough outside by then), place my mat in the back of the class so I can *quietly* leave 10 minutes early, and THEN walk to the NYSC just minutes from my office for a shower. (I just re-joined the gym after a four-month hiatus). Yes, I will spend half my gym membership in the locker room…ha!
Basically, I know that packing a bag and walking to each destination is not ideal, but I’ve been walking to and from work (35 minutes each way) almost everyday for the past three months anyway. Deciding my outfit the night before and packing my makeup bag, etc takes a little extra planning, but it does make for an efficient morning the next day. What it boils down to is…it’s worth it. Yoga makes me feel fantastic and I’ve been saying forever that I’m going to focus on my practice more and turn things up a notch. Here’s my chance. Then, once during the work week I will do cardio AFTER work, and on the weekend I will go to another yoga class and do another cardio workout. That’s five workouts a week…totally doable. If I have time, I will do another cardio workout during the week, but I’m not going to force it if it’s not convenient or I simply just need to relax.
My new plan might seem stressful to some, but honestly, feeling unorganized with my routine makes me feel out of control and off. Like I always say, putting forth the initial effort to do something nice for your health will make your life easier LATER. Just remember that when you are tackling your own set of circumstances and devising a plan to make them work for you. You can do it. People do…all the time.
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: The key to living a healthy lifestyle is finding ways to stay in your “happy place.” For me, that’s yoga. I don’t do it because it burns a gazillion calories (it doesn’t.) I do it because it makes me feel positive about myself, which creates a domino effect and makes it easier for me to make another good decision. Feeling good allows me to be proactive in reaching my goals. I feel like I have a say on how my story is being written because I am finding ways to make to things happen, instead of surrending to inconveniences or life in general. And you can, too.
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