I Don’t Have Time and Other Reasons (Excuses)

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It’s 6 already?! I’m late! Wait… Is that am or pm?

Marquette, Michigan  –  April 7, 2014  –  As a working mom, I’m a busy person. I have a lot of things to get done in a day and sometimes I’m just damned tired.

I get up early in the morning, make breakfast and bagged lunches for my family, drive my daughter to school, and then run to work. In the evening, I go home to a hungry family that wants my attention, a house to clean, grocery shopping to do, a mountain of laundry, and whatever else gets thrown my way. Somewhere in there, I sneak away to the gym for a workout.

When I first started working out at Synergy Fitness, I was afraid to re-injure my ankle (you can read more about that here), but as the weeks progressed, I gained confidence and my ankle turned out to be the least of my problems at the gym.


I would rather do 1,000 pushups than have surgery again.

During February, I was plagued with mysterious back pain, cramping, a bad cold, and then kidney stones that required surgery. I missed several workouts and it was a rough month.

After recovering completely from the kidney ordeal, the back pain disappeared and I was optimistic about getting a fresh start to really make some gains in March. Then I rolled my ankle and tweaked my knee during a workout.

The knee pain became a whole new level of frustration. No matter how careful I was, I still had intense pain whenever I bent it and put weight on it. (Note to self: Don’t do that. It really hurts!) This is an ongoing issue, but if I’m careful about how I move my knee, I can avoid the pain.

I’m trying to be patient. I know my body’s not used to all this activity and I’m going to have a lot of aches and pains to work through as my body gets stronger. It’s difficult to know which pain I should push through and which pain means something is really wrong.

This is when working with a trainer makes a HUGE difference. When I have pain, I talk to my trainer, Amanda, about it. She assesses my form and helps me correct it – sometimes a small adjustment in form is what it takes to alleviate the pain. Sometimes it doesn’t help and we have to modify exercises or the plan for the week.

Modifying the exercise plan is great, but it only works if you manage to make it to the gym for each workout. Life interferes, family and work obligations come up, snowstorms happen… these are all reasons (excuses) I’ve missed workouts in the last 8 weeks. It happens. Once you break your routine though, it gets easier and easier to do.

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Brian and Patty of Synergy Fitness at the John Deere Giveaway Party!

My goal for the end of April is to be under 250 pounds. That’s a loss of seven pounds over the next three weeks. It’s not going to happen without a plan, and the plan is to get in a workout five times a week. When you set a goal you have to plan to follow through on it. If you don’t, it isn’t really a goal… it’s just a wish that you don’t care enough about to make a reality.

If I don’t miss a single workout, there’s no way I can miss two.

Among the reasons (excuses) I missed workouts last week was the Great Lakes Radio Giveaway Party at the Red Rock Lanes and Banquet Center in Ishpeming. Brian and Patty from Synergy Fitness were there too. They gave away some great prizes – a one-year membership to Synergy Fitness and a one-month membership with four personal training sessions! We all had a great time and you can check out pictures from the event here!

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