Honestly, this week hasn't been very bloggable. I've been super swamped at work, and feeling like I am spinning 6 plates on my fingertips at once. I've worked through lunch just about every day this week, just so that I don't fall behind or let something slip through the cracks -- anyone empathize?
I'm the project manager for a number of different things right now: website revamp, conference speaking session, planning for 2015 events, holiday gifts, internal communications, 3 press releases, a number of email campaigns, social media, etc. The list is seriously so long right now, and it seems like every hour something gets added. I was trying to keep track in a spiral notebook, but it just wasn't cutting it because of the frequent updates/changes. I created a work notebook in Evernote, and that has been much better.
Despite the stressful week, I've been keeping up with my workouts. Thankfully, I have the current mindset that fitness isn't an option, it's a necessity. That really helps to get my butt into the gym when I'm especially bogged down. I view it as a necessary release, and I feel so much less stressed after I finish that day's workout.
Here are my tips for staying motivated to get into the gym when you're swamped with tasks:
1. View it as a nonnegotiable
Like I said above, this is key. When you treat your workouts like nonnegotiables, you will figure out how to get in there. Imagine that it is a class or an important meeting with your boss. You would figure out how to get there. Write it in your planner, put it on your Outlook calendar, and remind yourself that it is just a tiny portion of your day. You can fit it in.
2. Wear a reminder
When I know that I'm going to be temped to skip a workout because of a long day, I like to wear a reminder. Lately, I've been wearing my Move Nourish Believe bracelet that Lorna Jane Activewear sent me as a reminder. I have it on my wrist all day, and it reminds me to prioritize my health. Another thing that I do frequently is wear my sportsbra/workout tank as an undershirt beneath a work sweater. If I'm already half dressed, I'm more likely to go to the gym. Do what works for you!
3. Following fitness people on social media
The fitness community is so helpful to me. If I'm feeling like being lazy, I hop on Instagram and remember that there are so many people who are busier than I am (with jobs AND kids) that are fitting in their workouts. If they can do it, so can I, and so can you. Also, it's just motivating to see other people's progress, in general.
4. Check in with a friend
Matt is my gym rock. He is so good about not skipping workouts. He's the one who turns the lights on in our bedroom at 5am, saying, "K. Gym. Get up." I'm so thankful for him. Find someone (whether you live with them or not) to hold you accountable to your workouts -- someone who is really good about not missing. Check in with them after you do a workout, and have them check in with you as well.
5. Look at old pictures
I often forget where I've come from and how much progress I've made. When I look back at old pictures, I am reassured that my hard work has paid off and that I shouldn't give up or quit. It also works the other way -- if I've been slacking for a while, I can look at pictures from when I was really good about dietary habits. It helps me, and it might help you too to take regular progress photos.
Hope that helps. Do you have any gym motivation tips to add?