Be Well: Making It Work

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I'll admit it, friends: I'm stuck in a fitness rut.

And "fitness rut" is probably a bit of a generous description - that rut consists of me not doing anything. I know, right? Me? Not working out? Well, that day has arrived, lovely readers, and I'm a bit ashamed to admit it.

Ever since I started my new job, I just haven't figured out how to fit working out into my new schedule. Prior to starting my job, I took the introductory course at a CrossFit studio about 10 minutes away from my apartment. They offer 6AM classes every morning of the week, which I thought would work perfectly for me, since it gives me plenty of time to go home, shower, change, and then commute to work.

Here's the catch, though: I generally get home from work at 8PM. I then need to cook dinner, write this blog, and finish up any work tasks that I may have left over from my day at the office. However, in order to go to bed in time to wake up, eat breakfast, and get to CrossFit on time while still getting eight hours of sleep, I have to go to bed at 9:15. NINE FIFTEEN. That means I have exactly one hour and 15 minutes to do everything before I should be heading to bed. Doable? Maybe. Pleasant? Not at all.

I know so many of you guys are reading this right now and thinking, "this is why I never work out!!" And I totally get it, I do. But I'm not ready to throw in the towel and say that working out just isn't going to be a part of my life anymore. I need to figure out a way to arrange my schedule so that I can make it work.

One of the most ironic bits of this whole situation is that writing this blog makes it harder for me to find time to work out. Let me say that again - writing this fitness blog makes it harder for me to find time to pursue fitness. Does that qualify as a Catch-22? So, one of the things I need to start doing is being better about writing my blog posts on the weekend when I have more time. Taking away a bit of my beloved weekend down time sounds terrible right now, but I know it's the best thing for me overall.

Secondly, I think I need to explore other workout options. Having to wake up at 5:15AM for CrossFit just isn't something I'm going to be able to do on more than two weekday mornings per week with my schedule as it is. So, maybe it's time for me to train for another half marathon, and go on runs in the morning - prep and travel time is minimal for running, and I can do it pretty much anywhere! Plus, I should probably consider other, different types of workout options, like cycling classes or going to yoga more frequently.

Part of me hates writing this post because I feel like I'm supposed to have all the answers - I should be showing you guys how to make fitness a daily part of your life! But that wouldn't be true to my experience, and I hope that when I pull out of this no-workout rut (eventually) my method for how I do it can be one of the most educational (maybe even inspirational?) parts of this blog.

So, to all of you who think I've got my workout life perfectly together...I don't. Somehow in the past four weeks I've become a girl with gym clothes gathering dust and cellulite on the back of her legs. But I'm poised for a comeback, I just know it - I'll let you know when it happens :)

Have a wonderful Wednesday.