It happens to me every year.
I rock the shit out of my workout schedule from January through the end of July, and then August happens.
I’m not sure if it’s the weather or just a sense of satisfaction in accomplishing my fitness/body goals, but with August comes maaaaaajor slackage in my fitness routine. Usually, all I do is Couch to 5k training and running a 5k. And those workouts are only 3 times a week. No weight training. No ab work. No stretching. No pilates/ballet/yoga.
Then, come September, the c25k runs get even less infrequent. Maybe once a week, if the weather cooperates (which it rarely does). By the time October rolls around, I am doing absolutely nothing and remain rather idle until late December or early January, when I start all over again.
This year I’ve vowed to break the trend of late summer slacking. Conveniently, I ended my second round of ChaLEAN Extreme at the end of July, so that left me open to a new routine, beginning in August. I stuck with Chalene and chose TurboFire. I am a big CJ fan and have thoroughly enjoyed both Turbo Jam and ChaLEAN Extreme, so I figured I’d give TurboFire a try.
Now, I’ve made it known that I’m a HUGE college football fan. All I do — from the moment I wake up, until I go to bed — is watch football. Attending or watching games, pre-shows, highlight shows, whatever. That’s it. I eat in front of the TV. I’m not taking a break for a workout/shower. That’s just how it is.
So, as a result, I have decided to alter the class schedule to my liking. I hit my goal weight a month ago (and am still losing w/out trying), so I just want to maintain. 5 days per week is good enough for me. I know I’m not to do HIIT workouts to days in a row, so sometimes I must do some shuffling, but that’s ok. Taking into account the 1st month of classes, I’ll have to drop 1 day’s worth of a workouts per week. And that will likely be the Core 20/Stretch 40 day. Sometimes I could feel motivated and do something on a Sunday, but that would be an exception to the rule.
I’m about to finish my second week of August activity and I feel good. Really, what I want to do is keep moving. Just do something Monday – Friday. That’s my goal. Starting a 90-120 day program, like Turbo Fire, just gives me structure and accountability. That’s why I chose TurboFire. When I’m not doing a program with a planned out schedule, I’m more likely to slack off.
I stopped working out last fall, and then we finished our basement, which is where I do my workouts. So, my usual Dec/Jan startup time was pushed back to March. I wasn’t fitting into my jeans! I’m not ever going to let that happen again!
So, this will be the first time in years (if ever), that I will be working out year round. Don’t get me wrong. I might take a recovery week here or there, but they won’t be consecutive.
Wish me luck!