I've always felt "soft" for as long as I can remember. I've never been a very muscular person, though I build muscle quite quickly when I actually put my mind to it. This has always been something that has bothered me as I (like most women) tend to gain weight in the same areas consistently - my stomach and my thighs. It only takes one photograph of yourself to snap yourself back into focus. And even though I always realize it, somehow, things just never changed.
Since I have the entire year to prep for this goal, I have a less strict regimen that I need to stick to. However, I find that I am exercising more often and am wanting to exercise 5-6 days a week. When I am active every day, I feel better. And if I am active every day, I don't feel bad if I take a day to rest. I think this may be why I have failed in the past:
- If I have a goal of 3 days a week and I don't fulfill it, I fail, then I get discouraged, and I stop.
- I get so busy in my hobbies and my sewing projects that this becomes my daily regiment, not exercise, so again I fail, and I stop.
- I have too short of a deadline that is unrealistic and impossible to meet, so I fail, and I stop.
- I focus on a weight loss goal and become so focused on that instead of overall fitness, so if I don't make the number I fail, and then I stop.
- Run 2-3 days/ week
- Hike 1-2 days/week
- Spin class 1 day/week