Last week I was accidentally consistent! The past few weeks I’ve been trying to get on the treadmill a couple of times a week and I put my bike on the trainer and started riding it a bit.
My big incentive came from a very unlikely interaction with my training buddy. He was telling me how he does his long indoor bike rides when his wife isn’t home. They are both retired so I wasn’t quite sure the reason for his needing to wait for a time when they weren’t going to be together. He told me it was because his wife thinks he works out too much! I laughed and said that Scott has never said that in the whole time we have been together, but there was a time when people used to say that about me.
So one of my new goals is to workout until I have to hide my working out because people/Scott thinks that I work out too much! If I am at that point then I’m probably training (almost) enough for Ironman.
My other incentive is food-oriented. The past few years have seen a serious increase in vegan junk food, which has been so good… and SO BAD! I can get vegan ice cream at my small-town grocery store! Not to mention mainstream dark chocolate bars. They are still a little hard to find, but when I see them I buy them. This is bad news!
I figure that if I can incorporate my love of chocolate, vegan ice cream, and french fries into my training plan then I’ll be even more motivated. The past few years I have had a serious lack of self control when it comes to food, partially because of my health issues, partially because of big life changes, and partially because of years and years of an extremely strict and regimented diet.
This is what it comes down to for my new incentive program: small goals = small rewards, big goals = big rewards. Food rewards.
Here is a small incentive example:
Today I did my longest swim that I’ve done in years. YEARS. 2500m of a structured workout. My incentive: french fries at lunch IF I did the whole workout with no reducing spur of the moment, which I have been doing lots. I’m not joking when I say that those fries were well-deserved and were a fantastic incentive! About halfway through the main set I thought, “Well, I could just do two of these sets instead of four and that would only be a decreased of 250m.” I quickly told myself, “YOU ONLY GET FRIES IF YOU FINISH THE WHOLE THING!” It got me through the rest of the set. Once I got over that hump I had no problem finishing the workout
I finished the workout. I FINISHED THE WORKOUT. For the first time in a very long time I followed my workout exactly as it was written on my recipe card in the sandwich bag:
The french fries were delicious.