Yep, that was me. For my entire college career, which happened to be 5 years, I always had good intentions of going to the gym, but somehow it rarely happened. I paid for a jumbo gym membership thinking that actually paying for it would motivate me to go; it didn’t. Like I mentioned in my bio, I tried running because it was convenient, but I hate running! The problem was that I didn’t enjoy any of the workouts that I was trying to do. If you don’t find any enjoyment or gratification in something, you’re not going to do it, period. My other excuse: “I’m too busy!” Well, everyone is busy! We all have jobs and families and obligations that fill our time. Until you find something you enjoy, it’s not worth making time for.
When I started working out at J&M, I realized I had finally found something that I enjoyed. Finding the time to make it to classes quickly became a priority. Actually looking forward to and enjoying my workouts was a totally new concept to me, and it was so refreshing. There was still one problem though. I was still busy! Now, I realize that I don’t have kids and that there are people who work a lot more hours than I do, but somehow, no matter our circumstances, we are all always busy. The difference was that now I wanted to go to the gym!
Being a nurse, I only work 3 days a week. Most people think, “Dang! Three days a week? You must have so much free time!!” One would think that, but somehow, it never feels that way. I work three 12-hour shifts, always from 7-7. I rotate between working days and nights. My schedule is different every week and sometimes I work weekends. Sometimes I’m not sure if I’m coming or going. And let’s be real: that 12-hour shift is really 13-14 hours, depending on the craziness of the day. So, on days that I work, that’s all I do—work. There’s no time or energy to go to the gym at 8 pm; that’s if I’m working a day shift. If I’m working a night shift, there’s no way I’m waking up in the middle of the day to go workout and then stay up all night. So, that leaves my glorious 4 days off per week to get everything done that can’t be done on my work days. That means everything: errands, cleaning, laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, and gym. Plus, if I’ve been working nights, my first day off doesn’t count because I spend it recovering from staying awake all night for several nights in a row. I might as well have had a hard bender the night before for as hung-over as I feel that first day post night shift. Anyone who works nights, you know what I mean.
Moral of the story: we’re all busy. Find a workout that works for you and that you enjoy, and finding the time will be a lot easier. Weightlifting has been so effective for me and, more importantly, fun. Our workouts are rarely more than an hour, and unless we’re training for a meet like we are now, we only workout 2-3 days per week. Since my work schedule is so inconsistent, it’s nice for me to have a lot of options when it comes to class times, which J&M does have. Also, Jim is very flexible and willing to work around my schedule in order to get my training sessions in. Now going to the gym has become such an ingrained part of my weekly routine. I look forward to it and crave it when I’m not there for extended periods of time. I never thought I’d become one of those people who gets excited to workout, craves it in its absence, and tells all my friends that they need to come to my gym because, well, it’s the best.