It has taken me a LONG TIME to figure out my body’s fitness patterns and needs. It has not come naturally and I have had to train myself to listen to my body and really understand what it craves. Here’s what I’ve gathered about myself: I hate Mondays. I venture to say I’m not the only one.
“I’ll start on Monday”. How many times have I uttered those words? Monday is synonymous with exhaustion, dread, and the morning rush. Add to it a diet overhaul and placing a standard of doing an intense workout has the potential to make life just that much more chaotic, and instead of reaping the benefits of the workout I hope to get to, I feel like a failure if I don’t get to it.
Here’s the truth: of all days, Monday is the downer day. It’s almost as if upon creation, God wanted us to have another day of fun so he added in Monday as buffer so days 3,4,5,6,7, and 1 were just a little more magical. Mondays are exhausting, full of half completed to-do lists and a daunting week ahead. Saying, “I’ll start on Monday” is automatically setting myself up for a rough week ahead. Mondays, my snooze button wins. I groggily roll out of bed, tromp (or sometimes stomp) to the kitchen to down a glass of water and get coffee started. By this point, I am woken up and no longer groggy, but not thrilled.
Whereas I love my job and am so grateful to have a full time job in my field, I cannot deny that Mondays at work can be exhausting. I focus all of my energy into my job on Mondays returning emails, phone calls, and doing everything in my power to help others lead a healthy lifestyle. I love all the potential Mondays have to offer, however, Mondays ZAP my energy. Fatigue sets in the moment I come in the door and put on my sweat pants. Put simply, Mondays are a heck of a lot harder than Tuesdays. Therefore, Mondays are my “rest” workout days.
Sunday mornings I am well rested. I have energy. I have time to make myself a wholesome breakfast that isn’t a feeble attempt to wrap up a few food groups into a form that I can wolf down on my drive into work. I can perform a well-planned workout, and even take a nap after if I’m still wiped out. Sundays are my successful days. I set my goals on Sundays because I am motivated.
Mondays I’m just plain ole tired. Period. See above rant. Great if I put in a workout of anytime, but it certainly isn’t going to be my day of intense exercise! I make no sudden changes on Mondays. I am in survival mode and consider eating healthy for the day a success. I also consider not wearing spandex to work on a Monday a success. Feel free to judge accordingly.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays I am back in the swing of things. With the right combo of water, coffee and protein in the morning, I’m ready to conquer the fitness industry, plan classes, teach classes, train, research to get my staff the answers and new information they need and get in great workouts myself. I am motivated. I am my strongest these days, and I play on those strengths. My willpower is high and my want for physical activity on those days is insatiable. These days, I am the Energizer Bunny and I know it. I am the most productive both at work and at home.
Fridays are the day for me to cap my week, evaluate my professional and personal fitness goals, and I usually end the week with a quick but intense cardio or strength workout. Saturdays are my “if I get to it” days and I’m not ashamed to admit it. If the opportunity for me to fill my soul with good friends conflicts with a scheduled workout, the social life wins.
So as we move into this Monday, I present these challenges: find your most motivated days and work with them. Do not set a “Start Day” if that day sucks for you already. Seriously. It’ll just add to the suck factor of that day. One person’s Monday can be another person’s Wednesday. As you go through this week, monitor what days you are the most motivated and productive. Set one of those as your start day and you will set yourself up for success. What’s your start day?