Consistency

Learning from Consistency

I remember thinking to myself sometime in the fall of 2018, in anticipation of our trip to Italy over the end-of-year holidays, that I would try to string together a regular habit of workouts for 6 days a week, so that I would be in good shape for the amount of walking I expected to do on our trip. Well—week one I started off with a bang, went four days and then felt like I needed a rest. One day of rest can’t hurt, right? But one turned into two, and then it was the weekend and there were other things to do, so I set my sights on the next week. You know what happened, right? Yeah. I exercised about twice a week for the majority of the fall and early winter.

So, the trip to Italy came and went, and fortunately my baseline fitness level was more than adequate to get me through the average of 10 walking miles a day. But when we got back, I had a talk with myself and made several conclusions based on my physical condition:

  • First, while I love going to Orange Theory to work out, I feel incapable at this time of maintaining more than a twice a week schedule there because of the intensity I put into it.

  • Secondly, I need to keep changing things up so that I don’t get bored.

  • Finally, I need to not hurt myself. I’ve been down that road. It sucks.

The solution I chose to meet my needs was this:

  • I joined the fitness center at my place of employment.

  • I am maintaining my 9 times per month membership at my local Orange Theory Fitness studio.

  • I purchased a subscription to the Aaptiv app at the recommendation of a friend.

I’m proud to say that for the past 13 weeks, I have used Aaptiv at least twice a week every week. I’ve missed a couple of Orange Theory workouts due to travel or illness. I’ve stayed healthy. And yet I felt like I needed another push.

Wilbur says “if you’re on my level, then we play by MY rules!”

Wilbur says “if you’re on my level, then we play by MY rules!”

Out of the blue on March 1, one of my Skirt Ambassador sisters (brand champions for Skirt Sports clothing), posted a challenge called Moving in March. The challenge: To move every day in the month of March—intentional movement above and beyond one’s normal daytime activity. Something inside me clicked. I could do this. I WILL do this. And the way I chose to affirm that commitment was on my Instagram and Facebook page, by documenting my workouts every day during the month of March. The standard I held myself to was for at least 30 minutes of dedicated physical activity every day.

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The right gear is part of the secret!

Toasty Vest, Toasty Cheeks Skirt, Toasty Tights, and Tough Chick Top.

What happened and what did I learn?

  • I’m stronger than I thought I was.

  • I’m sleeping better.

  • By far, the biggest hurdle is just getting out of bed in the morning. Don’t lay there. Get up.

  • My energy level is better throughout my workday.

  • My mood is better.

  • My posture has improved.

  • My clothes are fitting better.

  • My performance in both running and rowing is slowly but surely getting stronger.

  • I feel more confident.

When April 1 rolled around, I’ll admit that not feeling an obligation to post my workout every day was something of a relief, but the stretch of activity was just what I needed to experience the benefits of consistency. So what happens next? Well, so far I’ve just kept moving! Then last night, I got an unexpected bonus for that month’s worth of activity accountability. The names of all the Skirt Ambassadors who posted every day about their workouts throughout the month of March were put into a drawing for a $75 gift certificate from Skirt Sports, and I was the lucky winner! Cha-Ching!! Now I’ll not only keep moving, but I’ll be moving with more style! Honestly, the most fun part about posting my workouts was that I feel so good wearing Skirt Sports clothes that I didn’t mind posting goofy pictures of myself! If you’ve read this far and never checked Skirt Sports out, do it now: http://bit.ly/2ONB646 and use my discount code SSA489Joy to save 15 percent on a regularly-priced item. Then, just get moving—as much as you can, as often as you can. I promise, consistency makes a difference!