Sunday, December 28, 2014

Without a Performance, I Don't Care Enough

There are hundreds of articles about motivation.  I could probably write this post about how to motivate yourself to exercise and list every tip ever given.  What I am struggling with is how to find the follow through in the exercise plans that I've made for myself while keeping realistic expectations and staying in balance.

When I was in boot camp from 2012 to early 2014, I was very motivated to get to the gym by 5:30 in the morning.  There was a group of people that I enjoyed seeing.  We cheered for each other and also pressured each other just enough.  It was a wonderful experience even though I began to develop quite a problem with my right shoulder.

Several months ago we decided to move and sell some of our properties.  Through that transition, we could no longer go to our boot camp.  Also, during that time my DH developed a severe injury (now diagnosed as frozen shoulder) so switching to boot camp at another location was not an option either.

So now, months after we've left boot camp, I'm struggling to keep a regular routine because there is no great goal.  No competition that depends on my practice.

The only bright spot in the transition is that the time away from the group has allowed my shoulder to finally heal.

When I was dancing, there was always an end of the year recital.  If you didn't practice, you looked pretty silly up on stage.

Now that I'm dancing on my own, in my own living room, there is no pending recital.  There is no bar to reach.  There is no one counting on a good performance from me, except me.

It isn't enough.  How does someone who is born to perform keep the drive and passion alive when no one is watching the performance?

I have been conditioned since childhood that you work hard, you practice over and over, because the big performance will come and you need to be the best.

And this is why my exercise regimen has been so inconsistent.

My crazy (and wonderful) brother on the left.
My brother has a lofty 50 marathons in 50 states by 50 plan which keeps him going.  I am very proud of him for that.

A few years ago our gym had an I Love Joe competition for Pilates.  That was fun and challenging.  I won some prizes and it kept me motivated.

I'm trying to find the equivalent goal for a dancer who likes yoga, Pilates, and cycling.

After an hour of searching I could only find:
1. Zumba instructor training - that might be fun but I don't want to teach it
2. Fitness competitions - ugg, no thanks on the body building
3. Mrs. Oklahoma pageant - double ugggg

Suddenly, inspiration strikes me.  What if I could fit into my wedding dress by my 12th anniversary?  That's a pretty lofty goal.  The dress is a size 6-8 (closer to a 6).

That means I would have to drop 2 dress sizes in 19 weeks.  A little over 1 lb. per week.

For a busy 50 year old business owner, this is not as easy as it would have been 12 years ago. (And I thought getting in shape before my wedding was tough.)

Challenge accepted.  Maybe to give it legitimacy I should create a Facebook event and invite competitors.  Just kidding.

What I will do if I make it is take the dress to be altered as a short dress that I can wear at a cocktail party.  THEN, I will host a cocktail party.  Let me know if you want to be on the guest list.

Does this competition have weekly prizes??  Yes.  I think I will need some. :)