But I will tell you I'm on day nine today. Day nine of a "get your bottom to the gym X days in a row you silly slacker you" kick.
You see, I'd been quite casual about visiting my beloved Koko Fit Club. I'd been letting my personal social anxiety overpower me and honestly I was talking myself out of visits with rational like "I'm not feeling nice today, I don't want to hurt Jeff's (the owner and usual staff member) feelings by being short. Ummm...yeah. That's a good reason to skip the gym, especially when the reason I got to the gym is primarily to improve my anxiety and moodiness.
So, after the Thanksgiving holiday, when I realized I'd not seen the inside of Koko and not plugged my Koko Key in to a smart trainer in over SIX days...shame filled me.
You see at Koko your workouts are tracked, you log into your My Koko account and you can see how you're doing, etc. Each time when you setup to either the Koko Smart-trainer or one of the cardio machines, it lets you know when you last visited. It's embarrassing to go as long as I had, especially when I drive PAST the gym every day to and from work AND the workouts are only 30 minutes!!! (I could walk there from home in less than 5 minutes it's so darn close)
In any case, I've made a new pledge to close out 2010 with a bang and give myself a wonderful Christmas gift of time. I've pledged to myself permission to take the time to fill my days with things that make me proud of myself, instead of giving myself excuses to be less than my best -- starting with an easily tracked and tangible appointment with the gym. Each day I have a promise to myself to give myself 30 minutes, 30 minutes of time dedicated to me and me alone.
Really, in life so often we're consumed with external pressures -- be it social obligations, work, family...that we forget that without nurturing ourselves a little each day, there is NO way we can handle the rest of our realities. I hope that by teaching myself to have 30 minutes of gym time I will soon be able to call that a habit and expand that personal focus time to other things such as meditation, etc.
I'm headed into the busy time of year at work and in life -- end of year -- and I'm happy to report that I think this might be the first year I'll get to say I'm doing things right for a change!!
I hope you all give yourself the gift this holiday season of the permission to take a moment (or several) just for you too, you deserve it.