Getting Back on Track

I don't know about you, but it is very easy for me to get off track and let a work out here and there slip.  Work and life get in the way and I sometimes (lately it's more often) opt out of my work out for the day.  The days I do skip, I feel guilty for skipping.  It's even harder now that it is getting colder and the sun is setting earlier.  It doesn't help now that the holiday season is in full swing and I can't turn around without bumping into a cookie or a glass of champagne!  So, I've committed to working out a minimum of five days a week.  Whether it is a calendar week (SU-S) or just seven days (TH-W), I want to be sure I do some sort of physical activity for a minimum of thirty minutes five days a week.

Some of you may be thinking "Five days a week is nothing!".  I used to think the same thing.  A couple of years ago, I was really into working out.  I would hit the gym at least six days a week for 60-90 minutes each work out and think nothing of it.  But, I started working at a job where I had to drive 30 miles each way and worked about 55 hours a week.  My work outs became few and far between because I was just too tired to work out after putting in a 10 hour day.  I am not a morning person and I have tried working out before work.  I either don't put in 100% effort or I am dragging by lunchtime.  I've been working out for over 10 years and I'm still waiting to get that burst of energy everyone talks about!  Endorphins, schmorphins!  To be honest, the only time I will work out in the morning is if I have something to do after work (happy hour!) or if I am running a race.

So, I figure if I put it out there for everyone in the virtual world to see, then I will have a better chance of sticking to a work out schedule.  I dared to put down six work outs a week for the next two weeks.  I am hoping by seeing six work outs on my schedule, then I will have a better chance of meeting my minimum.  Plus, Thanksgiving is only EIGHT days away, so I figure an extra work out won't hurt.  I've never, ever regretted a work out and I don't think I've ever regretted six in one week.

Do any of you ever feel completely unmotivated to exercise?
Most days I feel unmotivated, but I know it's something I need to do.  I may not always like it, but I am always happy I've done it!

Do you have any tips squeezing in a work out when your schedule is just so packed?
There is a locker room where I currently work, so I am hoping to be able to get a short run in on the days I'm too busy to exercise after work.  I also find that making it a social event always helps.  I am part of a small running club and we typically run for about 30 minutes then go for a beer after.  It's hard to back out on a work out when you've committed to your friends!

Exercise schedule for 11/17-11/30

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