I posted before about loving the Anna Victoria work out plan and about how much the virtual community around that plan made a difference in my fitness journey. There’s still love in my heart for the virtual fitness community, especially on instagram. I still adore Anna Victoria as a fitness guru but I’ve moved away from following her plan.
I posted about this, too, when I talked about longing for more creativity in my fitness.
So here’s a little update stemming from those thoughts:
For a Beginner, it Has to be About Beginning
That seems overly simple and ridiculously obvious, but hear me out. Even the beginner plans I’ve tried have a number of expectations. They tend to look super do-able on paper but in the middle of a work out maybe not so much. Besides that, even when they are genuinely within my abilities there are other problems around success and failure when this journey is just at the begining and so, so fragile.
Being “off plan” might be one of my best fitness decisions yet. When I followed a fitness plan created by someone else, even if I loved all the components of that plan, it created equal opportunities for failure and success.
If I followed the plan with dedication and discipline I would see results and experience all the joys of success. As someone who loves lists and plans I took great satisfaction in checking off work out after workout, day after day. I really enjoyed the sense of accomplishment that came with completing first one workout, then one week, then another. I liked knowing I wasn’t alone but actually participating alongside so many other people subscribed to the same plan.
All that said… each day that I missed a workout or each move I couldn’t physically do in a given workout became a hovering failure. A bit of a cloud above my head and they added up until they felt bigger than my successes. As soon as the list of perceived failures grew longer than the list of successes and check marks the cause seemed lost.
Now, like much that is related to fitness, the failure I felt so discouraged by was as much in my head as anything else. With a little work, I’m sure it could be overcome.
It would have been a worthy cause to overcome those hang ups. However, I chose instead to rethink my approach to get around the hangups.
What “Off Plan” Looks like For Me
Now I commit to one hour of working out per day. I have very few rules for what that hour has to look like. It can look the same every day or different every day. So far it’s the same every day and I’ve been focused on cardio using the treadmill in the garage.
This allows me to be a little gentler with my expectations of myself at the beginning of my journey. I don’t have the strength, endurance or agility that I have in the past. As frustrating as that can be, having minimal expectations has given me the opportunity to rebuild while also forgiving myself for what I’ve lost, and what I’ve gained.
So far, moving “off plan” has opened more possibilies and given me a healthier mental approach to fitness.
What has changed your fitness routine?