Well, this was eye opening. If you had asked me, “Did you workout a lot in 2021?”, I think I would have probably answered, “Yeah, most days! Some stretches here and there I got off track, but overall, yes, more often than not.”
But data doesn’t lie. 🙂
Here are my stats from 2021:
*(small caveat- again, some days I didn’t track b/c I was out of town, etc.
- January= 19 (8 days out of town, though)
- February= 13
- March = 19 (6 days no tracking)
- April= 25
- May= 13
- June= 13 (7 days no tracking)
- July= 13
- August= 4 (long 16 day vacation- no tracking/ workouts)
- September= 21
- October= 16
- November= 15
- December= 10
Grand Total= 181 workout sessions
*Not counting “walks”. There were some days I was “active” (e.g. went on a hike, cut the grass, went on a bike ride with the kids, etc.). But for my tracking purposes, I only typically count a “workout” as intentional exercise I planned to do.)
Like I did with the books, if I subtract out the “unavailable” days (*debatable if I was really unable to exercise on some of those days, but we’ll go with this), it leaves me 328 out of the year.
So of those 328 days, I apparently exercised on 181 of them, or, 55%.
Hmm. Decent? Kind of? But not great. I’m not overly impressed with this number. I guess it does average out to ~3.5 times per week, which is solid enough (and counts as a “habit”), but it is still way lighter than I’d prefer.
(*A couple thoughts on the “I can’t workout if I’m out of town/ vacation” idea: Generally I don’t workout on vacation, unless maybe I’m at the beach and it’s a very relaxing type trip and I feel like I have extra time to kill. I don’t want to get up early/ sacrifice family time/ etc. in the name of a workout, which is not likely to make or break my health, my body, or anything in that single session.
That being said, I have a very clear memory of a time when my Uncle/Aunt/cousins came to visit overnight once when I was a kid. In the morning, I woke up and found that my uncle had gone out running at 6 am. I remember thinking, “What?? He’s at someone else’s house and still got up and went out running?? That’s insane.” But it stuck with me I guess for these almost 30 years since it happened, because I still remember it. 🙂 I don’t think he viewed it as a “have to do” thing. More likely, it was “his time” and he was happy to sneak it in before the rest of the day. )
For 2022, this is my current “plan” (same basic plan I’ve tried implementing on other stints throughout the year):
M- GYM- shoulders/triceps + short HIIT cardio session
T- HOME- Morning Meltdown (continue- currently on workout 24 of 100.) Will pick and choose to move workouts around to not “double up” a body part from the gym workouts back to back.
W- GYM- Legs + 10 min core circuit
TH- HOME- Morning Meltdown
F- GYM- Back/Biceps + 10 min core or cardio circuit
S- HOME- Morning Meltdown OR may do a 2nd Leg day at the gym if I have time instead.
Sun- Rest/ Stretching/ yoga/ Re-Vibe from Morning Meltdown
This gets me consistently back in the gym, but is still realistic in that I’m not claiming to be at the gym 7 days a week. Home workouts are inevitably easier to fit in, and I’m better about doing cardio in a video/class setting. But gym workouts are more effective for strength building. This plan combines both!
Daily Gratitude Challenge Day 4:
Name a challenging experience that made you strong:
Hmmm…. That’s a tough one. I think I’m going to go with just surviving the boys’ early/ toddler years while working fulltime as a nurse. Ivan worked weird hours back then, primarily evenings. So, this meant that I was on solo parenting duty for dinner, baths and bedtime pretty much every single night- or I was working a 12 hour shift until 7:30/8 pm, coming home, relieving the babysitter and then still doing all of that before collapsing, exhausted. It was not an easy time, and the boys are only 15 months apart in age, so….yeah. They were a handful, my job was exhausting (12 hour shifts, crazy busy stressful work environment), and life felt very, very hard in many ways back then. But I apparently have lived to tell the tale! Hahaha. And my kids are still alive, and I’m still married, and I think we’re all pretty happy now! So I guess what doesn’t kill you does make you stronger. 😉