Terri’s View: We’ve all said, “I’ll start Monday, because there’s no point in starting my diet on a weekend.” So, we start fresh with good intentions, but by Wednesday we are floundering and binging on chips. Why do we all follow a similar pattern? Maybe you are trying to follow something that is too restrictive and doesn’t allow for some real life situations or an occasional treat. Maybe you are too hard on yourself and when you have a slip-up, you can’t shake it and just get back on track the next day. Whatever the reason is, you need to understand that life is always going to get in the way and it will always be “something.”
Whether it’s a birthday, a holiday, a summer, or stressful times; it’s always going to be something. Something is going to cause you to say, “It’s not the right time to start a new program now. I have an anniversary party next week, so I’m not going set myself up for failure.”
Life goes on and there is always going to be social events and ebbs and flows of our moods and situations. The key is to be on track as much of the time as you can in between those times. If you just let things get out of hand the whole time, your weight will skyrocket. But if you can keep yourself in check most of the time – you’ll be OK. No one is perfect with their eating or workout regimen all the time, (and the few that are are just extremists and get on your nerves for just being so perfect.)
The time to start is right now. There is a girls’ night out next week, and it will be hard. Yes, there is going to be a birthday party at Uncle Joe’s house. Yes, the holidays will be here sooner then we’d like. There is always going to be something. We just have to find our happy medium in between all those somethings.
Ed’s View: It’s something that comes up in conversation at the gym; should you work out in the morning or at night? For me, I workout when I have the time. Then there are the people that say, “Studies have shown…”
I look at this way; studies may have shown working out in the morning is more effective than working out in the evening, or that you should do your cardio before you do your weight training. But if it works for you, and you are losing weight and gaining muscle, then what is the difference?
If you pay attention to everything that you hear, you will find you are spinning your wheels and also finding an “out” so that it is easy to make the excuse not to go to the gym, or easy not to look for the healthier choice in food.
I have found now, that if I miss a day in the gym, (let’s face it sometimes a situation does come up that is out of our control) I will try my best to find a time to get into the gym to make up for that day, either morning or yes at night.
I found when I was working that either morning or night was fine; doing a morning workout got me moving and woke me up, I felt a boost of energy to get me through the day. A night workout was great as well because I could let go of some frustrations that had happened during the day and it gave me a great relaxed feeling.
Either way; your actions will determine your outcome and sometimes the best person to listen to is yourself. Take ideas from others and tailor them to fit to a routine that will work best for you.