Sep 12, 2013
Thanks for joining Throwback Thursday. I've been thinking A LOT about what I wanted to write about and HOW I wanted to word it so it made sense. I hope that I reach that goal.
The key to my success isn't necessarily which workout I choose. It doesn't matter if it's cardio, lifting weights, circuit training, or any other workout on the planet. What I have noticed through all the years is one thing...CONSISTENCY.
When I am consistently working out I am at my fittest. Since starting the "September 30 for 30" with Adie, I have actually lost weight, instead of maintaining. Some of you are probably saying, "duh, Haley." But, what you need to realize is that I haven't really been working out at my maximum effort. I have not been doing my most challenging workouts, or working out for the number of minutes I would normally workout. Most of the normal workouts that I do are much more than 30 minutes and at a higher intensity.
One of my favorite workouts, like the Plyometric Insanity DVD, is very intense for around forty minutes and I feel like I'm dying. Haven't done it.
Running...haven't been doing much of that. Just a bit here and there.
I have been lifting weights, jumping on the bike, some Turbofire DVDs, and doing random exercise. That is the truth. I don't even have a "program" right now.
Now, why I bring this up is important. It reminds me of when I was in the summer after my senior year of Softball, 2004.
I stayed in Carbondale for the summer and got to work with another athlete from SIU. She was a volleyball player, and we had so much in common. We loved to be physically active and cared about maintaining a healthy lifestyle after our sports were done. We decided to go running and pretty much went 5 days a week.
We would run campus lake twice, which is just under 4 miles.
That is all I did...all summer. NO lifting weights, NO circuit training. JUST running.
I had great results. However, before recently, I thought it was due to the fact that I was running...and that was the workout that I needed to get my most fit.
Since that summer I have done stretches where I only run...Not the same results. AT ALL!!! Not even close.
What I have come to realize is that it wasn't about the RUNNING I was doing...it was about the consistency.
Running did NOT get me the results...consistency did.
When I seem to "struggle" or "fail" a bit it usually has to do with when I take too many days off. This is why the September 30 for 30 has really kicked things back into gear for me. I have not missed a day yet. Even when my daughter was sick last week, and I didn't feel well myself, I went for a 30 minute walk to get my 30 minutes in!!!
Consistency is key. So, if you have something you like to do already...keep it up. But, one thing I try and help my clients realize is how important physical fitness is, and how it needs to be a habit, or part of your NORMAL routine.
Another point I would like to make is that consistency even outweighed my diet. I was NOT eating the most healthy at this point in my life. I worked at a bar...eating bar food and drinking more than I ever did before. I wasn't watching what I ate...or drank. I was just running and having fun. Now, does that mean if you work out every day you will never have to watch what you eat??
The point I am trying to make is that even though I wasn't watching what I ate, because I was consistent with my workouts I was able to still create a deficit in order to be successful. And I'm sure age and metabolism helped a bit as well.
How can this help you? Easy. Put your workouts into your calendar. Leave them there. Make them a part of your routine and you will finally see some consistency. If you are CONSISTENT with your workouts, I know you will have success.
One final Throwback Thursday picture...just for fun. I can't believe this is close to nine years ago!