Today also marks the first day of Lent. And while I haven't had ashes smudged on my head since elementary school, I do still give something up every year. For forty days and forty nights, my deep-seated Catholic guilt forces me to abstain from something delightful. This year, I'm doing things a little differently.* Instead of giving up chocolate or coffee, I'm going to do 40 Days of Fitness.
I know what you're thinking. It's supposed to be about "resisting temptation" and blah-bid-dee blah. Well, I'm resisting the temptation of laziness. I'm going to work out for a minimum of half an hour everyday for forty days in a row. I am fully aware that this may be not too far from normal for some of you, but considering I worked out a whopping two times in the month of January, I'd say it's going to be quite the challenge.
I'm hoping the words above will provide some motivation. The only time I've ever really stuck with a workout routine was when I trained for a 10K in 2010. It was another Lent thing and in just 40 days, I went from never running more than a mile at a time to running 6 miles without walking or stopping. I think the difference was that I wasn't doing it to lose weight or change my body shape, I was doing it just to prove to myself that I could. I decided I was going to do it before I even started.
So I'm deciding now that I will work out (not try to work out) everyday for the next 40 days, starting with an hour of spin this morning.
Btw, I haven't been to a spin class since October. This should be interesting . . .
*It's not that different. A friend of mine did it a few years ago. I'm a total copycat.