I am realizing that one of the only ways for me to enjoy getting in shape is not noticing that getting fit is what I'm doing.
I actually think I suck at workout plans like: 25 minutes on a treadmill, 15 on an elliptical, and some light weight work. I have no doubt that it's effective, but I am not interested in watching HGTV shows while sweating my butt off on a treadmill.
*to be fair I'm probably going to the gym about twice a week to keep up with myself
It used to be that I would have practice twice a day and I wouldn't have to plan my own workouts or mentally prepare a significant amount for them. I would just show up and get changed and my workout would be on a piece of paper and no matter how hard it would be, everyone would likely be doing the same workout so the team aspect made it easier.
More than that, I had something to work towards. I know that there are fitness goals like losing 5 or so pounds in two weeks or whatever, but that's not what I mean. I literally had to work every single day and plan my meals and visualize my swims so that when the time came I would drop the right amount of time so that I'd make nationals, olympic trials, etc. Doing all of this and working out that much meant that I'd get to go with my team and coaches to a new swim meet, get new gear, and have a new experience. Losing 5 pounds in 2 weeks means on the off chance that I go to the pool in that short amount of time, maybe I'll feel a little different in a bikini. That doesn't seem to be enough motivation for me.
So, what I'm thinking is that since I have an allotted amount of time in SLC and Utah in general, that I'm going to do all the hikes I've wanted to do for the past few years and have put it off.
Hiking is so, so good for you both physically and mentally, and working towards a goal with a time limit I think will do the trick.
Doing about a hike every 2 days will change the way I eat (because one really shouldn't have Flaming Hot Cheetos before a hike), adjust the time I go to sleep (maybe before midnight for a change), change the time I wake up, and ideally improve my outlook on life. I'm lucky to have lived in such an awesome place for this challenge and I'm excited to see how this changes my life before I leave!
Let's do this!