One Month Challenge: Gymvember, Week One
[Everyone’s got a vice, a bad habit, something they know they need to change. Unfortunately, everyone also has a million excuses why they just can’t do it. Not anymore. Every month we will be following a different CollegeCandy writer as she takes on a personal challenge. Last month Emmy dabbled in vegetarianism. This month, Melanie is putting her health first and going to the gym....every day....without excuses. How did her first 6 days go?]
How often do I go to the gym lately? I guess I would use the word “sparingly.” Since starting a full-time job, my fitness has taken a backseat to schoolwork, regular work and all the lovely stresses of living in New York City. Never mind the fact that I live in an apartment building with a gym. I’ve tried to justify my lack of rigorous exercise by walking to and from work every day (30 minutes both ways) but in reality, the only reason I do that is because I have a crippling fear of the subway and all public transportation.
Let’s face it, the only marathon I’ve ever participated in only happens when I’m too lazy to turn off E! and I get suckered into 5 hours of the Kardashians. It was time to make a change and get my ass back into shape and take full advantage of the fitness room in my building. So I’ve begun my month challenge, which I’ve endearingly nicknamed “Gymvember.” I’m not skipping a single day of exercise at the gym and have vowed to go for a minimum of 25 minutes a day. This minimum will ideally be exceeded. And no, Bravo marathons and walking around the city don’t count as exercise.
This is going to hurt.
My first week started out shaky. November 1st was the day after a brutally exhausting Halloween and I was whining all the way to the gym that day. Not to mention, when I came back I was convinced that I’m completely void of so-called “endorphins.” The gym does not make me a happy camper. But as the week progressed, so did my intensity in the gym. I’ve started pushing myself and becoming inspired by my neighbors/fellow gym-goers. My favorite thing is the exercise bike so I usually save that for last after twenty minutes of the elliptical. The other day I even brought myself to do my least favorite thing: running. I’ve never been any good at running. I could be on the elliptical forever, but the second you tell me to run I get flashbacks of running the mile in 6th grade. It’s not pretty. But I did it! And it felt… good?
The worst part is probably the first twenty minutes. Once I hit the twenty minute mark, I feel invincible and like I can go forever. However, getting to that first twenty minutes is rough and I keep thinking, “Okay just 7 more minutes…. just 5 minutes and 23 seconds…. just 4 minutes and 3 seconds…” just to get through that first twenty.
The only concerns I’ve been having so far are as follows:
- Am I going to get bored with the same workouts? How can I shake things up?
- What songs can I listen to that get me excited and my heart rate up?
- When can I treat myself to some cute Lululemon workout clothes?
- Why am I so much hungrier now than ever?
- How can I motivate myself to wake up early and go to the gym? So far, I’ve been going at night or in the afternoon.
So far, so good. Not a day missed and all days have been over 25 minutes, even pushing myself to do a couple two-a-days when I have the time! Any suggestions, CollegeCandy readers? I need all the help I can get right now! Not to mention, I’m so ready to do work on those weight machines, but I’m afraid of getting “bulky.” What exercises, routines, DVDs or playlists get you going?
[Check out the other One Month Challenges we've taken on! And if you've got a challenge you want to tackle, email us and we could feature you next month!]