Punching My Card

At the beginning of the year, I made a promise to myself: to be healthy. I know most everyone starts the new year off with diets, new workout routines and juice cleanses. While all of that was part of my resolution, it has become so much more than that.

mentalityI knew being healthy was going to mean a change in behavior and a shift in mindset. I like to eat really good food and finding time to fit in a workout is always a challenge. But 2014 was the year when it had to change. I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life and knew something had to change. I found Zumba classes close to the train station, making it easiy to get there after work. My job also offers a strength training class after work in the cafeteria. These classes combined with a close-by yoga class and a run makes for a successful exercise week.

Each of my classes gives their participants a card to punch at each class. This card punching process has become addictive. I look so forward to class each week that I have on occasion flipped out when I couldn’t attend. Take last Wednesday for example. I couldn’t get to my strength training class because I didn’t take my car to the train station. I was in full tantrum mode by 6 a.m. After a few deep breaths, I realized that whybeing so upset means my fitness routine has become a priority for me. This was a shift in behavior as working out was never a constant priority; now it is. I look forward to my classes and want to order a salad for lunch. Of course priorities might have to shift some days and I will miss a class. But in the end, my overall well-being ranks high on the priority list now.

Since I’ve built working out into my weekly schedule, my body feels better and my attitude is more positive. I don’t huff and puff up the subway steps and actually look forward to my walk to Penn Station after work. Now I just need to stick through it during the spring!

Has fitness always been important to you? If not, what changed? Feel free to share your thoughts!

 

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6 thoughts on “Punching My Card

  1. mybodymytime April 22, 2014 at 1:40 pm Reply

    Fitness is a way of life for me

    • Alex Crispino April 22, 2014 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Thanks for reading and sharing your thoughts! I couldn’t agree with you more!

  2. Jessica Lawlor April 27, 2014 at 9:46 am Reply

    I am SO proud of you, Alex! This is amazing and I’m glad you’ve found exercises that you love to keep you going.

    I totally hear you on getting ragey and angry when you can’t get to class. Last week, I carved out THREE nights for yoga…and my yoga studio was unexpectedly closed for the entire week. Cue: rage. But like you said, priorities shift and we have to calm ourselves down when things don’t go our way 😉

    xox

  3. Alex Crispino April 27, 2014 at 4:58 pm Reply

    Thanks Jess! I’m glad you can relate and shared your perspective, it’s all so true!

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