Habits > willpower
I’ve been on the Faster Way to Fat Loss program again for a couple of weeks now, and feel I’ve finally found my groove with it. The first time I tried the program a couple of years ago, I’d say my participation level was probably about 30%. I was intimidated by the workouts so didn’t do them. And I was resistant to the concept of tracking my food. I dropped out after about 3 weeks.
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This time I felt ready to really focus and do the work, and it’s helped that my friend Karen has been training to be a coach and just passed her certification. She’s been a great source of support and information, along with the coaches I was assigned when I joined. (If you’re thinking of joining up, there’s a new session starting August 24. She’d be a fantastic coach and you can request her!)
Staying motivated to work out at home
When I posted my workout setup on my Instagram stories earlier this week, a few people asked how I stay motivated to work out at home. As with any practice, I’ve found that making it a habit is key. It’s like brushing your teeth or getting up for work every morning. Making it a habit takes all of the decision-making out of it.
So I do my workouts at around the same time and in the same place every day.
I don’t have a large at-home workout space, but can setup this arrangement in our bedroom in just a minute, and then stash everything back in the corner when I’m done. Link to the tripod HERE. I like this one a lot; it’s lightweight but sturdy and easy to adjust.
Another thing I’ve found helps me is to keep the time commitment manageable. I can do almost anything for 30 minutes. And the FWFL daily workouts are varied enough that I don’t get bored. They also show low-impact and other adaptive moves. And finally, I feel so energized afterward that I want to stick with it.
I’ve been doing the workouts almost every morning (except when I have my Pilates session) and have been tracking food consistently. I haven’t experienced any cravings, and have much more energy. While I’m staying off the scale, I do feel less bloated.
Mocktail Hour! 🍸
When we first went on lockdown in the Spring, I thought it might be fun to start enjoying a “cocktail hour” a few days per week. I learned to mix up some of my favorites: Negroni, Boulevardier, Perfect Manhattan, Aperol Spritz.
But the cocktails weren’t doing my waistline any favors, and I knew partaking in hard alcohol a few times a week probably wasn’t my best move health-wise. So I’ve been on the hunt for some non-alcoholic, low-calorie alternatives that are satisfying.
Karen recommended Kombucha, and mes amis, I am HOOKED. I love this stuff! It’s refreshing, not too sweet, and may have both probiotic and antioxidant benefits. I don’t miss the alcohol.
And in other health news…
Last weekend we were informed that Jeune Homme had tested positive for COVID-19. Fortunately he’s been asymptomatic, but it does mean that he’s in isolation and we won’t be able to see him for his birthday tomorrow. We’ll be dropping off a cake and some gifts for him at his residence.
Fortunately, none of the staff at his group home have tested positive. They are taking all precautions with protective gear. Next week he’ll have another test, and if it’s negative we should be able to see him again the following weekend.
No me moleste mosquito… 🦟
Finally, I was reminded that I’d promised to circle back and report on the Thermacell mosquito repellent device we’ve been using in the backyard. I think it works well, as long as I keep it nearby when in use. Our climate is dry, and we don’t usually have a huge bug problem in the summer, so I don’t know how this would work in more bug-infested zones.
You have to replace the little pad with the repellent every couple hours of use, and the butane cartridge every 12 hours of use. It takes a few minutes to warm up before it’s effective, IME. When it’s on, there is no discernible scent.
What helps keep you motivated to develop or maintain healthy habits?
Bon weekend! And thanks for reading.