I admit it – offer me 5 easy steps to sticking to my workout schedule and I will take the bait and take the time to read your 5 (or 4 or 6 or 3) steps to being more consistent in workouts. And ususally the advice is good, albeit obvious. Dumb Little Man has an article about sticking to your workout routine with 5 easy steps that really do make sense. The 5 steps are:
- Work Out With Others
- Keep An Exercise Log
- Get Enough Sleep
- Eat Healthily (And Enough)
- Get Your Kit Ready The Night Before
Like I said – they make total sense, right? But somehow they just don’t help me. I’ll take you through why:
- I would love to work out with others. But trying to juggle 2 kids under 5 and running a company, and being pregnant with baby #3, well making plans with anyone except my family is just not in the picture right now.
- I can keep an exercise log. This is one I can do.
- Get enough sleep. Hmmm. Haven’t been able to do that since I had baby #1. Where are the 5 easy steps to getting both your young kids to sleep through the night, every night. When one does – the other does not. Then when both of them actually do, I spend all night up with the yet-to-be born one kicking me all night, and hopping up and down on my bladder. And then when the 3- and 5-year old seem like they have managed to have a good run of sleeping in their own beds, one gets sick, then the other, and we start all over again. I have realized that I can actually survive on less than 6 hours of sleep a night. It’s not good for me. I don’t like it, but I haven’t died — yet. And with baby #3 due after Thanksgiving — the idea of getting enough sleep seems so far removed from my reality.
- Eat healthy and enough. OK. This one I can also do. I am a big health nut and very much believe in eating well. That said, lately we seem to be eating a lot of take-out food. I just can’t seem to get to the market regularly and every night it’s the same panic to figure out what we are going to eat. So I guess eating healthy is not as easy as I would like it to be.
- Get your kit ready the night before. Sure I can do that. But then if the kids don’t wake up on time, or I had a particularly bad night with any of the kids, or couldn’t sleep because of the little soon-to-be-born baby…having my workout clothes ready just doesn’t really matter.
Why can’t someone just give me the secret to adding 2 extra hours to every day? That would be all I need. Give me 26 hours in a day (but make sure the kids sleep through these hours) and I am golden. I can actually stick to the 5 easy steps and make sure I do my workout. But without these 2 extra hours, I just read these tips and it makes me sigh, and realize, those are not for me. One day. But not today.