Creating a Healthy Habit

July 14, 2014

Many of you know that I’m really into getting back into shape. I’ve been really slacking from the gym since March for many personal reasons. And for the first time, I’m coming clean about them.

March was a tough month for me. Specifically, early March was wrought with loss. I lost Moose. Then my paternal grandmother passed away the same week. The SAME WEEK! I pretty much lost it. Many of you don’t know this, but days after my grandmother’s funeral, I was hit by a car while crossing the street. That’s right, I’m one of those silly monkeys who enjoys walking in LA. However this time, I was walking from the gym to my car when a SUV took a left turn into me, then sped off. Sigh.

I got pretty hurt and was told to stay off my workout routine. I was allowed to run, but let’s be honest, as much as I ‘got into running’ a few years back, I hate running. I like how it feels after, but that means I have to commit to doing it before I get to the afterglow. That’s a lot. And you all know me, I’m a normal girl with great ambition and drive, but running is no longer in my wheel house, especially in the hot sun.

So months go past as I wait for my shoulder, neck and back to heal. And this is it. This is the time. I’m doing it. I bought a membership at a local Pilates studio to get myself back into shape and hopefully get back into working out. Yeah! As a woman who has worked out regularly for the past 12 years, I have to admit it is super easy to make an excuse and NOT work out. It was my regular routine, and if I’m able to say ‘tomorrow’, how do people who are trying to make this a habit create a new habit to stick with it?

That’s what I’m testing out and trying to do. I don’t do Pilates. I spin and do yoga and weights. That isn’t happening. So I guess I’m doing Pilates. Luckily, to help myself make this a new habit, I choose a place just down the street from my house. I find that making it convenient is a step in the right direction. And as tough as the Pilates classes have been, I really enjoy them. And they aren’t too hard on my shoulder. I’m setting myself up for success with these little steps. And I think that’s half the battle.

Are you wanting to start a healthy habit? What are you working on?

 

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3 Comments

  • Reply Chris Delany July 15, 2014 at 10:46 am

    Good choice…make your workout as simple and convenient as possible. It is smart as well, not to “push it” physically (free weights etc) until your doctor clears you for heavy lifting etc. I am very sorry for your “loss”..nothing worse than losing a “loved one” and you got hit twice in a week by that, very devastating. As I am sure you must know…time is needed to heal…don’t rush through it…eventually the good memories will be less painful and thus eaier to indulge. You are luckier than most…you are “breathtakingly” beautiful, intelligent, creative and successful in your chosen career.Keep those “blessings” in mind as you work to recover physiu if pd

  • Reply Chris Delany July 15, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Oops…I could not find an edit button….I wanted to finish saying : keep those blessings in mind as you work to recover physically, emotionally and spiritually! Have a great summer!

  • Reply David Baldwin August 26, 2014 at 12:33 pm

    I really like the programs that you have worked on, I truly think that your awesome!!!

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