Need an excuse not to go to the gym? Here are mine.

Work, kids, sick, work, work, work, kids, life.

It's been two months since I last updated my diary, and one month since I've been to my glorious 9Round gym. I've been for a few walks and a work out at (gasp!) another gym that's closer to home, but nothing to really be proud of.

So what happened?

My last work out at 9Round was really good. I went every day for a week in an attempt to solidify the habit. I was really proud of my effort, and I loved every minute of my work outs. The next week, I started a reasonably long-term project at work that has kept me busy, and I no longer had a leisurely 90 minutes to go to 9Round, shower, and get back to work. Then school holidays kicked in and I've been trying to manage my workload, look after my daughter and entertain her so that her holiday break isn't totally crap. And then we all got sick and so there's been that.

You'll see the gyms promoting quick workouts that can be done in 30 minutes, but that 30 minutes doesn't include the walk to the gym or the prep before hand, or the shower afterwards. Or the walk back to work. For me, if I am going to make gym attendance a regular thing during my working hours, then I need to allow at least 90 minutes. And while I'm trying to fix my business from annus horribilis last year, taking that time out has been really tough.

The purpose of this whiney yawn-fest of a blog post is to show that excuses for exercise are not always down to being lazy. Sometimes life does get in the way. And in the future, when I have reached my goal of being fit by forty, I want this post to be a reminder that this journey was not easy. That I was challenged on everything, every step of the way. And yes, sometimes I've been too lazy. Sometimes I've chosen to sit on my arse and binge watch Suits instead of moving my arse to achieve my goal. But what I think I'm not going to do is beat myself up over this whole thing. So many people have told me that I need to prioritise my health, and to an extent I've done that. But life does happen and when you have responsibilities other than just rolling out of bed each day, then excuses do have their place. Embrace the excuses!

I guess what I'm saying, is that like every other time I've fallen off the wagon, I've managed to get back on it again. And you should too. If you read this and perhaps feel a bit lost, perhaps you've struggled with making your health a priority, it's not the end of the world. I might be justifying my own breaks from fitness on my quest for good health, but I can only do what I can do and I'm fine with that.

Next week I'm starting a strict keto diet to help kickstart my fat loss. It isn't my favourite diet - far from it, but it does work in short bursts for me to remind my metabolism that it can do better. I am doing this under the guidance of my health coach, Rebekah. I wouldn't advise anyone attempt any sort of restricted diet without supervision of someone who knows what's up.

So. Might be a bit grumpy next week. We'll see.

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