Making yourself a priority…

Fitting workouts into real life

By Michelle

As a creature of habit I do better with schedules and structure, but that doesn’t mean I always have it together.  While in grad school I had a schedule, go to work by 7am work in lab until 4pm. I would go to the gym for an hour, then go back to lab and work until at least 9:30pm.  My meals consisted of pasta, sandwiches, chicken and broccoli, salads, nothing fancy, all things I could either toast in the toaster oven or toss in the microwave.  While workouts were cardio intensive with some weight lifting, but mainly machines and small free weights at the gym.  With that format I managed to lose a whopping 55 lbs, (I was the smallest I’ve been in my adult life).  

Then life caught up with me.  I moved away from the comfort of graduate school leaving behind friends and a relationship.  I was left with a small town, no friends, no family, or any support system.  I fell into a habit of coming home from work, eating dinner, and waching tv on the couch.  Within a year and a half most of the weight I had lost was back on, and I knew I had to make a change.  For me working out and eating right is affected by my emotions.  Being alone in a new city led me down a downward spiral.

 After two years I decided enough was enough.  That’s when I discovered Crossfit and Paleo.  Now I lead a pretty strict schedule, which some folks think is crazy, but it works for me.  I am typically in bed by 9:30pm so that I am out the door by 5:15am to get a workout in.  I commute an hour each way for work, so it is important for me to get my workout in first thing in the morning.  I know if I don’t the long list of excuses comes out and I won’t workout at the end of the day.  

I was an avid Crossfitter for 3 years, and about 8 months ago I stopped going.  Why?  Honestly, I don’t really know.  I was feeling burnt out and uncomfortable with the people and surroundins at my gym, I had lost my workout crew due to folks moving to different gyms and just didn’t feel like going anymore.  I decided to take my workouts into my own hands and started a couch-to-5K program and started working out with a trainer in November 2014.

Waking up early is the best way for me to fit in a workout.  Now I look forward to my evening of reading, watching tv, or doing a puzzle and on most days use my extra time at night to go for a long walk.  Life gets busy and it’s easy to let go of working out and eating healthy, but the most important thing is to make time for me.

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