Hey! First post here.
A bit about my situation. I'm in moderately good shape but I'd like to be a bit more so. I've put on a little unwanted weight this year that I'd like to shed in addition to adding muscle tone. I injured my knee in November, which has held me back, and additionally I've had a bit of stress with moving cities this Spring and starting a very intense job with a long commute. So basically, stress, plus eating at irregular hours, plus physically being held back by my knee equals muffin top.
I'm trying to get into the groove of working out regularly. I bought an elliptical and some free weights, and I've been learning what I can and can't do with my knee. However, my efforts are being constantly undermined by my inability to stick to a schedule. After a long day and my incredibly long commute, I get home and ultimately abandon my plans.
So my question is ... Any tips/tricks/rituals you perform that help you to stay motivated at the end of the day?
I really understand your situation. I was in the same a year ago. My left knee is still bothering me but regular workouts make it more stable. For me it helps to print out a schedule where I can cross out the day or workout I've done. So I see what I did all week. Sometimes you get the feeling you haven't achieved anything but the paper proofs you wrong ;) I also try to walk as much as possible and always take the stairs, so I do small workouts everyday at work :) I really wish you the best!
Thank you both for your advice! I think a work out buddy would be good. That's supposed to be my boyfriend's job but he goes way too easy on me.
Working out in the morning would be ideal except that I leave for work at 5:30 AM and I live with four people so I would hate to wake anyone up. But I'm sure that planning around routines would work for me.