Change, whether personal or professional, can turn your fitness routine on its head and disturb your eating habits. When Liz and I started dating, we were gluttons. We greeted each other with cocktails, and our dates usually started by ordering anything we wanted at restaurants. We were dating, consumed by the fog of new love. We couldn’t be bothered to count calories or worry about portion size.
A couple of months went by, and we recognized individually that our over-indulgence was affecting our bodies. So we adjusted. We started cooking meals at home and moved our dates from the bar to the gym.
Grabbing the health bull by the horns as a couple also gave each of us a natural, reliable support system. If I was feeling weak and wanted to skip a workout or order a full slab of barbecue ribs, Liz was there to tactfully remind me of our goals, and I supported her in kind.
Thus far, this new job has disrupted our gym time. We use this time to work out, of course, but also to talk about our days, discuss our plans, and reconnect. We refuse to lose this bonding time, so we committed to hitting the gym on the weekends, even if it means setting an alarm and waking up early. Additionally, we created a workout matrix so each of us is getting the proper amount of exercise, even if we are not exercising together.
Remember, change can only wreck your routines if you let it. Be adaptable. Adjust. Keep the finish line in mind, and don’t let anything get in your way.