Mindful Monday: 3-day Rule

Monday, March 23, 2015

For those of you who are not workout warriors, I want to share what is working for me. I used to be an all or nothing person when it came to working out. If I missed a day, then I would get down on myself, miss the rest of the week, then the next week, then the remainder of the month and so on and so on.  Now I put myself on a 3-day rule for working out, and it is working! I enjoy a good workout, but what I enjoy most is spending time with my husband and daughter. Therefore, I have to make time for it.   

I was listening to a podcast and heard about setting a 3-day rule when you are trying to conquer something new. This idea resonated with me, and I thought I am going to try it out.  That same night, I told my husband I was putting myself on a 3-day workout rule, and I laid out my plans. I scheduled myself to go to the gym at 6 a.m. before my husband leaves for work on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. My reasoning for these days were that Mondays suck, Fridays are fun days and weekends are sacred--haha! I set two alarms and I lay out my gym clothes the night before.  

So far so good. I am amazed at what a difference it has made. The added bonus is I feel great, my husband has joined in on my 3-day rule, and I have more energy. Aside from my 3 gym days, I go on daily walks with Luna and I try to get in at least one yoga session at home (I like this one if Luna wants to join the fun). Sometimes I'll even do an extra at-home workout like this

Of course there are days when I have to give myself a good kick in the butt, and that is when these reminders come in...



I hope my 3-day rule gives you added determination to conquer your health, fitness and any other goals. I know it is easier said than done to get the motivation to begin a fitness routine. Take it from me, I am no fitness buff, I am just a woman who is determined on making positive changes. When it comes to health and fitness there are so many opinions out there. I like it when things are kept simple and straight to the point. Sticking to something for 3-days is as simple as it gets.

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